Friday 01.23.15

Friday Recap :: A Few Resolutions the NEAT Girls Stick To...

January is almost over and we are officially getting into the swing of 2015. The NEAT girls have realized that we have started to let our resolutions go to the wayside - have you? Luckily, not all NEAT girls have gone astray. Today, our "resolution keepers" are sharing what they are doing and how you can achieve their resolutions too! 

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Lisa in San Francisco is keeping on top of her daugther's clothing since she is constantly growing! It's never too late to resolve to tame the beast that is outgrown children's clothing.
 
Rather than tossing too small clothing back into the dresser drawer, place a bin or bag in your child's closet. Every time you encounter a pair of leggings that are too small, quickly toss it into the bin. This will save you time during your morning routine and help avoid the inevitable frustration that comes from constantly grabbing the same (too-small) leggings. Once the bin is full, either store it for the next kiddo, donate it, or sell it to a kids' consignment shop at a time that's convenient for you. In SF, outgrown clothing and gear can be sold at Chloe's Closet
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Out East, Catherine in D.C. decided to have a fitness focus in 2015. She suggests reevaluating your workout wardrobe and only keeping the things that make you look great while exercising. After you have purged your overworn gear, she suggests signing up for a fun new class at Spark Yoga. She just did a 2 hour handstand workshop and LOVED it!

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In South Florida, Marissa is doing a little wardrobe therapy. Purging your closet is easy, especially when your bank account benefits too! Her favorite couture consignment company is The Sophisticate. Owner, Vanessa is amazing! She will leave your closet happy and your pocket full.

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Clearly the wardrobe is on more than Marissa's mind this year. Ashley and Brooke in Chicago believe that working with a wardrobe stylist, like Puja Batura of Puja Batura Edit. Style. Shop, can help you edit your current wardrobe, enhance your existing pieces and make room for new items. With a fresh perspective on your wardrobe you'll be more inspired to shop for new pieces from some of their favorite local spots like Cinnamon Boutique, Luxury Garage Sale, and Handle with Care. Cheers to a stylish 2015!

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Katie in San Diego is keeping things clean. Clean eating that is! She can't live without her juice on the go and doesn't go anywhere but Beaming Juice Bar. Lucky for her, they just opened shops up in Brentwood and Santa Monica which means she can stay on track wherever she goes. 

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Ready to get started on your resolution? It's never too late! Keep us posted!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Thursday 01.22.15

Life with a NEAT Wife (A Man's Perspective)

Hello NEAT-o's! This week we have something very special for you! One NEAT girl's husband is sharing his perspective on living the NEAT life and we are sure you are going to ENJOY every bit of these (comical) tips! Before we get started, we thought we would share a bit about our guest blogger. Russ Perry is married to Mika (our NEAT Scottsdale girl) and happens to be an entrepreneur himself. Check out his perspective on living the NEAT life!

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Hi, my name is Russ Perry, and I have a NEAT wife.
 
Before I met Mika, my life was, well, not neat. I am one of those “creative” types and never in a million years would I have thought to put dishes away in the same cabinet – EVERY TIME – or to actually label bins with what’s inside (amazing trick by the way). The truth is – now that I’ve made the transition, the NEAT life is pretty awesome. I still remember the first day my closet was organized and my wardrobe increased by 50%. Turns out when you store shirts on the floor, you tend to forget about them. 
 
But let’s rewind a little bit. For a large majority of men, a NEAT life is not something that appears out of nowhere. Unless you are born with the NEAT gene, there are only two ways it happens: 
 
You actually hire NEAT Method
You meet that special NEAT-er someone.
 
I happen to be in the second camp, and years before Mika was an official NEAT girl, the transformation began. If you’ve experienced this transition you know exactly what I mean. Your favorite college t-shirt goes missing. Your shower has 10 new products perfectly aligned. The junk drawer becomes the small-items-well-organized drawer.
 
If this has yet to happen, I am here to help, and if you follow my guide below, you’ll be lightyears ahead of most men faced with the same journey. 
 
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How To Survive A NEAT life transition
 
1. Be Aware – The first step is to make sure you know when a NEAT transition is happening. This allows you to proceed with the rest of the steps. I’ve included a few signs above, but here are several more indicators: 1 - Frequent trips to the Container Store. 2 – An influx of chalk labels. 3 – A lot of quinoa in acrylic containers
 
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2. Acceptance – When you have found your soulmate – and that soulmate possesses a NEAT aesthetic far more advanced than your own – the transition is inevitable. Like the T-1000, she will be relentless. Persistent. Never stopping. You can resist, you can complain, but until she’s changed the course of your organizational future, she will never rest until her mission is complete. 
 
3. Document – You know what’s happening. You’ve accepted what’s happening. Now it is time to do what you can to preserve memories of your past non-NEAT life. To ease the separation pain from your amazing pewter belt buckle collection, all those hilarious t-shirts made during your screenprinting phase, and an awesome soccer scarf from Croatia, take photos of them as soon as possible. I prefer to keep the photos in an Evernote notebook called “Awesome Things I Used To Own And Now Are Missing”. Trust me this notebook will get very full. 
 
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4. Learn the systems – One part of being NEAT is a rhyme and reason for all your important spaces throughout the home. Learning where things go, how they are stored, and the system of categorization as soon as possible will put you in an organizational flow state. 
 
5. Own your own NEAT – The final step is to eventually foster a little NEAT inside yourself. Taking 5-10 minutes a day to mirror your counterpart’s organizational obsession will pay out 100x in the long run. I will never be able to color coordinate a closet, but I can keep my ties neatly rolled in small cubbies. The more you think about being NEAT, surprisingly, the easier it becomes.
 
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Everyone’s NEAT life transition will be different – and if that partner has yet to come into your life, perhaps proactive NEATness will do the trick. Either way – I really do love my newer, NEAT-er life and wouldn’t trade it for the world. 
 
Best of luck – oh, one more thing – I seem to be missing my vintage Star Trek windbreaker signed by Warren G. If you happen to find it, please do let me know…
 
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About our Author - Russ Perry is an Arizona native and has spent the last 10 years working with brands such as Apple, LG, Morgan Stanley and the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2014, he founded Design Pickle, a startup that provides unlimited graphic design help for only $195 per month. Russ believes there is a better way to get your day-to-day graphic design done and it doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune or even worse – take up all your time. Learn more about Russ and his startup at DesignPickle.com/neat

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Tuesday 01.20.15

Tip Tuesday :: 3 Things You Can NOT Live Without

Do you love searching and finding the latest and greatest? We do, too! This week, we decided to let our best kept secrets out of the bag with our new organizing obsessions! 

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Having trouble finding the best, and more importantly most attractive bins for your kid's toys? We like to drool over ever option at Pehr Designs. These would look good sitting just about anywhere in your home. NEAT approved!

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The next obsession is for the modern organizer. This site was sent to us by a regular NEAT blog reader and we haven't been able to peel our eyes away from Present & Correct since. Our shopping cart is full and we are ready to take our client's homes to the next level with these unique solutions.

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Last, but certainly not least, if you haven't been to the site, Dot & Bo, we suggest you head there now and sign up! They have had some really fun and unique organizational solutions. Make sure to check out the Robusto Magazine Holder...amazing! 

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Have a site that we need to know about? Spill the beans and email us today! 

xx

the NEAT girls

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Friday 01.16.15

WARNING :: Cute Baby News!!!

He's HERE! He's HERE! We're so excited to announce that baby Hudson has entered our NEAT World! In case you missed the news, Molly and her husband, Ryan had their little boy last week. How funny that another boy is joining our team of all NEAT girls?!?! We may just have to start reconsidering our name. 

* queue cute baby photos below

     

     

     

Could he be any cuter??? Welcome to the world Hudson Allan Graves. 

xx

the NEAT girls & their even NEATer baby boys

Thursday 01.15.15

Inside A NEAT Girl's Amazing Home - Michigan

It's no secret that we LOVE to live NEATly! Of course we take pride in our homes and are a little (or A LOT) obsessed with how orderly we keep things. You may be surprised to learn though that a few of us are beyond GOOD at the actual design of a home. With that being said...we've decided to start BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL by sharing with you the home of our NEAT Michigan girl, Lauren Combs.

We don't often dabble into the world of "true" design, but as you can see from the following pictures this NEAT girl has got it down. 

* all photos c/o Jennifer Shane Photography

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FLOR Carpet Tiles :: Bertoia Diamond Chair and Ottoman :: Oeuf Sparrow Crib :: Knoll Textiles Drapery :: Sheepskin Rug :: Star Wallpaper

How amazing is LC's house?? We hope to share with you more of the Neat Girls' Homes over the next few months. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. We are by no means designers, but as you can see from Lauren, we take much pride in the appearance of our homes. So, we hope you ENJOY as much as we do!

xx

the NEAT girls 

Tuesday 01.13.15

Tip Tuesday :: Last Weeks Giveaways PLUS What's in Store!

In case you haven't heard...we've recently paired up with The Organizing Store to give away 31 products and tips this month. Have you won yet?! We certainly hope so! In case you have missed the items up for grabs, we thought we would share with you the quick ways you can organize spaces with our fast and easy tips to get you organized in the New Year. 

:: Day 7 Tip - Organizing Purses :: 

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:: Day 8 - Get Wrapped up with Scarf Organization :: 

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:: Day 9 - How to Organize Ties :: 

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:: Day 10 - Make your Makeup NEAT :: 

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:: Day 11 - To Do Lists Done Right ::

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:: Day 12 - Bauble Bliss :: 

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:: Day 13 - Get Your Nail Polish Looking... Polished :: 

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Want to know what is up for grabs this week? Check out all the great prizes you can win below! Be sure to enter here.

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Best of luck and enjoy getting organized this New Year!

xx

the NEAT girls

Friday 01.09.15

NEAT Eats for 2015!

Is it just us or does 2015 seem like a good year to check a few things off our Bucket Lists??? Well, besides the typical...travel the world, climb Mt. Everest, learn to paint like Picasso, etc. we figured we'd start small and try to get to that ONE restaurant in each of our cities that we've all been dying to try! Or if we've tried it (in some cases), make plans to return because it was just that good. 

See below for our "Must-Go-To's" for 2015. In an effort to support the food scene in each of our cities, we'd LOVE to hear your's as well! 

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From left to right -

1. Lisa choice in San Francisco :: Bar Crudo

2. Lauren's choice in Michigan :: Selden Standard

3. Mika's choice in Scottsdale :: Virtu - Honest Craft

4. Lauren's choice in the Twin Cities :: The Bachelor Farmer

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5. Katie B's choice in San Diego :: Cucina Enoteca
 
6. Marissa's choice in Ft. Lauderdale :: Fork & Balls (ummm...this obviously wins for BEST name)
 
7. Julia's choice in Columbus :: The Guild House
 
8. Brooke's choice in Chicago :: Girl & the Goat
 
 
Are any of these on your list as well??? If so, let us know when you are going and we just may show up with you! Happy Eating in 2015. 
 
xx
the NEAT girls
Thursday 01.08.15

Top 5 Resolutions and How to Keep Them This Year

This year, we want you to make a resolution and keep it! Since organizing typically makes the popular list, we know a thing or two about ensuring a resolution is accomplished in the New Year. Here are the top five resolutions and how we think you should see them through!

The 5th Most Popular Resolution :: Stay Fit and Healthy - If this resolution sounds familiar to you, we suggest you look into the Fitbit or the new Health App that comes with the Apple IOS8! 

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The 4th Most Popluar Resolution :: Enjoy Life to the Fullest - Ready to start today on the right foot? Consider following National Geographic, Go Pro and Lonely Planet to inspire your next adventure!

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The 3rd Most Popular Resolution :: Spend Less, Save More - This can be a tough one if you are not the most financially savvy. Lucky for you, these apps help make money management simple. Mint is the most well known, You Need a Budget makes things quite clear, and we love LearnVest because it was also started by a female entrepreneur!

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The 2nd Most Popular Resolution :: Get Organized - Let's keep it simple (our favorite thing to do!) Enter The Organizing Store's 31 days of giveaways and continue to find organizational inspiration here!

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The #1 Most Popular Resolution :: Lose Weight - If you are not ready to join Weight Watchers and prefer a more personal and private weight loss journey, consider signing up for Rise. You will be on your way to your goal weight in no time!

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We hope you are able to keep your resolutions this year (at least for the month)! Cheers to living a happier, healthier and more organized 2015!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Tuesday 01.06.15

Tip Tuesday :: 5 Tips You Can't Live Without (Plus a Giveaway!)

As you might have heard, NEAT has teamed up with The Organizing Store to start the New Year off right! NEAT gives a daily tip and The Organizing Store gives you a chance to win a product - it doesn't get much better than that, right?!?! Check out the tips we have shared plus the products you can win! 

:: Day 2 NEAT Tip :: When storing china, leave yourself a note in the china storage box that documents how many chipped/broken plates you have so that nothing comes as a surprise next year. Don't have a china storage set yet? Enter to win this set of four from Storage Essentials!

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:: Day 3 NEAT Tip :: Kids toys can take over the house in the blink of an eye! Take 30 minutes with your child to help decide which toys are no longer necessary. Starting them early on the, "less is more" campaign will pay off in the end. To help corral those kids toys, win this adorable Three Sprouts whale toy chest!

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:: Day 4 NEAT Tip :: Have a problem keeping track of your keys? Keep a tray on the entrance table and drop them in once you walk in the door. We would die to have this adorable Kate Spade tray at our front door and it can be yours THIS WEEK!

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:: Day 5 NEAT Tip :: When trying to get your closet in tip top shape, NEAT lives by color coding first. We use the, "ROY G BIV" method:: white, pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet, brown, grey, black. Already color coded? Enter to win a set of Closette-too hangers.

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:: Day 6 NEAT Tip :: Now that your clothes are organized, it's time to take care of your beloved shoes! Keep your less worn, dressier shoes in clear plastic bins so you know what you have. Still can't see what's inside? Take a polaroid! If your feeling inspired, this giveaway helps you put your right foot forward with 6 Iris drop front shoe boxes. (See what we did there??) 

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Want to enter for a chance to win all of these awesome products? Follow this link - Best of Luck!

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xx

the NEAT girls 

Friday 01.02.15

Friday Recap :: NYE with the NEAT girls

Happy 2015! We hope you have already spent your first day a step closer to achieving your New Year's Resolution. If you are like us, you've made a list of resolutions that sound like good ideas and are still trying to figure out which one to settle on... In the meantime, we thought we'd share how we all brought in the New Year this year. 

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Ft. Lauderdale, South Florida, Miami, Marissa Crylen, Marissa Hagmeyer, setting the table, table setting, holiday decor, New Years, hosting, party planning, food, cooking,

        

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We hope your holiday season was as fun as ours. Cheers to living NEAT in 2015!

xx

the NEAT girls

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