Friday 07.25.14

Putting a Little Cali Swag in Our Step

We know everyone has been wondering how the h-e-double hockey stick our San Francisco hipsters have been doing...and let us tell you, they are swamped and couldn't be more excited! We decided to head to the West Coast to see just exactly what Molly, Lisa, and Josie have been up to!

First up - a Happy Happy Belated Birthday to our gal, Josie! The three celebrated in true NEAT fashion - lunching at Blue Barn of course! Our once SFers Ash & Hez sure are jealous! 

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Don't worry...the SF team didn't let Josie celebrate for too long! Here she is buried in cord organization! ;) 

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And once again, the SF team always has an amazing view while on the job! The crazy thing is, the view never gets old! This photogenic city is just so perfect...to organize! ;)

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San Francisco is known for being such a transitional city, so our NEAT SF team is constantly on a move! It's always an added BONUS when the team gets to work with Main Street Moving & Storage in the Bay Area. Such a reliable and fun moving company to complete jobs with!

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How lovely do these NEATly labeled wicker baskets look? A perfect pantry for a perfect client!

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And here's our DOLL, MollStar at a very fun business luncheon along the Embarcadero. Just who exactly was she meeting with?? Guess you will have to wait a week to find out! We'll just say - we CAN'T WAIT to share some fun and exciting news going on with NEAT and our newest BFFs! 

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Happy Friday everyone!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 07.24.14

Another NEAT Nursery for another NEAT Baby

With our San Diego Hot Momma, Katie B due in just a few short weeks, we can't help but jump for joy knowing the NEAT Team is about to have another cute little man added to the line up!

In honor of our soon-to-be, NEAT new boyfriend, we are taking a peek inside the little nugget's adorable nursery!

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How perfect is this nautical themed nursery? The white washed surf plaques and wood plank nautical art are such a soft and subtle way of bringing the sea indoors!

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The crib and changing table are from Pottery Barn - the Fillmore Collection - and Katie B can't get enough of it! "It is exactly what I envisioned my baby sleeping in!" 

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Other small touches Katie B was sure to include in the perfect nursery for her son: a nautical boat light switch plate cover, a DIY burlap Toys bin, High Seas musical mobile, and a Dream Big Whale Pillow!

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Now that we've seen how amazing the nursery decor is, let's get to the best part...how did Mrs. Organized Mom organize the nursery??

She designated bigger baby items to live in the closet, including: blankets, swaddles, and adorable accessories like shoes and bowties! 

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And let's take a peek inside those drawers! 

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Katie B designated the top drawer for the most used baby items of all, diapers & wipes! The second drawer is filled with additional items also used on a daily basis regular - changing pads and nursing pads. Basically, any items that need to be grabbed quickly when baby is hungry or needs a diaper change asap!

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She also implemented one of NEAT Method's favorite tricks -- folding and filing the clothes in drawers! Rather than the typical drawer situation of piling one item on top of another...this way, both Mom & Dad can dress baby quickly while also changing up the wardrobe! No more putting baby in the same NEAT onsie day after day (as much as we'd like that) ;)

An added bonus to keep baby clothes organized in the drawer is to implement linen drawer organiizers! These can also be used as baby grows. Laslty, it's important to designated specfic drawers for specfic ages, making it easy to transition down the road.

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August 11th can't come soon enough for Mom, Dad, and all his soon-to-be NEAT girlfriends!

xx

the NEAT girls

Professional Photos taken by Heather of Vallentyne Photography

 

Monday 07.21.14

Tip Tuesday :: It's All in the Name

Who doesn't love a good monogram? They are preppy, classy, pretty, and a unique way to personalize your belongings. Whether you own towels, sheets, and/or a piece of jewelry...nowadays pretty much everyone owns something monogrammed. BUT is it an organizational solution? 

We've rounded up some of our favorite finds to keep you organized in true monogrammed style!

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We adore this acrylic catch-all tray! With the gold monogram, it adds a touch of glam to organization!

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This leather valet tray is perfect for the man in your life who needs a place to unload his pockets at the end of the day. 

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Who says you can't take the monogram to the kitchen? We are loving this personalized recipe box, and even more so because the lid functions as the recipe display!

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And this burlap bin is just perfect to display towels, corral blankets, or hold just about anything!

Cheers to adding a touch of personalized glam to organization this week!

xx

the NM girls

Friday 07.18.14

Chicago's Social Status

Yessss Yessss Yesssss, it's Friday!!!! Today we're checking in with our Chicago beauties - Ashley, Brooke, Heather, and Mollie! And since they seem to be such social butterflies, we've rounded up some photos from their recent festivities! From Birthday parties, dinner events, a visit from our Florida babe Marissa, to a Henson Consulting event at Tortoise Club... these girls have done it all lately!

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Now who's up for a cocktail with us?? TGIF!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 07.17.14

Dear LeBron...

We know you averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game last season with the Miami Heat. We also know you earned two titles and evolved into currently the greatest basketball player on the planet (despite that whole leg cramp situation).

We also know you never truly left northeastern Ohio. As you prepare to pack up your wife and children, say goodbye to So Flo, and make the move back to the Midwest...do you really know what you're doing?? You may be the king of the court, but chances are you could use some of our expert advice when it comes to actually moving. Don't worry, we've got you covered! And trust us, Savannah will be equally as thrilled ;)

 

Now you may think as a "baller basketball player" (pun intended) that you should hire a big-wig moving company. But, chances are this is not your best bet. You are most likely going to get even better treatment if you choose a local "mom & pop" type moving company! (This generally goes for anyone) For you, LeBron, we recommend George Lima Movers to help you with an easy transition from Miami to Ohio.

Added bonus - our NEAT South Florida team can help pack you up, making your unpacking process in Ohio that much smoother! 

We know you've accumulated a ton of stuff. Whether its free gear or products, you like could use to get rid of some things before the move! Think about how much good you could do for society, and for your move, if you were to have a yard sale and donate all the money to The LeBron James Family Foundation! We know our NEAT basketball star, Heather would definitely purchase some things! 

And how are you going to display all your bling rings when you move into the new pad?? We suggest a solid cherry wood. glass ring presentation case. Your friends will also appreciate admiring them next time they are over! This way (being the BIG man that you are), your less likely to loose such SMALL items!

Seeing as you've been playing ball for almost 20 years now, you've definitely acquired a fabulous collection of great kicks! You many not believe what we are about to say... BUT, we suggest designating a closet to display your sneaker hoarding tendency that we all know you have! The reality is, you will always have a large shoe collection and instead of just letting them invade all different spaces and corners of the house, have one space specifically designed to keep your shoes organized together!

Lastly, if you ever get in a serious pinch (ie Savannah's purses are invading your side of the closet... or your underwear drawer won't close because its too full)...you know who to call! NEAT's got you covered! ;)

xx

the NEAT girls

And oh yeah, go Cavs!

Monday 07.14.14

Tip Tuesday :: Ryan Gosling on Diaper Duty

Millions, we mean millions, of hearts broke last week when it was confirmed that Ryan Gosling is indeed going to be a Father to Eva Mendes' baby bump. While we are crushed indeed, we can't deny what a great & smokin' hot Father he will be! 

So today, in honor of one of the HUNKIEST Father's alive...we've rounded up some of our fav masculine bags for the diaper duty Father to carry on-the-go!

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The FJALL RAVEN Kanken bag is perfect for the Father who wants his bag to funtion as a backpack and/or tote based on each baby situation. 

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For the Father who wants a more rugged, yet styled look, the JCrew Abingdon Rucksack is perfect! It will wear well and last for years!

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The Herschel Strand Handhold bag is another great one for Dads. With a spacious interior and zip-top closure, it will hold a decent amount of baby items while also ensuring no spill overs (hopefully)!

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How great looking is this Twill Snap Backpack by Everlane?? Talk about a good looking male (or female) backpack! 

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Jack Spade has a great Nylon Wing Duffle for the Father who wants a single strap bag that holds a little more for all day baby duty. 

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As sad as we are, we cant' WAIT to see Ryan & Eva's beautiful new bundle of joy! Talk about a heartbreaker!

What diaper bag(s) does your significant other carry around? Share your favorite below!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Friday 07.11.14

Hot, Hot, Hot Scottsdale!

It's been awhile since we checked in on all things Scottsdale, Arizona has to offer...most importantly being, our BABE Mika and NEAT Method Scottsdale! We decided to pay the West's most Western town a visit and see just exactly what we've been missing out on! 

Let's kick this recap off with a bang! Mika was recently featured in Modern Luxury Scottsdale and we couldn't be more proud! Read the entire (amazing) article here!

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Besides being in magazines all over the city, Mika was busy transforming this walk-in pantry! Designating different baskets for each category will help this family find items easier, while also using what's on hand! 

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Here is another amazing before & after transformation of the NEAT life! Mika helped this client clear the clutter! Of course who wouldn't prefer to walk into the closet on the right, versus the closet on the left?!

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And how cute is her little family on the 4th of July? So patriotic!

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And here is her sweet sweet Reesey up close and personal! 

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How stunning are all these Scottsdale babes at a recent Modern Luxury event at Barre3?! We spy Mika in the bottom left corner getting her sweat on for a ballet barre class!

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Just like this recap started, let's end it on another MAJOR bang!! Some of you may have been lucky enough to see Mika on the local NEWS! That's right - Mika was recently a guest on Channel 3 's Your Life A to Z segment dishing on some of her latest organizing tips and tricks in recent cleints' homes! AND she was a total natural! (obviously... she's got the TV hair for it after all)

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And what did Mika do to say thank you to her friends who allowed her to borrow their baubles for the TV segment? She baked cute NEAT cookies of course!

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Isn't she just the sweetest?! Watch out Scottsdale, just like your weather...Mika Perry is getting HOT HOT HOT!

xx

the NEAT girls

Wednesday 07.09.14

How the NEAT Girls Play Games....

Can you guess what our gal Ashley is up to in this picture?? 

(side note: that creepy robot in the corner... is her husband! Oh and she is supposed to be a Valley Girl! Ha!)

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Ashley and her friends spent the weekend playing a hilarious new game that she couldn't help but want to share with all of you! Utter Nonsense! is an amazing game where players combine stereotypical accents with outrageous phrases. (Warning: This game is not suitable for children, but very much suitable for adults with a sense of humor). Two of her friends created the game and asked that she help participate in the video production for their Kickstarter campaign. Please join her in supporting a great GAME for a fun time! 

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With all of this game talk, it obviously makes us to want to chat "great ways to organize your go-to favorite games". Duh! (spoken in a Valley Girl voice from Ashley). 

1. Use drawer organizers! -- Designate a drawer in the family room for games! Implementing drawer organizers will keep pieces separated and easily accessible to pull out when it's time to have some fun!

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2. Display your games like art! -- Save space and turn your games into a beaitful display on the wall! How cute is this set up??

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3. It's all about the shelving! -- Having the proper storage unit to corral games is very important! We are absolutely adoring this lime one from The Land of Nod! 

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4. Ditch the packaging! -- Who wants to struggle with organizing all the games when they come in an array of shapes and sizes? Just making them all fit within a storage space can be a puzzle! We recommend ditching the boxes all together and get all new matching bins!

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Who's up for playing some games with us?? We promise we won't make you dress up like Ash. 

xx

the NEAT girls

PS Be sure to like Utter Nonsense! on Facebook and follow them on Instagram

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Tuesday 07.08.14

Disorganized Couple Seeks Professional Help

Real Simple's most recent July issue has hit stands and really hit home hard for us...

"Disorganized Couple Seeks Professional Help -- Could working with a home organizer actually be better for a marriage than therapy?"

 

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Now of course, we by no means hold Masters Degrees in Organizational Physcology, but we do like to think that we tend to help save marriages! (Actually we've been told so, but those stories are for another day) ;)

Knowing that disorganization and clutter can take a toll on your marriage is the first step in conquering the problem. With that in mind, we're pointing out some common scenarios that tend to cause tension for couples, and how a few organizational changes can make daily life just a little less stressful. 

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Scenario 1 :: Papers, mail, papers, and more mail...

Imagine a labeled filing system in your home for all your incoming mail, bills, and important paperwork. Designate an "Inbox" for you and your significant other to review time sensitive paperwork. We would recommend that one of you take on the task as the "bill payer and filer." Don't worry, the other person can clean the dishes! Just getting through your paperwork alone will make your home feel a little less cluttered. 

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Scenario 2 :: The kids' toys are everywhere, making our home feel cluttered and tense...

How will your home ever feel peaceful and relaxing if the entire place feels like you walked into a tornado stricken Toys R Us? You've heard it from us before, but we are going to say it again... Give everything a LABEL! That way, there is no confusion as to where things need to be placed. Just think, your children will no longer have an excuse of not putting things away when there is a label in front of them that screams crayons or cars

Wouldn't you be instantly happier if you came home to a space like this?

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Scenario 3 :: The laundry has taken over the laundry room, and now the bedroom furniture and floors...

This is a tough one! If you both are naturally messy people, this will be a little bit more of a challenge to change your habits. It's important to have a great laundry hamper - we like this one or this one! If doing the laundry is really causing unnecessary stress and tension - just send it out! It may seem a little luxury, but if it keeps you both from arguing it might be your best invesetment yet! Well that and hiring NEAT Method of course. There are now great door-to-door laundry service companies that can handle it for you! Our current favorite is Washio!

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Now, let's be honest, it's going to take a little more than organization to save a marriage...but, we have heard that those that work as a team on this type of thing tend to have a healthier relationship. And - if your budget will allow, we highly recommend making the small investment of hiring an organizer to get you set up with the necessary solutions!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Monday 07.07.14

We're Showing You Our Stars & Stripes!

With July 4th Weekend over, we can't help but want to yell "boo!" this Monday. We figured the only way to ease back into the work week, is to reminisce about all the FUN we had celebrating America's Birthday!

Here's just a glimpse at what our girls were up to - decked out in red, white, and blue of course!

  

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We hope everyone had a wonderful 4th - we sure did! God Bless America!

xx

the NEAT girls

 
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