Thursday 04.17.14

The Hunt is On!

With the Easter Bunny arriving in just 3 days, we can't help but think about Sunday morning's hunt! But (pardon our French) screw eggs and candy, we only care about getting a nice new basket! With the holiday fast approaching...here are a few baskets we are hoping to find this Sunday!

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Oh, and we guess we wouldn't mind finding Peeps S'mores either! Talk about cute, clever, and a litle taste of (early) summer!

We hope the Easter Bunny brings you everything you've wished for!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Tuesday 04.15.14

Street Style :: Coachella

In honor of The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in SoCal this past weekend (and next weekend), we've decided to dedicate today's post to all things bohemian chic and endless beats!

With Coachella in mind, here are some creative ways to organize all things music related in your life!

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1. Make a cute case for your headphones! Transform a small travel QTip container into a convenient earbud holder! Now, no more tangled mess in your purse or need to wind it around the little apple headphone thing container. Learn how to here!

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2. For those of you who still enjoy music, but would prefer to save the memory space on your phone for capturing all of life's precious moments (ie #selfie or a "look at my breakfast" pic) then save your music for the computer and just download the Iphone/tablet app, Songza. Songza plays music based on time of day and your mood or activity..working out, making dinner, having a party, etc! The list is endless. Plus, its FREE!

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3. Can't seem to part with your massive collection of bulky CDs? We actually approve of this organizing method! Ditch the hard cases, place them in individual envelopes, and file in a cute wire basket! Not only is it a huge space saver, but it actually looks great too!

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Organization is music to our ears! Dorky comment? Maybe. True statement? Fact! 

And although we are by no means fashion experts, we couldn't help but share with you some of our favorite looks from a few celebs this weekend!

 

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Who's got extra tickets and wants to invite the NEAT girls this weekend?? 

xx

the NEAT girls

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Thursday 04.10.14

Make Your Kitchen OutSTANDing

While we have shared many of our favorite tried and true organizing products, we realized there is one that we often neglect to mention. Before we spill the beans, we thought it would be fun to play a quick game of Guess Who. Your clues are: It sits alone usually in large deep cabinets or drawers. It is typically made of metal or wood. It prevents a lot of kitchen clatter. And above all, it is just plain out-STAND-ing. Can you Guess Who we are referring to??

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Drum roll please .... and the answer is - the often forgotten, yet fabulous --- LID STAND!

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It can be used for pot & pan lids, cutting boards, and even cookie sheets if necessary. It is truly a gamechanger and the differentiator between an okay kitchen and an out-STAND-ing kitchen. Well at least in our humble opinion!

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Once you learn to love the lid stand as much as we do, you will also need to have a counter top one that holds your stir spoon and even your iPad! Kilpy really thought of everything with this all-in-one accessory!

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Well, our secret is out, and we hope it is just the extra touch your kitchen needed to transform it to out-STAND-ing! 

xx
the NEAT girls

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Tuesday 04.08.14

Not So Taxing

As we all know, April 15th can often times be like a trip to the dentist. Not exactly something we like to deal with, but figured we better do so in order to keep our pearly whites or avoid an orange jumpsuit in this case. 

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We have a few simple pieces of advice to make this annual season not so taxing next year!

Tip #1 :: Knowledge is key. It is hard to be prepared without knowing what Uncle Sam is going to want to see. One of our favorite places to reference is The Container Store's blog to remind our clients what is necessary to keep temporarily, what needs a permanent home, and what can be discarded.

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Tip #2 :: Files & a fire safe box are all you need. Use hanging files as your broader categories and manilla folders for subcategories. If you give your papers a destination they are more likely to make it out of your inbox. Use a fire safe box for all your permanent docs so they are locked and protected. 

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Tip #3 :: Pay special attention to your tax file this year and store all documents you may need to file your 2014 return. That way, at this time next year you will be out enjoying your suprise tax return money!

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So good luck with Uncle Sam this year. Oh....and don't forget to make your dentist appointment as well. Cheers to an easy 2014 tax season!

xx
the NEAT girls

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Monday 04.07.14

Another NEAT doll added to the bunch! Bring it on!

Mondays are typically depressing since the weekend is over, but we can't help but jump for JOY on this particular Monday! Today we are super excited (like it's Christmas morning) to share with you the newest addition to the NEAT team! She is a loving wife, mother of two, and though itty bitty, she can whip your home into tip top NEAT shape in no time! Oh, and did we mention...she's stunning?!

Without further ado, please welcome NEAT Scottsdale to the lineup! 

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NM :: So girlfriend give us the facts! Let's start with your name and where you were born.

MP :: Hello hello NEAT freaks! I'm Mika Jennifer Perry (maiden name: Gabriel). You pronounce it like “Meeka,” but I get “Micah” a LOT and even “Mike” sometimes. I puzzle Starbucks baristas on a regular basis.

I was born in Japan and lived in Tokyo, New York, and Seattle before our family finally settled in Tucson, AZ. And by “family” I should mention it is very small - I’m an only child!

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NM :: Wow! You've really lived everywhere! What made you settle in Scottsdale, Arizona?

MP :: Arizona State University brought me to the “Valley of the Sun” (as they call it around here), but I stayed because I absolutely LOVE all the days of sun here! I think Scottsdale averages around 300 days of sunshine! A year! I'm spoiled! Phoenix is actually the 5th largest city in the US (which many people don’t know) and it’s made up of many amazing surrounding towns and suburbs. The resort feel and luxe lifestyle of Scottsdale just can’t be beat! And it also helps that my family and closest friends are all in AZ! 

My loving husband, Russ, and I have two beautiful girls - Maddix (8 years old) and Reese (1 years old) & we all agree that Scottsdale couldn't be a more perfect home for us!

(cue absolutley ADORABLE family photo)

 

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NM :: What are some of your favorite shops in Scottsdale? Or where do you like to eat? Our Scottsdale readers are dying to know where you spend your time when you are not busy making other people NEAT!

MP :: I am going to address the food part first, because I happen to LOVE to cook and eat - and look forward every month to my delivery of Bon Appetit and Saveur magazine! 

Date night: Chelsea’s Kitchen (FREE salted chocolate chip cookies on the way out. Enough said!), Mastros City Hall (steak & butter cake), Grazie Pizzeria (one of my favorites!)

Brunch with girlfriends: The Herb Box (great patio) and The Henry (love their espresso bar)

Group Outing: The Yard (a huge place housed in an old car-repair garage with ping pong!), Stingray Sushi (I dare you to try to find the door), and AZ88 (where else can you get waffle fries with your extra dirty martini?)

OK now SHOPPING! The Scottsdale Quarter has pretty much everything you need. There is also Fashion Square, the state’s largest shopping center! Small boutiques and local shops around town that are particularly stylish and cute are: Amy, Inc., Nove, and Stephanies. Oh and I can't forget Baby Lux in DC Ranch, which has the most amazing little kids clothes!! 

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NM :: Ok now that we know where you like to eat and shop, tell us a little bit more about this OCD tendency of yours! Where are you the most NEAT? :)

MP :: ….ummm I have to pick one? Having to have my bed made before starting the day, not being able to sleep unless the house is picked up, re-writing to-do lists because my handwriting doesn’t look right…probably typical stuff for a NEAT girl, right?

One thing I would say is pretty crazy OCD is my pre-travel routine. I cannot put anything into my suitcase without cleaning it first i.e. I have to wash all my makeup brushes & wipe down each makeup container and steam all my clothes. I also make sure my outfits share a general color theme, and I pack things in ziplock bags and label them. I also make sure to make time for me pre-travel - aka a spray tan, freshly painted nails, and my teeth whitened. I think traveling can be a hectic event, so having at least myself put together at my best makes for a happier trip!

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NM :: Ummmm your travel routine is AMAZING! Hysterical. Now, the most important question of this interview process. Are you ready? Who is your celebrity crush??

MP :: I know this is a BIG NEAT girl question... so I have been waiting for it!!! I’m going to start with my girl crush, Jennifer Lawrence. Are people calling her JLaw now? If not, they totally should. Anyway, JLaw needs to be my BFF because she is effortlessly hilarious. For the fellas, Heather I am Team Taylor Kitch all the way with you!!! He’s not a big star, so I died when I saw you picked him for the Valentines crush post! I loved him in Friday Night Lights. My husband watched the show with me, too, so I think he’ll be OK with this confession. Oh, I also really love Andy Cohen on Bravo!

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NM :: Now let's get to the real FUN! Give us some serious scoop on all things Mika. What do most people not know about you?

MP :: I  am fluent in Japanese. I enjoy classical music...and rap. Which doesn't totally make sense?! Also... I cannot get my hair to be big enough...like ever. I am OBSESSED with BIG hair. I'm 5'5'' but when my hair is done right, I'm 5'7''

(cue big hair, don't care) 

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NM :: What makes you most excited about NEAT Scottsdale?

MP :: Scottsdale already has an appreciation for a well-balanced, healthy, fun, resort-like lifestyle, and residents here are known to truly embrace aesthetics and a luxuriously-appointed living space. This town is ready for someone to put all the puzzle pieces together and introduce them to the NEAT life - and I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be the one to get it started! 

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NM :: Anything you would like to tell our Scottsdale followers in particular?

MP :: Absolutely! When I first came across Ashley, Molly and NEAT, I was already planning to start my own organizing company. I had this feeling that these NEAT girls were up to something amazing, and I always believe "go with your instincts," so I reached out. Months later, here we are - and the support and response I’ve already gotten about NEAT coming to Scottsdale has been overwhelming! What I love most is that everyone here at NEAT is someone you just want to be friends with immediately. I’m thrilled to spend each day doing something I love - but the extra step we take in making the client experience one where they look back and say "wow, that was actually fun!" is the icing on the cake. Bring it on Scottsdale! :)

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We want to point out that Mika has been loving a good bin since age 3 (see above)... so she's clearly perfect for the job! Isn't she just the cutest thing ever?

We couldn't be more honored to have Mika launching NEAT Scottsdale! Please give her a big warm welcome to the NEAT life!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 04.03.14

Diaper Bag 101

Often times when prepping for baby, we worry too much about the big things that we need and forget about the little things that we actually use every day. It turns out that your diaper bag will likely be used more than anything else you've purchased for this new little human in your life. We figured it was time to share our diaper bag basics to help keep you organized when toting all of your baby loot around town. 

1. Try to Find a Simple Bag. A few of our NEAT mom's can attest to the fact that it isn't easy to find a simple diaper bag. They just don't seem to exist! Every bag made for baby has more compartments than one can count. Making it even more difficult to keep track of all of the junk you have to haul around. These are some of our favorites!

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2. Contain Everything. There are lots of little things that can fly loose in your bag. If you have a way to contain each one of these items, you won't have to dig in your bag to find that one binkie that, in the moment, will save your life. We recommend using a few different bags inside your one big bag to contain these items. Our friends over at Truffle make these amazing pouches that you can see inside of and the colors allow you to categorize everything individually. 

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3. Clean It Out. We get it! There isn't time in the day to shower, let alone clean out your diaper bag. All we are requesting is 1x/week. Make sure you are lugging only the necessities. Clear out the old snacks, the dirty binkies (and diapers for that matter) and make sure you have replenished everything that will get you through a day away from the house. 

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Please let us know if you have any more questions on how to get organized for baby. We've got you covered from nurseries to playrooms! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Tuesday 04.01.14

Humble brag...Our 1st MAJOR Celebrity!

We don't usually share who our clients are, but this one was so BIG that we begged for permission to share. After a few bribes and compliments, they agreed to allow us one pic of their AMAZING closet space! It's fair to say that this one was quite possibly our ABSOLUTE favorite. It required all of us (from ALL 7 cities) to complete this closet made for a Queen....and King!

 

 

 

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Thank You, Brad & Angie for allowing us into your beautiful home! We so appreciate the LOVE and look forward to working with you again in the future. 

Below is a pic of their perfect closet made perfect by NEAT...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yours truly-

xx

the NEAT girls

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Friday 03.28.14

Friday Recap :: NEAT across the country

It's been a while since we gave you an, "all company" recap, so we figured we would share what the latest and greatest has been going on in all cities this week! First up are our East Coast beauties, Catherine and Raelynn in Washington, D.C. They had the opportunity to organize at the new DC City Center. Check out the cool new highrise here.

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Directly West (and we mean really, REALLY West) the SF girls got to organize some fabulous baubles at a client's house. Nothings makes jewelry sparkle quite like acrylic organizers! 

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San Diego is starting out Spring with a, "Spring Space Lift" promotion! Interested in hearing more? Contat Katie at Katie(at)neatmethod(dot)com.

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This winter has been a brutal in the Midwest so it was such a treat for Lauren in the Twin cities to be able to give this family their family room back! Check out this before and after photo of the space!

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In Chicago, Ashley quit the winter weather and headed West to Arizona. While meeting with our newest NEAT girl, (eek! New city coming soon!) she could not get enough of this organized restaurant in the Scottsdale area.

Down in South Florida, Marissa made this man's space into one even a woman can appreciate. We love a man in a nice suit!

And last, but certainly not least, Katie in Dallas had fun transforming this closet for her clients. Check out this amazing before and after of the closet - the hight in this space makes every NEAT girl jealous!

 

We hope you had an amazing week - TGIF!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 03.27.14

The NEATest Blogs Around...

On a regular basis, the NEAT girls love to share new organizational solutions with you every week. Today, we decided to change it up a bit and share other blogs that we, personally cannot live without reading! Catherine from  Washington D.C. has been making Design Love Fest a daily reading ritual and we can see why... how cute is Bri??

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In San Francisco, Heather likes to keep it local and loves looking at the fresh styles on Gal Meets Glam!

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With a bun in the oven, Katie loves to find new healthy recepies on her favorite blog, The Skinny Confidential. Lauryn just so happens to be a San Diego girl as well so she and Katie have some things in common! 

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Speaking of Laurens.... our Lauren in the Twin Cities love to read her favorite local blogger's site, Living with Landyn. Although she just so happens to be from the Twin Cities as well, Landyn's blog is for readers all over the country and she shares some AMAZING deals that she finds.

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Down South in Dallas, Katie cannot get enough of Luella and June. This stunning Southern Belle definitely has it going on!

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And finally, down in South Florida we are all inspired by Marissa's cooking skills. Want to see what inspires her?? The Smitten Kitchen is one of this organized chef's latest daily cravings. 

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Ready to search the web this Thursday? We are! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 03.25.14

3 Up and Coming Apps That Will Do the Housework For You!

Now that we're at the end of March and the snow is FINALLY melting, it is time to start thinking about Spring cleaning. At NEAT Method, this means that we start to hear the common question from clients again.... "Are you cleaning ladies?" The short answer is "NO" - but, since we are a very organized bunch, we have rounded up three amazing Phone/Tablet apps that can help get your household tasks completed that you've been holding off on doing all winter long!

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Tip #1 :: Try Wash.io

Are you currently looking at a stack of laundry that is literally overflowing your laundry basket? Wash.io is the answer to all of your problems! Simply schedule a time you would like your laundry (and dry cleaning!) picked up, as well as any specific instructions. Wash.io will send you a "Ninja" to take your laundry. Within 24 hours time, it will arrive back at your door clean and folded. Then, if you can't seem to get the clothes back into the drawers... you can always call NEAT! :) 

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Tip #2 :: No kitchen skills? Call Munchery!

Although Munchery is currently only in the Bay Area, we are certain other major cities will have this app soon! Every morning, Munchery emails you a list of meals (with a photo and description) that you can order and have delivered that evening for dinner. These meals are created by local chefs, and at an affordable price. If making dinner is a chore for you, Munchery will be your new best friend!

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Tip #3 :: In over your head this Spring and need a lot of help? Hire an Exec.

Although this is not exactly an up and coming app.... it definitely needs to be mentioned! If you are looking for a cleaning service to really dig in and get your home ready for Spring, Exec is where you will find the help you need! All you need to do is set up an account on the app and you are on your way to a clean home!

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Now that we have you covered when it comes to your Spring Cleaning chores, go out and enjoy the lovely weather!

xx

the NEAT girls

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