Friday 08.29.14

Best Ice Bucket Challenges

If you missed last Friday's post on all of our lovely NEAT girls who have been donating AND participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge...then don't worry! We've got more wet & wild NEAT girls heading your way!

This week we've got NEAT DC and NEAT Scottsdale's videos to share! They sure make dumping ice on your head look pretty! ;)

 

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Also hott this week are the many hilarous approaches to the challenge. From Matt Damon's toilet water challenge to a lost bikini top, these certainly take the Ice Bucket Challenge to a whole new level! 

Who knew how entertaining it would be to watch people dump ice water on their head! Happy Friday!!

xx,
the NEAT girls

Please support the cause and donate to fight ALS here!

Thursday 08.28.14

Moving In & Up With NEAT

It is definitely that time of the year! No, we don't mean those common end of August sayings: "back to school" or "fall"! We are actually referring to moving season... which happens to be one of our favorite seasons! ;)

We all know that moving & the unpacking can be hectic and stressful, but here at NEAT, we tend to find it as one of our most exciting jobs! We essentially get to work from a blank canvas!

It just so happens our NEAT Scottsdale gal, Mika, was recently given as a Thank You Gift from a realtor to a new home buyer. What a cute way to say thank you - helping the new homeowners get settled into their dream home!

Since the Scottsdale team worked their cute butts off on one of their most fun jobs, we thought it would be fun to share all the scoop, along with some NEAT tips & tricks to have NEAT move in!

First up...the calm before the storm in the Her Master (stunning) Closet!

Oh hey! Here is Mika hard at work!

*Using a rolling rack is one easy & simple way to start the hanging process! You may not necessarily determine what clothes should take which hanging rod, until you can see how big your hanging sections are per category (think tops, bottoms, dresses, etc).

*Designate specfic drawers for undergarments. We typically like the drawers to reflect the body - bras, undies, and then socks!

*Jewelry organization is a must for most women! For a cleaner and sleeker look, we prefer to use acrylic organizers to display baubles!

*And as we have preached before, slimline hangers are a must!

Now here is the calm before the storm in the HIS Master Closet!

(Which by the way, we love how masculine they were able to create the closet!)

*We color code shoes, making it easier to find what to wear based on your outfit!

*We love using these tie organizers for the fellas! You can buy them here!

*And every man needs a catch tray when he comes home and needs to empty out his pockets!

Here is Mika amongst the "mess" in the kitchen as she sorts through the client's belongings!

*It is important to first understand what all you have, before you can start finding a permanent home for things.

How beautiful is this pantry!

*More common and everyday eaten items, like breakfast foods and snacks, are on lower shelves. And because this particular client doesn't bake all that often, baking ingredients were placed on higher shevles.

*We implemented kid friendly plastic containers for food items, (cereals, dried fruit, nuts, etc).

*And who doesn't love a good chalkboard label? We adore!

*We like to designate lower drawers for younger children who are at the age when they are learning to take care of themselves. By placing kid friendly snack foods lower, children can help pack their lunches in the AM or grab a snack without bothering you!

We hope you all love the moving process as much as we do! But if not, NEAT is only a phone call away! ;)

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 08.26.14

3 Ways to Organize DIY Style...

Who doesn't love a good DIY project? It's always fun when a rainy day comes along or the kids head back to school. Time to just sprawl out on the floor among all your supplies and get crafty! And what better way to get crafty, then by completing a little DIY... organization related obviously!!

Here are just a few of our favorites...

1. One of our favorite DIY Organization Queens is IHEART Organizing - and she just so happens to have a great DIY tutorial on making your very own bracelet display! Learn how here!

2. We're obsessed with hese amazingly sharp looking gold and acrylic clipboards to keep your papers off the floor and organized in style!

How about hiding some of those electrical cords and/or routers that tend to be eye soars?! Get a little crafty and glue old spine books together to create hidden storage! Details here

You now know what we plan to do on our next rainy day! Bring on the DIY!

xx

the NEAT girls

Friday 08.22.14

Ice Bucket Challenge NEAT Girl Style

If you aren't on social media, then you may not be fully aware of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge viral phenomenon that has been taking over our world for the past few weeks! ALS is near and dear to many of the NEAT girls hearts, so we were more than excited to support the challenge.

Our NEAT Method Miami girls kicked off the week in a truly organized fashion with these cute Kidecals labeled buckets and Chicago, Dallas, San Diego and Twin Cities fulfilled their nominations soon thereafter. Which video gets your vote?!?

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NEAT Miami ...

NEAT Chicago ...

NEAT Dallas ...

NEAT San Diego ... 

NEAT Twin Cities ...

 

Obviously there are a few (actually FOUR to be exact) cities who have yet to complete the challenge. We are letting them slide because they were busy organizing, but we hope they have something extra special up there sleeves for next week ... stay tuned!

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 08.21.14

Befriending The Plastics...

Everyone (should) know The Plastics are the most popular girls at North Shore High School. The main reason for their fame and power is the fact that they are the prettiest and most GLAMorous girls in the entire school.

Incase you may be a bit too old or young to know who The Plastics are, we are talking about the Oscar Winning movie, Mean Girls. Cue Queen B Regina George and her minions...

So, in honor of Regina and her mean girl posse- we thought we'd share our love for plastics much nicer twin sister...Acrylic! When it comes to organizing, we have a serious crush on all the GLAMboxes products! Here are just a few of our favorites, which are sure to instantly make your accessories organized beautifully! 

  

  

Check out GLAMboxes on Facebook, Pinterst, Instagram, and Twitter! You will love them just as much as we do!

They are so fetch ;)

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 08.19.14

Today's the Day...

On Thursday of last week - we left you with a little teaser for the BIG NEWS that was coming today! And what could this BIG NEWS possibly be??

WELL.... We couldn't be more excited to announce the official LAUNCH of The NEAT Shop TODAY, compliments of The Organizing Store! That's right! We've picked our favorite tried and true organizational products and compiled them into one easy location for you to browse and shop instantly! The best part is... you can now live the NEAT life at the click of a button!

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Now we suggest you SHOP till you DROP for some organizing goodies - over at

THE NEAT STORE!

And yes, we know what you're thinking...

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We think so, too! 

We couldn't be more excited for this new partnership with such an amazing company! Cheers from NEAT & TOS to you! Now get to living the NEAT Life.

xx

the NEAT girls

Friday 08.15.14

Checking In On Our NEAT Girls!

Where or where have the NEAT girls been?? Per our usual Friday topic, we are checking in on all things "NEAT girls" related!

First up, our Dallas gal Katie O! She recently attended the first of a series of events for Modern Luxury's new "Lexus Supper Club". The event was held at Komali Restaurant, and Katie O had a fabulous time mingling with Dallas socialites - including Julie Sessions of Modern Luxury (pictured here).

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Our San Francisco team was happy to help their client move into this beautiful home!

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It seems to be a week of moves, because our Scottsdale babe Mika also helped a client move into their new home! Here she is in true NEAT fashion, burried in the storm before the calm! Such a beautiful kitchen?!

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NEAT Twin Cities' Lo was able to get away to Wine Country! Sipping California wine and champagne in the sunshine all weekend...please take us with you next time!

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Our co-founder, Ashley headed back home to Ohio with her son Bennett for the week! For those that don't know, this little man is an avid rock collector and was pretty much trying to convince his mom to put this giant one in the car! Adorable!

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Our Chicago gal, Heather spent some time with her family at their cabin this week! A little end-of-summer vacation in Northern Michigan sounds lovely! (pictured with her younger sister Kerry)

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Our NEAT DC Cath couldn't be more thankful and thrilled for this custom painting of her main squeeze - Juice - painted by one of her clients! How thoughtful, and so cute!!!

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And our new NEAT San Deigo Mommy, Katie B, has been enjoying her first week at home with her adorable son Ryan! Smiling already = heartbreaker!

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And finally the Miami girls headed up to West Palm Beach and have been busy cleaning out and organizing a toy room. Goodwill was thrilled to see all of these black bags!

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We hope you all have a fun weekend enjoying your last few weeks of summer! Happy Friday everyone!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 08.14.14

BIG NEWS...We've Found the PERFECT Partners in Crime!!

Orrrr...should we say Partners in ORGANIZING!?!? We are SERIOUSLY jumping for JOY today! Why you ask? Because today is our official launch of a NEW and beautiful partnership with our dear friends, The Organizing Store

 

What is the partnership you ask? You will have to wait until next week to find out just what we have up our sleeves! But in honor of the good news, we thought it would be fun to dish the scoop on the adorable, mother-daughter duo behind this amazing brand! We sat the TOS Ladies down and asked them to spill the dirt on their NEAT lives! 

NM :: OK ladies, let's start with any easy one! The Organizing Store not only sells great products, but your website is absolutely stunning! Tell us a little bit about the brains behind the brand!

DS :: My name is Deborah Shearer, and I am Allie's mother. I am originally from upstate New York, raised in the suburbs of Niagara Falls. I became a nice Jewish girl before my wedding to the wonderful dad of my beautiful children and I've been making matzoh balls and meatballs ever since. When our son Jason turned 4, we took a leap of faith and followed our hearts out to San Francisco to take a stab as entrepreneurs. I officially became a California girl, living in Marin County raising our children. While our business began in the gift, tabletop and stationary business, I went on to design and manufacture my own children's clothing line, which led me to marketing and sales management with a Major in Storage and Organization and a Minor in Crafts. You could say I was into organizing way before it really became "the thing." I married my husband Terry in 2006 and moved to southern California (LA), where our business was based, and so the next chapter began - The Organizing Store!

AW :: I'm Allie Wandner, Marketing Director for The Organizing Store. Thanks to my folks, I'm an Italian Jew (aka pizza bagel) which means my ability to insert yiddish phrases while using big hand gestures is on point. I'm the only one in my family born and raised in California, just north of San Francisco - where my mom taught me everything I needed to know about hard work, throwing a fierce dinner party, and keeping my room impeccably organized (or she'd have something to say about it). I've always dreamed of living in the city (of SF), knowing the streets like the back of my hand, and taking long walks on that strip of sand under the fog. So, I packed up my things and drove across the bridge to graduate with honors in Psychology from SF State in 2008 and have held my heart in North Beach ever since. I joined the family business in college as a content editor and post graduation I decided to dive head first into the world of marketing where I felt right at home.

 

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NM :: So how did The Organizing Store get started? What inspired you? It is always fascinating to hear how successful companies got off the ground!

DS :: My husband was the original founder of Organize.com. When we married in 2006, the business needed someone to head up marketing and merchandising and since I was versed in the industry, I joined the family business! With a twist of fate or two, we parted ways from Organizing.com in 2012 and looked at what we wanted to do next. As a Top 500 Internet Retailer, with strong relationships and reputation in the organizing industry, we knew our first project would be something to do with organizing. In 2013, we decided the world needed something more than another place to buy more stuff for your stuff. We wanted that something to be "the boutique of organizing" and set out to launch a place to shop for products in an online atmosphere to help you "live beautifully," and The Organizing Store was born! 

The fashion and home decor markets are really what inspired Allie and I, so we looked at how to bring color, fashion, fun you find in those markets, and a fresh face to organizing. A wise woman once told us,

"You're like the Kate Spade of organizing!" and we think that's pretty NEAT!

NM :: Even though Deborah lives in LA, and Allie in SF - you two seem like the dream duo! What do you love most about what you do?

DS :: Everything you would expect and more. I get to shop for and add new products to our store, collaborate with vendors and great minds, and get inspired by fabulous brands, designers, and bloggeres - everyday! My biggest plus: How many moms have the opportunity to work (successfully!) with their daughter(s) every day, have the same taste in products AND the same level of passion for what we do? Allie and I are connected at the hip! Being from different generations, I learn from her, she learns from me and we're a great compliment to each other. She knows what I'm thinking, how I'll react, but most importantly when I overrule a decision she respects it and learns from me. We have the same vision and that's the key to success.

AW :: Deb pretty much summed it up! I get to work with my mom and talk about products we love, that fit naturally in our lifestyles. I imagine some mother-daughter duo's might never work well together...but Deb? She's the PB to my J!

Wise wise words from both!

 

NM :: So surely you girls have a titch of OCD in you! What are your most OCD tendencies?

DS :: I have acrylic shelf dividers in my armoire with labels on each section of the shelves. My underwear has to be folded a certain way and lined up to fit perfectly in my cedar & lavender 3-compartment drawer organizer. My ceiling to floor craft cabinet is filled with plastic shoe boxes and containers. Each is labeled with the contents by theme. Crazy...I know!

AW :: I wouldn't say I'm terribly particular (just kidding - my closet is color coded, I set calendar reminders to floss, and dishes in the sink are my all time pet peeve), but I'm more publicly known amongst my friends to have everything one should need at all times. A modern-day Marry Poppins, if you must!

 

NM:: Obviously we can't contain oursevles, but what makes you most excited about TOS joining forces with NEAT? 

TOS :: First...the NEAT girls themselves! We love Molly & Ashley, their style, energy, and business ethics. They're just like us! Our brand synergy couldn't be a better fit! Back to basics, we think we like the same things and share the same lifestyles. We can't wait to work with and meet ALL the NEAT girls!

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

TOS :: We are SO excited to collaborate with NEAT Method. We love their sense of style, approach to organizing and our mutual passion for it. We think NEAT brings a sense of calm to the home. We obviously share a lot of NEAT in our worlds, but we're on a mission to organize the world, once space at a time! However, we can help the NEAT girls and their clients get beautifully organized, we're thrilled to be a helpful resource for all!

Well, we didn't think it was possible friends, but it seems we continue to LOVE TOS more and more everyday! And we are beyond excited to see where this living beautifully + NEAT life partnership takes us!

Interested in following all things The Organizing Store related? Find them on Pinterest here, Twitter here, Facebook here, and Blog here

Stay tuned for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT on the partnership... 

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 08.12.14

Tip Tuesday :: Time to Dish on Beyonce!

Miss Beyonce seems to be ALL the BUZZ lately! Is she getting a divorce?? Will her tour with JayZ be cut short?? Will she need NEAT to move her out and into a new home?? So many questions left unanswered! 

So in honor of QUEEN B herself, we are dishing (pun intended) on some great trinket dishes to, more or less... "put a ring on it!" Cue booty dancing...

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Ok now that we've got that out of our system, onto the actual goods...

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:: Adirondack Antler Ring Dish :: Giraffe Trinket Dish :: Mini Gold Dot Dish :: Critter Ring Dish :: Metallic Zebra Dish ::

You'll be sure to never misplace your rings again with these cute decorative dishes!

xx

the NEAT girls

PS Give us a call Bey, if you end up being ready for us to help you become a more organized Independent Woman!

 

Friday 08.08.14

Celebs, Parties and Baby Announcements...

So what exactly have the NEAT girls been up the past few weeks? Let's take a look!

 

Our Heather spent Lollapalooza with recent Bachelorette Contestants Nick Viall and JJ O'Brien! Although no rose ceremonies took place, she did rock a pretty flower crown to the music fest!

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NEAT Dallas', Katie O was one LUCKY NEAT girl last week! She was invited to co-host the grand opening of California Closets at Southlake Design Center in Southlake, Texas (just outside of Dallas). Katie O entertained party attendees with a presentation on some of our favorite tips and tricks to live the NEAT life! All while in a beautifully new California Closet... ummmm, how cute is her dress??

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NEAT Michigan's, LC dressed her son in the best baby outfit ever, and took him to the park to play! Drake is such a little heartbreaker!

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Our co-founder, Ashley celebrated a very fun Birthday at Summer House Santa Monica in Chicago! 

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NEAT Miami's intern Paige said farewell this week to the NEAT life, as she packs up and heads back to school! The Miami team spent her last day doing lunch and yoga! She will be dearly missed!

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The Twin Cities killed it on this hall closet! Check out this recent before & after picture!

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And we saved the BEST news for last!!! NEAT San Diego's, Katie B welcomed her new little man to the world, Ryan Harrison Koentje born August 3, 2014 at 9:37AM at 7lbs 11oz and 20.5 inches long! 

 

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We hope you have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend everyone!

xx

the NEAT girls

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