NEAT is Heading to the White House!
More BIG news for NEAT Method this month! It just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter! :)
We are so fortunate to be able to have NEAT Method spread its wings and plant some roots in our country's capitol, Washington DC! We have found the perfect pair to take over DC and help make the East Coast a little more NEAT! It is our pleasure to introduce you to this dynamic duo...
NM :: Hi DC gals! For our readers at home (or perhaps at work, we won't tell), what are your full names?
CZ :: Catherine Nicole Zinn (Maiden name: Savage)
RJ :: Raelynn Elizabeth Johnson
(Just to clarify, Catherine is the blonde and Raelynn is the brunette!)
NM :: Give us the short version of your background: Where are you from? Why do you live in DC? Any other interesting things we should make note of…
Catherine :: I don’t know if there is a short version, but here it goes: I was born in Colorado, where some of my family still resides and I happily visit every year to ski. After a short stint in the Rockies, I moved to North Carolina. Then when I was nine, I traveled up the East Coast to a town outside of Philadelphia (Langhorne) where I essentially grew up. My experiences living in different places made me appreciate winters, summers, mountains, beaches and every type of cuisine imaginable. Missing a part of my Southern roots, I decided to attend college in Virginia at JMU. My job search pointed me to the DC area, where I met my now-husband and happily call home.
Raelynn :: I was born in Denver, Colorado where I spent the first four years of my life frolicking in the snow. My Dad’s job with the government was relocated to DC, so we traveled to Virginia where I’ve spent my life since. After attending college at Virginia Tech, I moved to Arlington, where I now reside in my fave little gem outside the city, Clarendon.
NM :: Why are you excited to launch NEAT in DC?
CZ & RJ :: If one area of the country could use a little order, it’s gotta be the Nation’s Capitol, right?! DC offers a wide variety of hard working, time starved individuals, including business savvy entrepreneurs, politicians, athletes, young professionals, and diligent employees of the government, healthcare, and defense sectors. This melting pot of “work-hard, play-hard” enthusiasts need a little NEAT in their lives.
We could not be more thrilled to launch NEAT Method in The District. We’re pumped to get out of the office and into the homes of this historic city in an effort to modify the DC motto…”One City. One NEAT Future.”
NM :: What is your most OCD tendency?
Catherine :: I have a slight “urge to purge.” I prefer simple spaces, so I find myself constantly throwing things away (or donating them) to avoid the build up of any clutter. I have a bag in my closet where I routinely throw clothes that I no longer want. I clean out the pantry and refrigerator weekly. I toss mail, magazines, papers, and anything that I can’t find a home for. Sometimes I get rid of something just because I am sick of looking at it… It drives my husband nuts!
Raelynn :: I’m a bit of a kitchen freak. Refrigerator. Dishwasher. Pantry. You name it. If the contents inside these places are not lined perfectly with labels facing forward, grouped by type, or in their proper nesting place, I go a little crazy and have to appease the itch to remove everything and start from scratch.
NM :: What is your least OCD tendency?
Catherine :: This question makes me sad. I have a tendency to neglect rooms in my house that I don’t use very often. My basement still has pictures and shelves lying on the floor that I haven’t attended to since we moved in (horrible, I know). My husband works in medical device sales, so he receives shipments of HUGE boxes multiple times a week. I used to try to stack them nicely by device-type, but it has become so overwhelming to keep up with!
Raelynn :: I am not happy to admit that everything in my life is not neatly organized, but I must confess that I have a serious issue with mail. My not so close location to the mailroom causes me to go prolonged periods without checking the mailbox (I mean, isn’t there a trend toward paperless anyways??). This in turn causes an immense amount of mail to sort…which then leads to a pile in my fruit bowl…
NM :: What are you bringing to the table that will help NEAT in DC? (for example, your witty personality? Persistence? Eye for detail? Crazy good folding skills?)
CZ & RJ :: We met while working together as Loan Officers in the very hectic mortgage industry where we honed our skills of planning, organizing and customer service… all in a high stress environment. Our affinity for one another grew when we noticed our mutual obsession for penholders designated by pen type, cute file folders, prioritized lists on designer paper, and color coded calendar activities. Our ability to speak up in the boardroom but delicately handle stressful situations, and our ease of lightening the mood with our charming yet sarcastic wit makes us the ultimate duo. The organized chaos we’ve experienced, accompanied with our fixation for clean, stylish, functional spaces has prepped us to take on DC with a NEAT mentality.
NM :: How did you get so NEAT? (Were you born NEAT? Do you have a NEAT family member? Teacher? Super messy roommate that made you NEAT?)
Catherine :: My NEAT tendencies definitely come from my stepdad! Growing up, our house was always spotless and perfectly organized. My stepdad is amazing, but TOTALLY OCD. He used to clear my dinner plate immediately after I ate my last bite, and have it washed and put back into its proper place by the time I stood up from the table. I learned to always clean up after myself and avoid any type of clutter. Once you live the NEAT life, there is just no undoing it!
Raelynn :: My Dad has also influenced my neatness and is the root of my dishwasher obsession. I grew up with him constantly re-loading the dishes that I had already loaded. At the time I thought this was crazy, but I am now a culprit of this re-loading activity (ask anyone I’ve ever lived with). I also have fallen into an unfortunate habit of moving every year since my Freshman year of college (that’s 8 total moves so far). An annual move forces you to evaluate your belongings – less stuff, less to move. I’ve become a pro at minimizing and streamlining, thus reducing clutter and keeping my space fresh.
NM :: What are your favorite things to do in your city? (Shops, restaurants, particular places)
Catherine :: In a city like DC, the list is SO long! To simplify it a bit, I’ll map out my perfect DC-area weekend :)
- Friday Night: Date night in Old Town Alexandria, my favorite neighborhood with so much character. Dinner at Hank’s Oyster Bar followed by drinks at PX Lounge, an adorable 1920’s-style speakeasy.
- Saturday: Morning jog at Holmes Run Park. A visit to a few Virginia wineries, my favorites include: Paradise Springs, Bulle Run, Barrel Oak, Three Fox and Aspen Dale. Dinner in the city at Lincoln, a great little restaurant with small plates from local farms - delicious and SO fresh!
- Sunday: Barre Class at Fuel Pilates in Georgetown, followed by brunch at Paolo’s and shopping on M Street (accompanied by a latte from Baked and Wired). Next, a trip to the Shirlington Dog Park with Mr. Juice, a visit to Cheestique (best cheese shop in town!), then dinner in Clarendon at The Green Pig. Finally, a nightcap with Raelynn at Screwtop Wine Bar.
I would happily repeat this weekend 52 times a year!
Raelynn :: Wow – am I actually being asked to contribute to a “Best of DC” commentary?? Dream.Come.True. Since Clarendon is my stomping ground, it seems appropriate to disclose my favorite spots to drink and dine:
- Northside Social: Perfect for enjoying coffee or wine and indulging in a good book or telecommuting. Tons of outdoor seating, including picnic tables J
- Liberty Tavern: Ordering an LTGT is a requirement. Nothing like a little cucumber for a refreshing twist on the classic gin & tonic.
- Boccatto – Gelato? Yes please!
- Faccia Lunia – I love carbs. Great for pizza and pasta.
- CAVA – Featuring to die for Mediterranean style small plates, delicious cocktails, and break your diet sweet treats. Plus the staff is super friendly
- Screwtop Wine Bar – it wouldn’t be fair to leave Cath sippin wine all by herself…
Of course venturing into the District affords other spots worth mentioning:
- American Ice Co.: the best pre-concert venue. Outdoor/Indoor dining, micro-brew pitchers, pork nachos. Enough said. Then mosey across the street to the 9:30 Club to catch a show.
- Eastern Market – my fave Sunday activity. I love browsing all the vendors and picking up fresh-farmed goods. The trip is not complete without brunch at Tunnicliffs.
We are sure the lucky people residing in DC are going to absolutely adore this new duo, just as much as we do!
Cheers to NEAT DC!
the NEAT girls
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