Junk Drawer

Thursday 02.26.15

The NEAT Girls :: They're Just Like Us...

Inspired by our favorite page in US Weekly, we have decided to open the doors of our homes in a more unique way. Today, we will be showing you the most shameful, embarassingly messy drawers, bins, baskets and spaces of the NEAT girl's homes. Let's cut to the core of the NEAT team and take a look at the founder's spaces. First up is Ashley. I guess we will give her props for having drawer organizers... but this isn't something we would expect for a NEAT original. 

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Molly may win the prize for the messiest! WHAT. IS. THIS. DRAWER?! She claims that it keeps stationary and mailing supplies... we are baffled. 

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Molly's partner in crime in San Francisco, doesn't have much room to talk. Her tupperware needs a serious space lift. Do all the tops even have matching bottoms?? You know the rule, Lisa!

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Messy Mika in Scottsdale has confessed that she has a problem starting books and not finishing them. This is where those books come to die live. She puts them in a basket - interesting choice Mika!

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In Columbus, Julia would like to point the messy finger at her husband. This is his office drawer. Time for a little NEAT love Miss Julia!

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Katie is tired of her pajama drawer (see what we did there??) Has she read any of our posts about filing our clothes? We think not!

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Marissa just moved to a new home in Florida. She is embarassed to admit it has been weeks and some of the boxes only made it have way to the trash and ended up in the garage - and that their is a creepy santa in there too. Nothing like a swim suit wearing santa to welcome you to the neighborhood!

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Finally, we think this scene will look quite familair to many of our readers. We bring you the, OVER STUFFED FILE DRAWER brought to you by Brooke! She thinks exposing this photo will give her the motivation she needs to file these papers away properly. **Pro Tip ** Turn on your favorite trash tv show and the filing will be less daunting. 

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Every consult we go to, our clients are embarassed to share their spaces. Clearly, we have some things to be embarassed about ourselves! Even though we love the NEAT life, we, too can sometimes have a hard time living it! We hope this helps you see that even a NEAT girl has a, "junk drawer."

xx

the NEAT girls

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 12.30.14

The Great Christmas Take Down

As we're about to ring in the New Year and say our goodbyes to 2014, many of us are probably racing around the house trying to pack up and store holiday decor before the NYE festivities.

Knowing how to organize holiday decor can be difficult - mainly because everything is in one hundred different shapes and sizes, the majority is fragile, and quite honestly... you just want to shove it all in random boxes and be done with it! We don't blame you! But, the truth is, if you take the time to organize your decorations now, it will make for easier storage throughout the year and easier decorating for the next holiday season!

We've rounded up our favorite organizational solutions to help get you on your way to having the MOST organized holiday storage area on the block!

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We LOVE using ornament bins for clients and ourselves! They have the perfect dividers to keep each ornament protected in it's own compartment. And for families that have children who like to decorate the tree with their personal ornaments, it's a nice touch to designate a labeled bin for each child in the family. That way, when it's time to decorate the tree next year...you can just hand each child their box (stress free, with no fights!)!

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For those larger ornaments that won't necessarily fit in the ornament bins, we recommend using larger bins and lots of layers of bubble wrap! Here is an example of a client's christmas decorations we organized in wine country! We used these bins to keep the larger ornaments protected.

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How to store all those strands of lights, without creating the biggest tangled mess ever? We suggest the Wing-Lid Light Storage Boxes from The Container Store...OR even just an unused clothes hanger will do!

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Instead of letting those Holiday dinnerware sets take up important space in your kitchen for the entire year, we suggest storing them in various sizes of Holiday China Storage Organizers from The Organizing Store. With these red and green canvas organizers, you will surely know to pull these out around the holiday season next year!

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Now what to do when you've finished taking down and organizing all the holiday decor? Treat yourself with a nice glass of NYE bubbles!

And if you find yourself unmotivated to tackle the Christmas leftovers... Treat yourself with NEAT Method for a day! ;)

Cheers to you and 2015!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Thursday 12.25.14

Happy Holidays & A Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a most lovely and joyus Happy Holidays and a Very Merry Christmas!

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xx

the NEAT girls

:: cutest holiday puppy ever ::

Tuesday 12.23.14

Tip Tuesday :: The Perfect Christmas Games

We LOVE that the Holidays bring everyone together! Whether it's a party with friends, family, or loved ones...it's always a time filled with laughter & cheer!

So how do you make the most of your next festive Party?? By playing some Holiday games of course!

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Here are a few must check out websites with tons of FUN ideas: EHow's Games to Play at Christmas Gatherings // Diva Girl's Christmas Trivia // Party 411's Christmas Holiday Games // OR if you like to live on the wild side...The Santa Hat Drinking Game

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Now you know where to find us this week...sitting on the couch with a Santa Hat on our TV! ;)

xx

the NEAT party girls

Thursday 11.27.14

Happy Thanksgiving!

    

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To our Dearest Friends, Family, & Clients,

We wouldn't be where we are today without all of your love and support! Many thank yous for helping spread the NEAT Life!

And so today, we want to wish you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving to the people we are thankful for the most!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Thursday 11.20.14

Lounging at SFO

Today we can't help but share some exciting news for everyone living in the Bay Area or flying in and out of San Francisco! American Express Card Members traveling to the Bay Area have a new reason to get to the airport early or even... (gasp!) stay a while at the airport. Early?! Late!? Yes, you heard us right! That's because they've opened The Centurion Lounge in SFO!

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The Lounge, located in Terminal 3, features some pretty amazing amenities:

Wine & Dine with Napa Valley inpsired, seasonal cuisine!

Work & Play with high speed Wi-Fi and a sound-proof family room for children!

Relax & Recharge with luxurious shower suites. 

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Soooo basically what we are saying is, we are never going to leave the airport!

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Why exactly are we bringing this up you ask? Because American Express was kind enough to invite our NEAT San Francisco team to present Organized Travel: Tips & Tricks from the Pros at their Pre-Opening Private Party Event! 

And just because we love all our readers, we are going to share with you our insider tips!

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Frustrated with how to pack your clothes?? We prefer alternatives to rolling clothes -- the best solutions include: compression packing or bundling.

Can't decide on the best solution for packing jewelry?? Use a pill case! It's the perfect size for tiny jewelry -- each get their own compartment, and because it's hard, they are protected and won't get tangled in a mess!

Traveling with only a carry-on but can't part with your favorite hair products?? GoToobs are perfect for just the right amount of shampoo/conditioner/shower soap!

Can't forget your phone charger, headphones, etc...but how do you keep them organized and all together?? With our favorite item, the Cordito!

And one of the most common questions we get - how do you stay organized while on your actual flight? We happen to love using the Seat Pack! It fits everything important you will need, all in one place! It's bright so you won't forget it, and it has a clip so you can click it on to the seat in front of you while you sit! Genius right??

Traveling abroad?? You need to be overly prepared! We recommend making photo copies of your passport for everyone traveling with you. Each person will need to keep a copy of everyone's passport in their personal bag...just to be safe!

 

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We want to sincerely thank American Express for inviting us to such a fun event at SFO! We can't wait to visit The Centurion Lounge everytime we are at the SFO Airport now ;)

xx

the NEAT girls

:: Lounge Photo Credit to American Express :: Event Photo Credit to Kimberly White/Getty Images for American Express ::

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Tuesday 10.14.14

Easy Ways to Decorate for Fall without Needing Lots of" Stuff"

Everyone loves to get in the holiday spirit...but one thing everyone doesn't always love, is the large amount of decor you have to store in-between each holiday. To have the best decorated home each holiday, you'd basically need an extra garage just to store the goods!

Lucky for you, we've scoured the web to find some pretty great fall decor that doesn't require significant storage when the season is over...mainly because these items are low in price (giving you big bang for your buck) and also because you won't need to store much for next year! As any organized person would agree, why keep more "stuff" in the house than necessary!

First up, everyone's favorite - candy corn! This fall candy can be put in various locations throughout your home and instantly add a festive touch! Use those empty vases and or candle votives you have lying around to display the candies! Added bonus to decorating with candy corn - just toss the candy at the end of the season!

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Same goes with corn kernels! Who says you can't do the same with these! Our co-founder Molly loves using these around her home! When the season is over, she just tosses them out to the birds! How clever, and sweet, of her!

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Or wrap tiny corn on the cobs around a candle, using burlap string. So cute!

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And how about purchasing a pumpkin and using it as an ice bucket for your next party? When the party is over - toss the pumpkin...or make pumpkin soup! ;)

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See decorating for the fall holiday does not require massive (or expensive) decorations to add a festive touch! However, anything that helps you get in the holiday spirit is just fine by us! Well, errrr...unless you have an extra garage just for holiday decorations ;)

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 09.16.14

Our Football Survival Guide

It's officially football season in America! And for the majority of us, this typically means crowding around a TV with yummy snacks and fulfilling drinks while cheering on your favorite team! On the flip, your boyfriend or husband practically ingnores you for those few hours, only occassionally looking your way to smile during a horrible commercial. "Oh hey, honey"

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Well the JOKE is on him! While he's busy drooling at the 65 inch LED HDTV...you can slyly sneak away and get to organizing & styling his man cave that has always needed your personal touch.

And you're in luck, here are our most recent favorite finds!

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:: magazine tote :: bourbon candle :: Restoration Hardware Office Supplies (on sale) :: silver tray with leather handles :: agate bookends :: leather hanging file box :: linen bulletin board :: foldable baskets :: 

 

Between all of these items, you should be able to make Mr. (Almost) Perfect....well, at least perfectly organized in his office! ;)

xx

the NEAT girls

 

Tuesday 09.09.14

NEAT + NYFW =

Fall Fashion Week has officially kicked off in New York City and it is officially our favorite occassion to followWith more than 100 shows taking place, we of course have been dying to find out about the latest and greatest street styles and celebrity sightings! Here are just a few of our favorite and most interesting finds...paired with NEAT & organized spaces of course!

 

 

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It's settled... Fashion & Organization go hand n' hand!

xx

the NEAT girls

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