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Thursday 03.20.14

Hello SPRING....

"YESSSSSS!!!!!!" - says the entire right half of the United States today.

Why? Because today just so happens to OFFICIALLY be the first day of SPRING!

We know our colder weather cities could not be MORE excited to finally (hopefully) be seeing some warm sunshine in the weeks to come! In honor of such a happy time, we've decided to round up some of the latest & gratest organizational solutions that just so happen to have a POP of color! Each product is guaranteed to brighten your space in no time! 

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West Elm has new Mosiac Triangle Jewelry Boxes that will make a beautiful graphic statement AND keep all your baubles organized in high style!

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Pay homage to Spring with a JAYES Catch All Bin. It will keep all of your little jars and bottles that sit on the counter corraled!

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Our friend Jonathan Adler has the cutest Puppy Canisters to stash all your puppy's stuff in style!

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OK... so this one isn't necessarily colorful... BUT it will help display all your vibrant clutches nicely! We are absolutley obesessed with all things by GLAMbox - espeically this GLAMdivide!

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Now that you have completed a, "Spring Space Lift," it's officially time to bring on SPRING and all things floral!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Thursday 02.20.14

A Peek Inside this Girl's Goody Bag

Often times our client's ask us what is actually inside our bags....and not just what we bring on the job, but more - what do we carry around in our bag on a daily basis to stay organized on-the-go. We've decided to take a look inside our SF gal Heather's Lo & Sons OG Bag and spill the goods (literally!)

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Help I Have Problems Kit :: Each little square pack solves a particular (what could be) semi-crisis...ie "Help I have a headache" or "Help I have a blister." It's always smart to be prepared, beacuase who doesn't really have at least 1 problem in their day??

the NEAT Family Personal Life Planner :: Of course each NEAT girl needs their own personal day planner to keep day-to-day plans on track! Erin Condren is a great website to create customized planners - and added bonus, they are currently 40% off! 

Truffle Skinny Privacy Pouch :: Perfect for keeping receipts together and making returns instantly effortless

Michael Kors iPhone Wallet :: Perfect for keeping your most important items in one spot - money & your phone!!

Other small neccessities - Esos Chapstick :: Chanel Gloss :: Tide To-Go Stick :: BKR Glass Heart Bottle :: Custom NEAT Method Stamp :: Mini Swiss Army Knife :: KIND Granola Bars

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Ok, now that Heather's shared a day inside her organized bag...what are some of the things that you carry around everyday?? Are you as NEAT as she is?

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 01.02.14

New Year - New You :: 7 Rooms to Inspire You for 2014

Now that the buzz of the holidays (and the champagne) is fading away, it's time to get motivated! There is no better time to take the bull by the horns than the beginning of a new year. The NEAT girls have rounded up their favorite photos that will leave you inspired to live the NEAT life!

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If you have kids and are tired of looking at crafts everywhere, check out this colorful set up. Clear, labeled bins create the opportunity for children to develop literacy skills while maintaining a NEAT crafting space. 

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Ready for a pantry overhaul? This area was made with three simple items: jars, baskets, and labels!

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This woman's closet has been a fan favorite on our Pinterest page for weeks. Even if your closet isn't as big, the black, velvet hangers will change your space.

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The women aren't the only ones with inspiring closets. Even if you don't wear a suit this one is sure to catch your eye!

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Ready to make your home office feel like an inspiring place to work? This combination of storage solutions and personal items adds inspiration and organization all at once!

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Kid's play rooms can be impossible if the right storage isn't available. Shelving with various sized storage abilities is key. From legos, to dolls, every toy has a home in this space!

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If you aren't sure what to do with the various small items that a baby needs, take a look at this perfectly organized drawer. Acrylic drawer inserts have never worked so well!

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Looking for more organizational inspiration? Follow us on Instagram or Pinterest for a daily dose of NEAT!

Happy New Year

xx

the NEAT girls

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Friday 12.06.13

Friday Recap :: Hoarding for the Holidays?

TGIF! This week, we are diving in head first to the holiday season. NEAT's clients are hoping Santa puts them on the nice list since they are all wishing for a newly organized home! Raelynn and Catherine, in D.C., have been busy making this craft space every child's dream come true. It's better than visions of sugar plums if you ask us!

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Down in South Florida, Marissa is helping a client turn a bedroom into an amazing walk-in closet. Talk about every girls dream space!

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In San Diego, it's like Christmas for Katie as she awaits getting her client moved into this brand new closet. Nothing beats a blank canvas!

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Lauren and Kate in the twin cities have made this pantry ready for all of the up coming holiday hosting. They have LOVED every moment of working with this client!

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Heather and Molly got to work with the smallest of NEAT clients in this perfect little girl's room! It's felt even more like Christmas since California has been having some frosty mornings!

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In Chicago, Ashley and Brooke enjoyed a lovely event at The Container Store honoring the Step Up Women's Network. Thanks for including us!

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We hope all of you enjoyed your week and are taking a moment to enjoy the holiday season! Until next time...

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 09.05.13

Fall Fashion Week Trends 2013

It's that time of year again - Fashion Week is here and the NEAT girls are ready to scour all the latest fashion mags for the hottest trends. It has become a bit of a tradition for the NEAT girls to compare fashion to homes. This time, we are posting the latest trends for fall with some of our favorite NEAT spaces!

Fall Fashion Trend #1 :: Grey. Almost every NEAT girl has a grey wall in their home, so hearing that grey made the trending list in fashion was a major bonus!

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Fall Fashion Trend #2 :: Plaid. Nothing reminds us more of the Limited Too than a good plaid. Now that we're all grown up, we prefer the Chanel version. 

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Fall Fashion Trend #3 :: Lace. This sexy staple is making waves in high fashion, weddings and homes. We particularly love that lace is no longer a summer only choice! 

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Fall Fashion Trend #4 :: Leather. This fabric seems to be seriously trending, and not just for coats (although we do love a great biker jacket!). Even though it is completely opposite of lace, this masculine look is our new go-to staple! 

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Fall Fashion Trend #5 :: Animal Prints. This trend has officially divided the NEAT girls. We've got 50% love and 50% hate for the prints. But, we 100% agree that when done right (in home or fashion) it's killer!

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We hope this brings you fashion inspiration for fall! Enjoy the runway if you are lucky enough to be in New York. If not, enjoy your Instagram feed!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Thursday 08.29.13

Labor-free Labor Day!

To help transition you into the upcoming long weekend that is known as Labor Day, we thought it seemed only appropriate to share with you some effortlessly ways to get organized! Because the reality is, you should be enjoying ever last drop of summer stress free!

Turn a letter organizer into a clutch organizer! Instantly your purses are fashionably displayed and easy to find!

Whether you commute to work or are always out and about...at some point in your life, we guarantee your cell phone is going to die. Talk about social suicide. However will you check instagram or facebook?? That is why the NEAT girls always keep a charger handy. Our gal Heather swears by her Goldie Cablekeep! It keeps your charger organized and tangle free in your bag or purse, and can shorten and hold your phone when in use to charge!

A garden hose is an essential tool for maintaining that beautifully green and lush suburban yard you've always dreamed up...but those traditional garden hoses are massive, always a mess, and not to mention - hazardous to trip over! Purchase the As Seen on TV Garden Hose and you will instantly save space! Not to mention, our dear friends at Out Cold Marketing own and 100% endorse this product!

Our readers with young boys will LOVE this one -- How about the constant mess of legos?? Legos always bring with them, the endless cycle of dumping mini pieces all over the floor and then having to turn around and pick them right back up! Good thing Lay-n-Go was invited! The bag conveniently opens and expands large enough so you can see the majority of the pieces without dumping them on the floor!

Enjoy your Labor Day our NEAT friends! Cheers to the end of summer. 

xx

the NEAT girls

 

:: pool lounging :: clutches :: garden hose disaster :: 

Monday 07.01.13

American Pride

     

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With the 4th of July just two days away, everyone has a few things on their mind: BBQs, sparklers, red/white/blue, what they should wear, what to contribute to the party, and most importantly...no work!! ;)

We've rounded up some of our favorite things ALL red white & blue (obviously) - to help get you organized for this year's Fourth of July festivities!

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We've got you covered with:

:: The All American Flag Scarf :: USA Flag Sneakers :: Chan Luu American Flag Cuff Bracelet :: and the amazingly decorated L*Space Swimwear & Skyy Vodka bottle ::

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Who doesn’t love a quick DIY project to create the perfect party décor? Check out these super cute 4th of July mason jars – perfect for holding utensils and/or flowers!

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Lastly, why not sip something festive (and healthy) Thursday morning to start your day off right! We love a good smoothie recipe – especially if it's red, white, and blue! Or if you feel like splurging, how about a cupcake?! 

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Most importantly, we hope this 4th of July, you party your socks off as you celebrate the USA!

xx

the NEAT girls

:: beach babes :: socks & sparklers ::

Thursday 05.30.13

:: Bonjour Paris ::

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This week's blog is a special one as it comes all the way from Paris! Our co-founder, Molly is currently traveling in Europe so we insisted she share some of her favorite spots she has found. It comes as no surprise that top on her list was to hunt down some of Paris' best home stores. After pulling her away from a glass of Bordeaux and plate of formage, Molly compiled her favorite Parisian organization inspiration complete with photos! Enjoy the journey!

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The first stop on her list was Colette. This photo alone tells you that the clean lines drew her in!

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Besides the fact that they have an unmatchable array of clothing and beauty products, Colette also has some amazing home gadgets. This notebook was one of Molly's favorites. The waterproof outside zips open to reveal lined paper. If you carry a bag that also holds your water, or have a tendency to be a bit accident prone, this notebook is sure to do the trick! This particular pattern was Molly's favorite, but if you go to the site, there are plenty more to choose from. 

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Next on her list is Merci. Think Anthropologie meets ABC Carpet and Home and you've got Merci. Besides having an adorable cafe inside, this store carries some of the best storage pieces! The linen bags are so soft you will never want to see a plastic bag again!

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This cylindar basket particularly caught her eye. There were a variety of sizes in the store that could hold anything from children's toys to office supplies. And to top it off, it's made out of recycled materials, washable, AND folds down to nothing for easy storage. Amoreux!!

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On her way to Musee D'orsay, Molly was completely taken with Les Arts Decoratifs (also known as the Decorative arts museum). 

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The NEAT girls are always into suggesting a good tray to put your keys when you enter your home so you never lose them. At this museum, Molly thought the "piece de resistance" were these trays by Clara Von Zweigberg. Lucky for us, you can find them at Design Within Reach :)

Have a favorite place that steals your heart when abroad? Share it here in our comments! Au revoir!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 03.28.13

Calling ALL NEAT Interns!

S•U•M•M•E•R can't come soon enough!! 

Partly because it means warmer weather, dresses, flip flops, and weekends by the pool/beach...BUT mainly because we are hiring Interns!

Yep, NEAT Method is looking for rock star Interns who want nothing more than to spend this upcoming summer immersed in a fun and “neat” start-up -- with a great group of women we might add!

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:: What a a NEAT Intern can expect ::

• 3 days a week with the NEAT team (roughly 8 hours a day)...sounds like a dream come true if you ask us! ;)

• You will rock multiple hats with full exposure to all aspects of the company, including: marketing, advertising, sales, PR, accounting, etc. This includes attending fuctions and events within the community to gain exposure in the design and style sectors. 

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Think you got what it takes? Please submit your resume and preferred city to: info@neatmethod.com and we will be in touch with you shortly!

Is it summer yet?? It's going to be the best yet!

xx

the NEAT girls

Wednesday 03.06.13

Bachelor Nation

It is that time again! You know... the upcoming night when all of America turns on their tv to find out who the Bachelor will choose. Shortly after, everyone swears that they "will never watch the show again" because they can't believe he picked, "her." Regardless, our fella Sean will have to face the facts: we expect a live wedding or a public, disasterous breakup. In the hopes of thinking on the bright side, we're going to give some tips to Sean and all other fellas out there on how to make room for their significant other.

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First things first: Something's Gotta Go! Priorities, priorities, priorities, fellas. You likely are going to have to make more room in the closet department. Here are some helpful tips! Take your old favorite T's and turn them into a t-shirt blanket. Or, consider taking some of those bulky sweaters and using storage under your bed.

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Taking it to the next level: Fool her into thinking you are a cooking machine. Even if you don't have a lot in the kitchen, set it up like you know what you are doing. Get some inserts for those drawers. Once items have a place in the kitchen, there will be plenty of room for her to add her favorite kitchen gadgets. 

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Lastly: If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. We are suckers for a sappy love story. But let's be honest, Sean's fairytale ending statistically is disaster bound. Making your place NEAT for your girl won't be a waste even if things don't work out. Here are a few things that a girl would LOVE to see done in your place:

-Keep your gaming to a minimum. Hide them in here so she thinks you have other interests.

-Any furniture that was not designed to be furniture needs to go.

-All posters that have things that start with a 'W' need to go (think, Wizards, WWF, Women....)

 

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Welcome home!

xx

the NEAT girls

 

PS :: SPOILER ALERT!!! Looks like our girl Heather may just win this season of The Bachelor. After all, we caught her spotted in Thailand at the Final Rose Ceremony with the one and only babe, Chris Harrison! True story! (twinsies!) 

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