Here’s how to take a vacation when you run a small business!

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For small business owners, taking a vacation where you don’t spend the whole vacation attached to your phone or computer may seem impossible. When you work for yourself, you can enjoy individual freedoms and flexibility. Entrepreneurs need to plan to get away and take time off.

As a professional organizer, my job is to help others get neat and organized! I often times work 60-plus hours a week. Running a business is an insane amount of pressure on your day-to-day life. Working with clients in their homes or business is very labor intensive. The business side of running Neat, social media, financials, marketing, advertising, consulting, shopping for supplies, etc.

So how can you make the time to decompress, relax, connect with others, travel and disconnect from your day-to-day workload? 

  • Budget in your own PTO.
  • Save weekly/monthly for vacation.
  • Work ahead on projects.
  • Delegate Task.
  • Plan ahead.

As a business owner, you are constantly thinking of ways to grow your business, create content and take your business to the next level. This kind of thinking can begin to wear on you if you don’t take breaks.

Benefits of taking a break:

  • Reboot your mind.
  • Reset your body.
  • Plan for the future and enjoy the present.
  • Give your business room to shine.
  • Vacation keeps you from burning out.
  • Gain a new perspective.
  • Take time for family and friends.
  • Finish personal projects.
  • Be more productive when you return.

I recently took a break and traveled. I spent time with my best friend and visited places on my bucket list. So much fun and laughter. I feel rejuvenated, rested, relaxed and ready for May.

Happy Spring!
Paige ❤

What is a mudroom? Why does it need to be organized?

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A mudroom is a space in a home where people take off their shoes, outdoor clothing, backpacks, sports equipment and much more.

Typically mudrooms are secondary entrances, which some call a utility room. These are usually off the kitchen or garage. Mudrooms are not large rooms or spaces. Making the most of this space by creating storage is a must.

  • Coat Racks and Hooks
  • Shoe Racks
  • Open and Closed Storage
  • Bins, Baskets, and Containers for storage
  • Bench Seating

Not everyone has the space for a dedicated mudroom, even the smallest spaces can be turned into a mudroom.

In fact, all you need is a spare wall, ideally near the back or side entrance to your home. Check out these photos of mudrooms Neat has organized.

Spring Organizing

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I completed this closet last week. If you’re wanting to organize your closet or any area of your home, follow these steps.

  1. Take everything out of the space, YES, everything.
  2. Clean, dust, mop, vacuum, etc. the space you are organizing.
  3. Declutter like crazy. It’s purge time!
  4. Put like items together.
  5. Label bins, baskets and organizers.
  6. Refill the space.
  7. Train yourself to put things back in their spot.

New habits don’t happen overnight but creating an organizing system makes it easier to maintain. If it seems overwhelming, start with one small project at a time. Follow these seven steps and you will really begin to make progress and have a freshly neat and tidy space.

@neatorganizing is my updated Facebook page. Follow along for more organizing tips.

Paige❤

Happy Two Years to NEAT!

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Get Organized and stay organized!

1. Take everything out of the space.
What if it’s a room and you can’t remove anything? Break it down to one area at a time. In the kitchen, for example, start with the refrigerator, then the cabinets, etc.

2. Declutter
If you don’t use it, haven’t worn it, it’s worn out, or have multiples, it’s time to go!

3. Clean the Space
Never return what you organize to an area that is dirty.

4. Put like items together
During the removal of items, separate like items into groups.

5. Bins, Baskets, Containers
Use organizing products to contain items.

6. Label
Label everything! This makes returning items to their proper home a no-brainer.

Get neat and organized in 2023!
There are health benefits to having an organized space! This makes you feel better all the way around. You know where things are, it can reduce stress and promote productivity, while allowing you to feel more in control and help you feel grounded in your own space.

I can’t wait to see what happens in 2023! Here’s to two incredible years of organizing. I love what I do!

Paige

Hello, 2023

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What an incredible year for NEAT! I’m ending 2022 with gratitude.

I’m grateful for all the love and support from people in my circle who have built me up and supported me through life’s challenges, obstacles, celebrations and millstones.

I’m grateful for my family and friends.

I’m grateful for my clients and the people who support and believe in my work.

Thank you.

Gratitude is one of the easiest ways to find joy and appreciation. I’m working on practicing mindfulness and gratefulness daily in 2023. If your year was anything like mine, then maybe you can’t believe it’s already almost over. With all the obligations that come with life, it’s easy to get lost in the busy schedule of the day. I often have to remind myself to slow down and breathe. 

I’m ending this year by savoring life’s simple pleasures, from time with my son who’s home on break and spending time with my Daddy, who I don’t see as much as I would like, to sleeping later and catching up chatting with friends. When I slow down and permit myself to relax, I’m more open to new experiences and deeper connections.

Thank you for following NEAT. I have lots of new organizing projects heading your way. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to keeping your home and space neat and tidy.

Happy New Year!

Best,

Paige

Unpacking and Organizing

NEAT unpacks and offers home setup services customizable to what you, our client, need. Our primary goal is to take the stress away from the moving process by getting you settled into your home quickly and customized to your needs.

Unpacking and Organizing
Day 1 – Kitchen and Pantry unpack and setup
Day 2 – Master Closet
Day 3 – Bathrooms, Laundry, Mud/Utility Closets
Day 4 – Kid’s Spaces.

Some clients hire NEAT for only the kitchen/pantry unpacking and setup. We strongly
recommend having us start in that space as it is the hub of the home and once the kitchen is operational you start feeling at home right.

If you are interested in having NEAT unpack and set up your home, please fill out our contact form and someone will call you to discuss the details.

Best,
Paige

Hello to the end of October!

Hello To The End of October!

Hello to the end of October! I hope everyone is doing great.

Next month will be two years since the idea of NEAT came to life! January 2023 will be NEAT’S two-year launch date.

Thank you so much for being a part of my journey, I love everything about organizing. In my opinion, I have the most incredible job.

I feel like I’m part therapist, interior designer and drill sergeant. There are some times when I feel like someone’s friend. I have formed some incredible memories and relationships, I’m literally in people’s underwear drawers, in their cabinets and in every space in between. I jump several levels of intimacy on day one!

So that means inherently, you have to have a high level of trust and respect, and the person has to really feel comfortable with you. There’s so much good word of mouth for this type of business. Someone brings you in and loves you, and then all of a sudden, they’re telling their friends. As my Daddy says, referrals are your best advertisement.

Thank you so much for the constant referrals and for my repeat clients.

What’s coming soon for NEAT?

  • Unpacking/Kitchen Organizing
  • Unpacking/Bathroom Organizing
  • Closet Organizing
  • Laundry Room Organizing
  • Teen Bathroom Organizing
  • Two-Car Garage Organizing
  • Maintenance for a home I reset monthly
  • Boy’s Room and Closet Organizing

Follow NEAT on Instagram @neatwithpaige for more updates.

Have a great week and thank you for following along with Neat.

Best,
Paige ❤️

Fall is in the air! My favorite time of the year

Fall is in the air! My favorite time of the year. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, let the decorating begin.

Can you decorate around clutter?

Should you be organized to add holiday decor around your home?

You can’t pay attention to detail without being organized.

Before you start decorating, do these five things.

  1. Clean~Dust, vacuum, mop.
  2. Stick with one color. Even if you don’t have many decorations, all colors can quickly make everything feel cluttered and messy.
  3. Swap decor! Instead of adding extra clutter, put away your year-round decorations before adding pumpkins, turkeys and Christmas decorations.
  4. Swap out worn-out decorations for less or add a new treasure to your holiday decor.
  5. ENJOY the decorations, and enjoy the fall. Take time for yourself and your family.

Happy Fall!

Paige

Happy End of August!

Happy End of August. This year has flown by. I hope everyone who started school is adjusting to a new year, new school, classroom, teachers… My son started his second year at the University of Alabama, Roll Tide! Very proud of him. No matter where you are in life, your surroundings may change but they don’t have to stay the same.

Declutter your surroundings and your circle!

•Looking around in a messy room can be a reminder of a long to-do list, unfinished tasks, or, in general, can make moving around and finding things one needs more difficult.

Declutter & Organize your environment⭐️

•If we surround ourselves with people who are successful, who are forward-moving, who are positive, who are focused on producing results and who support us, it will challenge us to be more, do more and share more.

“If you can surround yourself with people who will never let you settle for less than you can be, you have the greatest gift that anyone can hope for.” – Tony Robbins

Declutter your circle and whom you surround yourself with!
Success✔️✔️

Paige♥️

An organized life IS possible

An organized life is possible, even if you only feel like you’re making a little progress at a time. Some of us have a brain that works in ways that make these skills more difficult to learn and practice. At times, we can be in life situations that make it difficult to implement systems for a successful organization. But even with those challenges, we can do little things every day to find inner calm and outer order.

Being organized is really important in a fast-paced life when we have no time to deal with clutter. Whether it’s physical or emotional clutter, it tends to make you frustrated and can even cause sadness and depression. It’s difficult to make dramatic changes when we’ve spent a long time in an unorganized mess. That’s why I believe it’s SO important to do these things:

  • Let go of our old ideas of what MUST be done every day.
  • Determine and prioritize our important things — even if it’s just ONE thing per day like an extra 10 minutes of decluttering our own space OR an activity to improve our family life.
  • Build daily routines and habits that are simple and adaptable.
  • Recognize that getting organized is a lengthy process — and that is TOTALLY NORMAL.
  • Take time 30 minutes a day for 30 days to organize and watch how the clutter begins to lift.

Happy July. I hope you have a fantastic month and get your clutter, uncluttered.

Paige♥