It feels like I’m always in a battle to keep my closet tamed. You know what I mean?
When I do an overhaul or big organization, just a couple months later the mess piles right back up.
While I’m pretty regular on purging, and using the KonMari Method to keep down the clutter, keeping what I have left organized is a totally separate challenge.
Recently I looked in my closet at some of the plastic bins I was using for storage of seasonal items and thought, there’s got to be a better—and better looking—way to stay organized.
So I reached out to NEAT Method Orlando for a closet overhaul, and I’m so excited to be partnering with them to show you my closet makeover. From purging to organizing, they do it all!
First, I met with one of the NEAT team members; in this case, it was the owner, Meg, who came over to my house for a quick evaluation of what we’d be organizing.
We walked through the house and I showed her the (many) areas I wanted to organize, but we decided to do both the master closet and the pantry.
While you can of course choose to organize any area of your house, I decided that focusing on two areas where I spent the most time, made the most sense. I do hope to follow up with some work on the kids’ closets, but that will have to be for another time!
Before working with Meg and her team, I went ahead and purged all unwanted items on my own.
While Meg says her team can absolutely do this part of the process, I feel so comfortable with it that I decided to do it on my own.
If you want a refresher on how to let go of certain items, check out a couple of my posts on the KonMari Method here and here for more.
If you work with NEAT on the purging, your first step will be to meet with one of their team members at your house who can walk you through the process of minimizing mess. They even take clothes you no longer want and donate them for you. Since a big hurdle to organizing can sometimes be the mess it leaves behind—and what to do with it—I love that this is included in their services.
The short answer is no, but the as with anything, it all depends on your preferences and budget.
NEAT can work with what you have, but they also have their own branded merchandise for organizing, from fabric boxes to hangers to labels, that makes the end result look a little more cohesive.
I got a dozen of the Oxford Bins in dimensions that fit my closet and left them for the team to work with. I had no idea what they’d be using them for, and I honestly thought I had over-ordered, but shockingly they used almost every one!
You’ll see what we ended up using them for in the After post. 🙂
After purging and minimizing, my first goal for working with NEAT was to get an overall better-looking space.
But to be more specific, here’s what I wanted to work on:
Like I said before, I was organizing with plastic bins, and while efficient and even great for seeing what was stored inside, I got sick of that look.
Another goal was organizing my drawers. Aah, the drawers! While I did maintain some serious organization in my underwear and sock drawers from my KonMari session—I still cannot recommend these organizing tools enough—my drawers overall needed a refresh.
And finally, I wanted some expert input on if I was utilizing each space for its best use. For example, is it best for jeans to be rolled in a drawer, hung up, or folded on a shelf space?
There are tons of different ways to store and organize clothes, and I wasn’t sure I was putting the right things in the right spaces to maximize utility and to make it look its best.
After our initial walk-through I was assigned a team of three amazing organizers that came in on the day of the project and took over.
When I say this was probably the easiest process ever, I mean, I literally did nothing except advise them on those overall goals of mine.
I told them my issues with drawer space—specifically my jeans drawer and t-shirt drawers, which were both brimming to the top with mess—showed them where the new bins and labels were, and that was it!
It was an incredible feeling leaving my space in the hands of experts and just being able to let them take over.
They went through every single item (God bless, haha), and even folded every single pair of underwear to nest them back in the cloth organizer. I mean, insane!
I had to leave the house to get the kids from school and came back to the most insanely-organized closet, every detail taken care of.
They found a better spot for my jeans; got rid of my jumble of t-shirts in the drawer; found unpaired socks and set them to the side to be thrown away; organized all the hanging items by color; moved my swimsuits to a better spot; labeled and distributed the cloth bins to hold infrequently-used items; and so, so much more!
I can’t wait to show you the After pictures in an upcoming post! In the meantime, I will say that this service is worth it for the ease alone. It was so simple and hands-off for me. Can’t wait to fill you in on more in an upcoming post!
Have you worked with NEAT Method before? How do you like to keep organized? Find me on IG where I’ll be sharing more of my closet makeover!