A home’s style is often defined by the things you can’t see — like an absence of clutter. While clean, organized living spaces top many homeowners’ lists, they’re not always easy to achieve. Last year, two expert organizers opened Neat Method Atlanta to bring fashionable organization to Atlanta’s Northside. Northside Woman recently reached out to Neat Method Atlanta owners Sarah Edelman of Alpharetta and Devon Green of Buckhead, who shared their insights on organizing homes in smart, yet simple ways.
What is Neat Method?
Edelman: Neat Method is a luxury home organizing and unpacking service. We are more than professional organizing; we offer a lifestyle service that produces well-arranged, comfortable living environments. It’s best known for designing customized solutions to create a new level of comfort and style in the home.
Green: Expect an honest approach, a sharp eye for detail and a personal sense of refined style. We believe that once your life is clutter free and well arranged, you will have a new appreciation for the importance of living “neat.”
Tell us about yourself
Edelman: I am a special education teacher turned home organizer/entrepreneur with two little girls at home who are learning to live the “neat life.” I have lived in Alpharetta, Georgia for over 20 years. I am obsessed with HGTV and all things involving home projects. I try to find humor in everything and love a good dad joke. I am formerly a teacher, but still love a good checklist for my day.
Green: I grew up in Ontario, Canada and went to school at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I made my way to Atlanta in 2009 and have loved every minute of living here. I have lived in Buckhead (Peachtree Park and Peachtree Hills), Westside and currently Chastain, and honestly couldn’t pick my favorite because they all have so much to offer. Some random facts about me are that I love all things pink, (especially pink peonies), and a trip to Greece is next on my [dream] travel bucket list; but I do dread the challenge of packing. (I’m a consummate over-packer.) I have a shoe collection that I built a closet around, and therefore was queened “Master of Closets!”
What is your favorite organizational product?
Edelman: My favorite organizational product is the acrylic clutch organizer. It is a must have for organizing and displaying your favorite clutches. It gives that boutique feel to shopping in your closet.
Another versatile product is the Linus Lazy Susan. It can be used for storing cooking oils in pantries, baking supplies, hair care products or arts and crafts. It is one of those products that can be used in every area of the home.
Green: For pantries, we are huge fans of baskets. This allows for categories to be created and allows the client to not only be able to find what they are looking for, but also know when they have run out of or, in many cases, have way too much of an item.
As a professional organizer, what room in the home is your specialty?
Edelman: We love to do every room in the household, but I would say my favorite is the linen closet. There is something about freshly folded white towels that makes my heart happy.
Green: I’m a huge fan of tackling closets (especially the master). This is a space that often creates a lot anxiety for many people, and honestly, that’s the last thing anyone needs when they are rushing around trying to get ready in the morning. Giving our clients a calming, functional and enjoyable space, and seeing how happy and relieved they are when they see it, is the reason I love this job.
Any tips to share about clothing closets?
Edelman: Using uniform, felt, slim-line hangers by Whitmor for all of your clothes gives your closet an immediate sense of organization.
Green: We like to create categories that make sense for each individual client. For some clients, we break out by specific type (sleeveless, short-sleeved, three-quarter-sleeved, long-sleeved), but for others, we focus on use (workout clothing, business clothing, casual clothing). We create a system that makes sense for a client’s life, not just what makes sense aesthetically in the space. Our main goal is always to provide the client with a space that is more functional, beautiful, sustainable and just makes their lives easier.
Do you make your clients throw away a majority of their stuff?
Edelman: We can help clients edit their closets down to their best and favorite items. By removing the items you do not wear often, it opens up room in your closet to see all the different possibilities you have to wear.
Green: We often pull out items that are “well loved” or simply need repairs or cleaning, and allow the clients to make the decision for themselves. It’s common that once we point something out to a client as well loved, they see it for what it is, not for what it was. Especially with clothing, it’s important to remember that every item serves a purpose, and often that purpose has been fulfilled. By helping clients with their donations, or directing them to the correct place to sell, we take away the stress or guilt of disposing of items that are no longer serving their purpose.
When it comes to pantries, we typically ask our clients if they are comfortable with us disposing of expired items. Ninety-nine percent of the time they are blown away by the amount of food items that have passed their expiration date. (Seriously, we are all guilty of this…even us.) We will keep a list of all the expired items that we dispose of, enabling the client to replace and restock their panty with those items easily.
We make the process as simple and pain-free as possible.
What is ahead for Neat Method Atlanta in 2018?
Green: Lots! We are thrilled by all the love we have been getting since our launch in August and cannot wait to continue to spread the Neat name and make Atlanta a Neat-er city. We have been working with the best clients, who continue to help promote us to their friends and families, and we are so grateful for that. We are also so excited about the partnership Neat Method recently formed with Whitmor. This partnership will allow us to bring lots of new products to our Atlanta clients this year.
Anything you would like the readers of Northside Woman magazine to know about you or your company?
Green: Neat Method is here to make their lives easier and more enjoyable. Our passion is organizing, but it’s definitely not everyone’s — and we recognize that. There is zero judgment on our side, ever.
(We have seen it all.) Everyone has their own strengths, and if organizing isn’t one of them, why not let us come take the daunting task off your hands, allowing you more time to do the things you love and enjoy.
Contact these stylish organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a personal wardrobe consultant and owner of Alpharetta-based Fashion With Flair, Lori Wynne helps people look their best. Connect with her at fashionwithflair.com.