Well, my friends, the last couple of weeks have me thinking especially hard about creating joy and peace at home. Not only are many of us working from our home offices (or kitchen islands, or dining tables), but with the stress of the unknown, we NEED our homes to support us!
For this week’s post, I had originally planned this interview with Stephanie Pasley, Owner & Lead Organizer at NEAT Method in Providence in the spirit of spring cleaning. Now that we have a bit more on our hands than just a new season, this topic feels even more timely and important.
I was introduced to Stephanie by her sister-in-law, Laura, a fellow hockey mom I’ve known for years thanks to our sons playing on the same team. Laura said our missions sounded similar (helping people live their best lives) and made the intro. She was right!
Now, we’re both here to bring you some tips for creating a home that feels organized, functional, peaceful, and empowering.
A Colorful Backstory: Stephanie Pasley
Stephanie Pasley is just like you and me: she understands firsthand that life can get hectic. She has an 18-month-old, two large dogs, and runs a business out of her home. (You know we love to cheer on female entrepreneurs!)
She originally became a home organizer at NEAT Method in Boston, but after seeing the impact that organizing was having on her clients’ lives, she decided to take on entrepreneurship and open NEAT Method to the Rhode Island market.
We’re so glad she did! A force of good and a woman after our own hearts, Stephanie is changing homes and lives in Rhode Island one organized space at a time.
A place for everything, and everything in its place in this NEAT laundry room. Photo by Christopher Testani
Spotlight on NEAT Method & An Organized Home
Enjoy our exclusive interview with Stephanie Pasley of NEAT Method!
Blakely: First, what is NEAT Method?
Stephanie: NEAT Method is a luxury home organization service committed to providing a more luxurious and smartly appointed living space. We recognize that life gets hectic and that maintaining an organized home can become a challenge, so we design and implement customized solutions that are not only effective, but sustainable. We believe that once your life is clutter-free and well-arranged, you will have a new appreciation for the importance of living NEAT.
Blakely: We can get behind that! So how did NEAT Method get started?
Stephanie: NEAT Method was started by two friends in San Francisco who were determined to help people find a new appreciation for an organized life. They wanted to bring a fresh new face to the outdated organizing industry.
With a strong focus on creating uniquely personalized systems, they created a method to transform a space from chaotic to composed for an array of clientele.
Once they discovered that their method was effective and successful, the NEAT girls brought their knowledge across the country by opening markets throughout the United States. There are now over 65 markets across the United States and into Canada!
Blakely: Wow, that’s impressive! For those who are not familiar with professional organizing, can you explain what NEAT Method’s process is?
Stephanie: NEAT Method Providence works in both homes and businesses, organizing kitchen pantries to garages, and everything in between. Our first step is an in-home consultation where we meet with the client, understand their needs, and measure the space in order to create a customized solution. Every project is different; sometimes we are working under space constraints, improving the functionality of the space, or creating a new aesthetic that the client wants to achieve.
When it comes time to organize, we remove everything from the space, edit, and categorize before implementing our customized solution. We use labeled organization products, such as bins, baskets and canisters, to achieve a neat and beautiful presentation.
A before and after shot of a panty that Stephanie’s team organized — a night and day transformation!
We always work in teams of two or more organizers to ensure we can get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible. We don’t require the client to be onsite for the majority of the spaces we work in, meaning they can go about their daily lives and focus on what is important to them while we take care of everything back at home. When we are done, NEAT Method Providence will take all trash, recycling, donations and consignments with us.
Before and After: Utility cabinets get real utility.
Blakely: Sounds like “full service” organizing! So, many of our clients are building new homes, renovating, or refreshing their design. Do you offer any services that would fit with these situations?
Stephanie: Our most popular services have become our move and relocation services. This can apply to moving out of an old home and into a new build, or temporarily moving out of a home (or space in the home) for a remodel. We offer pre-move preparation where we manage the logistics of packers and movers, and then unpack and organize the new space.
Blakely: What do you suggest as the most important part of that process?
Stephanie: When building a new home, remodeling or refreshing an existing home, the common thread is to edit your existing belongings before anything can be executed. In all three of these scenarios it is important to review what you have, decide what you want to keep and what you no longer use or need.
This is a key step in NEAT Method’s process and one of the most impactful parts of our method. Not only do clients feel much lighter after the edit, but they’re only bringing back into the space what they actually want and need, making the space more enjoyable and efficient.
In many cases, our clients need to have their belongings edited and organized before an interior designer can execute their vision. Too much clutter and too many unnecessary belongings can get in the way of making a client’s dream home a reality.
Blakely: Couldn’t agree more. Is there a specific space that you recommend that someone start with? A single room or the whole home?
Stephanie: We always start with one space, even if the client wants to eventually have their entire home organized. This gives the client an opportunity to get to know us, understand how we work, trust us, and be satisfied with the results before we move forward to tackle the rest of the home.
A great place to start is the most used space in the home or the space that is causing the most issues and stress. That being said, we can start as small as an entryway closet, or we can tackle a space as large as your basement.
I think we can all agree that the spice cabinet can cause frustration when searching for that one jar (why is it always hiding in the back of the cupboard?!)
Blakely: At Blakely, we are all about transforming our clients’ lives by transforming how they live in their homes. How does living clutter-free contribute to a more vibrant and functional life?
Stephanie: Blakely and NEAT Method have the same goal of transforming our clients lives by transforming their homes and how they live in them. At NEAT Method we believe that a clutter-free, organized home will allow you to function more efficiently, be less stressed, and just enjoy being in your home. When everything has a place, you’ll always know where to find it and where to put it away. This will lead to less time and frustration when searching for an item and makes tidying up a breeze.
Blakely: Which spaces would you say are the easiest and most difficult to organize? Why?
Stephanie: Every space is so uniquely different when it comes to ease or difficulty. One might think that a small entryway closet is much easier to organize than a master closet. However, sometimes space constraints make the design and execution much more difficult. We have organized a lot of kitchens and sometimes they are easy and sometimes they are the hardest space we have faced!
There are so many factors that affect the ease of organizing, including the size of the space and the number of items the client has. However, major factors that lead to the ease or difficulty are usually in regard to how much the client trusts us with making decisions on editing, space planning, and product use. The more trust, the easier it is.
An organized pantry is one that actually inspires you! Photo by Christopher Testani
Are You Ready to Brighten Your Home?
I know our clients can benefit from living that clutter-free life, so I’d like to thank Stephanie for sharing some insight on the value of hiring a professional service when your interior needs some refreshing.
If you’re ready to declutter, organize, and feel a weight lift off your shoulders, I hope you’ll consider the power of organizing. Big or small, take Stephanie’s advice and pick the space that will bring you the greatest sense of relief and joy.
Don’t think you can tackle organizing your over-filled pantry on your own? Stephanie would love to hear from you — and yes, she does offer virtual services!
Then, make sure you come back here to let us transform the rest of your kitchen. 😉