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Get your creative juices flowing

Posted by Isabelle de Grandpre on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : Newsletters 
Dear budding neat freaks,

I am not a crafter but I can understand where the attraction lies. It is wonderful to make something unique not to mention the fact that crafting gives one such a creative outlet. Despite this however, I have yet to meet a crafter who is happy with their craft space. Why? Because there are often too many things in the space which in turn leads to a lot of frustration! This month, we are all about crafting at Neat Freak. And since we know so many of you love to be crea...

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10 space-saving ideas for cramped kitchens

Posted by Isabelle de Grandpre on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : Newsletters 
May 2013 Newsletter

Gone are the days when we lived in homes with opulent reception rooms and kitchens large enough to cater for a small army. Nowadays it is all about open-plan entertainment areas or cramped modern living. So what do we do if we still want to have a functioning kitchen but don’t have the space to do it? Here's how we can make space magically appear!

Maximise your wall space by going to the ceiling with shelving. High shelving isn’t going to be useful for everyday it...

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Organised Office - Organised Mind!

Posted by Isabelle de Grandpre on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : Newsletters 
April Newsletter -2013

When I was with a client recently she confided to me that her office is so disorganised that she feels like her mind is about to explode! Since I quite like my client (we'll call her Sam), I suggested to her that we avoid such an explosion and rather set about installing systems and solutions for her that would create a more productive space. When she remained circumspect, I reminded her that a loss of income will be the result of working in an environment that isn't fun...

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Creating Command-Central

Posted by Isabelle de Grandpre on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : Newsletters 
The older my children get the more I seem to need to keep tabs of. I actually thought (stupid me) that when they got older, it would be easier to manage their lives. I was very mistaken so recently I decided to tame the paper clutter on my fridge and try to create a kind of 'command-central' for my family.

What is a command-central? Many refer to this idea as a launch pad - a common space to store small, important items you use everyday. These items can include your keys, cellphones, ...

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Neat Freak new owner of BE ORGANISED

Posted by Isabelle on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : News 

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Keep your eye on the ball

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, In : Newsletters 
The last couple of years have been hectic. So much personal drama and so many things I've wanted to do. But despite my best intentions, in the last 4 years, by mid-Feb I am in a panic. This year I vowed it would be different by going back to my tried and tested way of planning ahead and keeping my eye on the ball.

And it hasn't been easy because who likes planning and budgeting? The pull for me is to be creative. Develop new ideas. Find new products. But since I want the business to grow and m...

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Simplify in 2013

Posted by Head Chiquita on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Newsletters 
Dear budding neat freaks,

It’s January and you’ve decided to make some changes. This year, make it all about simplifying your life and your spaces.

Simplify your clutter by examining if all the ‘stuff’ you have is adding value to your life or causing you stress. It’s wonderful to buy new things and keep old souvenirs but if it limits your capacity to be happy, be brave and get rid of it.  You can give to charities or sell the items if that helps.

Simplify memories. We all have those 't...

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Recycle & Reorganise (Newsletter - September 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Recycle & reorganise

Dear budding neat freaks,

I have been recycling ever since I got married. We lived in a flat and even then I loved trying to find a way to make the most of my space. I found toy containers that stacked and used them behind our kitchen door. It was a small kitchen but I made it work.

Over the years it became easier and now I have a recycling station in my courtyard that consists of three 95L rubbish bins for plastic, cans and glass and a separate box for cardboard and paper. ...

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Money doesn't grow on trees (Newsletter - June 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Money doesn't grow on trees...

Dear budding neat freaks,

When I decided to make changes to my offices in May (i.e. close the home shop and create an admin area and take over my awesome home laundry to make way for a stock room), I knew I certainly didn't have the money-tree recipe. I had to find a way to do it without spending lots of money.

I set about challenging myself to recycle everything I could for new shelving and literally only wanted to pay towards the labour. So, my husband helped me ...

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Keepsakes for Pete's sake (Newsletter - March 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Keepsakes for Pete's sake

Dear budding neat freaks,

If you read last month's newsletter, you will know that I was in the middle of an ensuite bathroom renovation. You will also know just how much I loved (read "hated") this process. Obviously a neat freak doesn't enjoy the chaos that renovation brings BUT what I am thoroughly enjoying, is the licence to tidy up this chaos has afforded me!

My rule of thumb for a good clean up (and clean out) is that it is done twice a year. My first for the year ...

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Loads of new products loaded

Posted by Head Chiquita on Thursday, April 28, 2011, In : Online Shop & Products 
Don't miss out - we've loaded new products to the online shop.
Best you get shopping peeps!

    


www.neatfreakshop.co.za



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Next OPEN DAY

Posted by Isabelle on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, In : News 
The next Neat Freak OPEN DAY will be held on Friday 4th March (09h00 - 18h00)
37 Buckingham Place, Cowies Hill, KZN

LOADS of SPECIALS and NEW STOCK.
Organisers - Storage - Space savers
Look forward to seeing you there!

CASH or EFT by prior arrangement.
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Open Day - 28 & 29 May

Posted by Isabelle on Monday, May 24, 2010, In : News 
28th May (09h00 - 14h00)
& 29th May (09h00 - 12h00)
37 Buckingham Place, Cowies Hill, KZN

LOADS of SPECIALS to and NEW STOCK.
Look forward to seeing you there!

CASH or EFT by prior arrangement.
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NEAT PUZZLES product launched

Posted by Isabelle on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Online Shop & Products 
When my children were younger, my awesome sister-in-law taught me such an easy way to organise their puzzles, that when I realised many of my clients were struggling with the same problem, I hit upon a plan - make the system available to all!

So, Neat Freak is proud to launch the NEAT PUZZLES system that will save you loads of space and money from incomplete puzzles (not to mention eliminate the tantrums when your child can't finish their masterpiece).

NEAT PUZZLES - the perfect system to organ...
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Open Days

Posted by Isabelle on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, In : News 
SALE -  SALE  -  SALE

Neat Freak OPEN DAY:
 
19th March (09h00 - 14h00) 
& 20th March (09h00 - 13h00)

37 Buckingham Place, Cowies Hill, KZN

LOADS of SPECIALS to make way for new stock. 


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NEW products & SPECIALS online

Posted by Isabelle on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, In : News 
The Neat Freak online shop has loads of new products to view and specials on offer.

In-shop specials also, up to 15% off to make way for new stock.

Call 082 673 9740 or make your online purchases today

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Next ORGANISE YOUR HOME workshop

Posted by Isabelle on Monday, February 1, 2010, In : News 
Bookings now open for next Neat Freak ORGANISE YOUR HOME workshop, taking place on 27th February 2010.
Limited to 10 people per workshop.

Based on the Neat Freak information pack for the home, this workshop will give you tips for kitchens, bathrooms, home office and more. Learn how to use colour and decor to your advantage and optimise the space you have available.

Opening Times: registration 08h30. Starts 09h00 – 12h30 pm

BOOK ONLINE: http://www.neatfreak-sa.com/workshops.php
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Next 'Parenting' workshop - 30 January 2010

Posted by Isabelle on Friday, January 8, 2010, In : News 
Bookings now open for next Neat Freak GUIDE TO ORGANISING YOUR KIDS workshop.
Limited to 10 people per workshop.

Based on the Neat Freak information pack, learn how to set routines, de-clutter and define children’s spaces, deal with school & homework and MOST IMPORTANTLY, raise responsible and organised children.
LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

Opening Times: registration 08h30. Starts 09h00 – 12 pm

BOOK ONLINE: http://www.neatfreak-sa.com/workshops.php

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Put to the test

Posted by Isabelle on Monday, November 23, 2009, In : Thinking about it 
Last week-end, the kids' rooms were shambolic and I actually just ignored it (rather good going for a Neat Freak) until I hit upon a plan.

What if I put those rooms to the '5-min system test', which basically was that I would set the timer for 5 minutes and we would see if we could get them sorted in that time using the systems that exist in that space.

So, came Sunday afternoon, that is what I did with my daughter by my side and pretty soon, order was restored in the allotted five mins!  (Here...
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Hurrying about

Posted by Isabelle on Monday, February 9, 2009, In : I am only human! 
My philosophy with my kids is that they should organise their things for school themselves. It is important that they become more responsible. But last night I find myself hurrying about doing all sorts of things in their rooms and my husband comes into the room and asks me what I was doing? Had I forgotten the lessons that I try to teach everyone about?
I could only reply that I AM ONLY HUMAN and some days, the philosophy slips a little!

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