Welcome!

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Welcome to Neat Freak McKinney! I’m so happy you stopped by. Let me introduce myself.

I grew up in beautiful Idaho, the oldest of seven children. My mom is also a neat freak. She had to be in order to stay sane in a house with nine people. I learned early on that work always came before play. It was one of the best things my parents ever taught me.

I’ve always loved taking care of, decorating, and organizing my own home. When my daughter left for college in 2006, I was heartbroken. Our life as we knew it was forever changed. In my sadness, my sweet friends all encouraged me to start my own business using my gifts for home organization.

It was then that Neat Freak was born. I had business cards printed and a business plan in place. But God had other plans. My husband was transferred to Denver. We left our beloved Flower Mound and went on a five year journey exploring beautiful Colorado. I shelved my neat freak dreams and went to work in the school district that our son was attending school in. I worked in several differently abled classrooms. What a blessing that was.

In 2012, after grand babies were being born in Texas, we decided to move back. Our family was more important to us than those glorious mountains.

After moving to McKinney, I started teaching in a local preschool, Redeemer Day School, just minutes from my home. I love teaching, I love children, I love that my grandchildren attend the same school, and I love the ministry I have there. But this last year, something inside of me was encouraging me to start Neat Freak up again.

I decided to wait until summer to give it my full attention, and in June 2017, Neat Freak McKinney was born. I woke up one day and said “lets do this”.  Social media has drastically changed since 2006, and in just days I had my first clients. I cannot tell you the rewards that have already come my way in just this short time.

I can’t wait for the rest of the story……

Love, Lisa

PS We now have six grand babies, with another on the way! God is Good!

 

 

Back To School Routines: Daily Schedule

Having a daily schedule that everyone is on board with makes your days run so much better.

Children of all ages can contribute to the house work. Here are some examples of chores for all ages.

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When our kids were younger and all at home, everyone had a job. Wether it was vacuuming stairs, doing your own laundry, or loading and unloading the dishwasher, everyone was expected to help. And no, we didn’t do allowances, they were expected to help. If they needed money for something, I had extra jobs they could do to earn that money.

Chores were to be done before anyone could play or “go anywhere”. Work before play is my motto.

Daily routines that were non negotiable were:

  • making beds
  • brushing teeth
  • showering
  • hanging up wet towels
  • picking up dirty clothes off the floor
  • putting dirty dishes in dishwasher/cleaning the kitchen
  • packing lunches
  • daily homework finished
  • backpacks packed and ready to go for the next day

 

Teaching younger kiddos to pitch in at an early age helps! They love to help when they are little.

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At age three, she can pick up dirty clothes, get herself dressed, clean up the play room, help take off her own sheets, and sort between lights and darks.

 

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At age 6, he can empty all the small trash cans around the house, empty the inside recycle bin to the larger one in the garage, vacuum, dust, and empty the dishwasher.

And as I wrote yesterday, I am teaching them to cook. 🙂

They really do love to help at this age! It’s usually the parents that get in the way, because we are always in a “hurry” and don’t want to take the time to teach.

Now I’m not going to lie and say all my kids turned out to be neat freaks like me, because they didn’t lol. But what I hope it instilled in them was a sense of respect for their homes and the things they have been given. I am truly proud of the responsible adults they have turned out to be.

 

What are some of your non negotiable daily routines? Need help getting started?

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

Back To School Routines: Food Prepping

Back To School Routines: Food Prepping

This time of year brings a shift in all our homes. Wether you have kids going back to school or not, summer routines come to an end.

As a teacher, I personally love this time of year. It brings me a renewed resolve to start fresh! I love setting up my classroom, making new lesson plans and welcoming the change that’s about to happen.

Two ways I stay organized during the school year is by food prepping, and sticking to my daily routines.

Food Prepping:

Every Sunday evening, I prep food for school lunches and dinners for the week ahead. Involving your kids in this teaches them about food, helps them feel included, and makes them feel proud to help accomplish an “adult task”. They also get a bonus lesson in math while measuring.

 

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I usually cook double of whatever recipe I am making. For instance, I will cook a huge roast or two, or a double batch of ground turkey seasoned with onions and garlic. This creates a base for so many dishes.

I also make up a large batch of quinoa, brown rice, steel cut oats, and hard boiled eggs. I use these as a base for lunches, adding to salads, side dishes for dinner and breakfast every day. 

  • Quinoa: add to salads, soups, or with veggies for a side dish
  • Brown rice: base for tacos, in salads, or with veggies and chicken for dinner
  • Steel Cut Oats: warm up a portion each morning, add fruit, nuts, honey
  • Hard boiled eggs: breakfast with an avocado, or add to salads

Putting my lunch in individual dishes helps make packing up every morning before school a breeze.

After dinner, have the kids help you pack their lunch box for the next day while you’re cleaning up. Letting them make choices usually ensures they will eat what is packed.

 

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Teaching kids to cook is a life skill they will cherish. When supervised, they really can do a lot of things in the kitchen.

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of cooking with both of my grandmas. They made everything from scratch, and taught me to do the same. I think back to those times with the fondest of memories. I love passing it down to my own grandkids.

Other food prep that I like to do weekly includes:

  • washing fruit
  • washing and cutting up veggies
  • baking healthy snacks and freezing for later
  • food shopping once a week

 

Planning ahead makes those busy week days so much easier. You always have something on had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try it for a week and see for yourself.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with daily routines and schedules to make your days easier! 

Need help, but don’t know where to start? Email me, I’m here for you.

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

Whole Home Project, Day 5

Today was the final day of my whole home project with this special family. As you recall, a family health crisis turned this sweet family upside down, literally and figuratively.

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On Day 5, we held a family meeting, kids included. We talked about the importance of everyone in the family being on board. I impressed on them that this had to be a life change, or else their home would end up like it was before I came.

The kids listened and participated in the meeting. They desired to have a happy, organized home. When they returned home after being away all week, they noticed the difference, and were really excited about it.

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After the family meeting, we moved upstairs to tackle their rooms.

 

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They worked tirelessly and without complaining for a solid three hours. We sorted, purged, rearranged, and restyled their collections. The results were astonishing!

 

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We talked about how it was important to not “just clean” their rooms, but to keep them neat, tidy and organized on a daily basis.

Everything in their room now has a form and function. Their fun collections are neatly contained and easily accessible.

 

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Now their son can find what he needs on his desk, as well as have space to do crafts or homework. When like items are stored together, it is easier to find what you need.

 

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Craft items that get used more frequently were stored under the bed in a container, and his National Geographic magazine collection, used more infrequently, found a pretty home, all together.

 

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The before and after pics show just how hard the kids worked. They were proud of their rooms, and want to keep them organized and picked up on a daily basis.

Their mom sent me a sweet note the week after letting me know of the progress the entire family was making on keeping their home neat and tidy. Something to be proud of!!

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I will do a thirty day follow up with this family, can’t wait to encourage them to keep up the great work!

Need help with your home? The hardest part is asking, the rest is all GOOD!

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

 

Whole Home Project, Day 4

Day 4 was all about the kids’ rooms.

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Mom and I worked a day in each room before the kids came home. She wanted to have some control over purging without them there.

When I arrived Saturday morning, we held a family meeting. We discussed the importance of not just cleaning up, but creating new habits.

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I started in the little girl’s room. We had a trash sack, a donate sack, and a pile of things to go through. She was a champ! She quickly made decisions and was willing to let things go. Neat Freak Jr!! Lol!

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She loves nature, collecting beautiful rocks, journaling and her pets.  We grouped like items together and contained the collections into one area. Before, they were scattered about the room and not easy to find.

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The after pics are astonishing. She worked so hard and was SO HAPPY with her new room arrangement.

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Check back tomorrow for the boy’s room before and afters. They are just as good!

Ready to tackle your mess? I can help you! Email or msg me today and let’s get started! You won’t regret it.

I love people, not their “stuff”,

Lisa

Whole Home Project Day 3

Day three we moved to the family room. This room was cluttered, but not overwhelming like the other rooms. We knocked this out in a couple of hours.

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Organizing isn’t just about “cleaning” a room. It’s about having a rhyme and a reason for everything in that room.

Everything has a place and a purpose or it doesn’t stay.

Rooms don’t stay organized unless I teach my clients and their families why I do what I do.

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As with the other rooms, we take out anything that doesn’t belong in that space.

It finds a home elsewhere or it gets donated or sold.

What is left are only the things that belong in the space.

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Rhyme, reason, organized.

Ready to tackle your biggest mess?

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

PS Day 4 & 5 tomorrow!

Whole Home Project Day 1 & 2

Whole Home Project Day 1 & 2

A health crisis turned this busy home upside down, literally and figuratively.

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Life got messy quick. Days went by, months went by, years went by.

They were drowning in stuff and clutter. It took a lot of courage to finally ask for help.

They booked me for an entire week. Their kids were away the first half, letting Mom and Dad make decisions without interference.

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We took one room at a time. One foot in front of the other. It’s all you can do when there is so much to do and you are overwhelmed.

Mom and Dad worked tirelessly along side of me.

Sorting, purging, donating.

As each room became organized, I could see their excitement mounting.

They had A LOT of homework each night. They put in the time and effort, and it started to show!

They took my suggestions to heart. That first night they got rid of their torn, worn couch that “poofed” feathers everywhere, and went out and bought two new chairs!

They couldn’t wait to show me the next day!

 

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By day two, things were taking shape. They had their front room and formal dining room/school room back!

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This is a great story, but it’s not over yet…

Come back tomorrow to see Day 3!

Need help?

I’m ready to organize your home today,

Lisa

 

Home Office Closet

Last week I traveled to beautiful Sunnyvale, TX to continue helping a client organize her new home.

They have been in the house a couple of months. As they have unpacked boxes, things have just been “placed” but not organized.

 

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The first thing I always do is empty the space I am organizing. That way I can sort like items, edit items that don’t belong, and throw away any broken items.

 

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Then, with the homeowners help, I put back in only the things that belong. We create a rhyme and reason for everything. In this case, mom and dad share this home office. It is used to house office supplies, file tubs, cameras, etc. They also store all the devices for their kids, up high, out of reach.

 

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Here is the office after I organized it, and helped her unpack the rest of the boxes.

 

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Their homework was to go through the stack of personal papers, shredding or filing as needed. They also had a box of loose pictures that needed to be sorted, put in scrapbooks or photo albums.

I helped her clear off her beautiful desk too… but as happens sometimes, I get ‘in the zone’ and forget to take a picture. Trust me it was good ;-).

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa