The Cobbler’s Kids

You know that fairy tale about the Cobbler’s kids not having any shoes because he is so busy helping others?

Well sometimes that applies to home organizers too lol!



Sometimes we get so busy helping others, our own homes get in disarray.

So imagine my excitement when unexpectedly, I found myself home alone with a whole Saturday to myself.

I was scheduled to organize a garage that day, but the client needed to reschedule, leaving me with a whole day to myself and endless options.

Being the weirdo that I am, lol, I used the day to clean and reorganize my whole house.




I started with my refrigerator. Not too bad right? I’m pretty good with keeping up with it.

But look at the after:



I found Fridge Coaster on Instagram last fall and fell in love with their product! I ordered some for my daughter for Christmas.

Aren’t they so pretty? So nice!





I love all the styles and colors they come in too! It’s like decoration for my fridge only better because they absorb spills!

How great is that? Have a spill?  Pull up the coaster and replace it, and move on with your day. No more pulling out drawers and shelves to wash in the sink!

I love sharing new fun things with you!

Next I moved to my closet, and speaking of shoes….


I made my Lucky Brand Booties look like new again.



I’m all about less is more, so I like to keep the things I invest in, in good shape vs buying new. These boots are worth the investment when taken care of! They are as comfortable as slippers. This shoe polish  was only four dollars at Target!




I also had fun pulling everything out of my bathroom drawers and freshening them up.

I was texting my sisters and sister in law all day and visiting with them about what I was doing. I was trying so hard to come up with a way to hide those darn cords from my hair dryer and curling irons. I even thought about putting a plug in one of the drawers.

My sister in law was like, why not just store them in your drawer like everyone else? lol! What a novel idea lol!!! I was thinking too hard when duh!!

Even professional organizers need fresh eyes on their own things….sometimes when it comes to our own homes we can’t see anything different than what’s already there.

So that was the Saturday of my dreams LOL. How do you spend unexpected time alone?

I’d love to hear! And if you are needing help with any Spring Cleaning, I’d love to help you do that too.

Ready when you are,



Organize My Drawers

I love it when someone asks me to organize anything!

I was born the oldest of seven kids and with the gift of organization; and nothing makes me happier than to help other people.

It will be one year in June that I launched Neat Freak McKinney . And on this amazing journey, I have met so many interesting people and companies on Instagram.

One of these amazing companies is called Organize My Drawer. When they reached out to me to see if I wanted to collaborate, I was ecstatic! 



How cool is this acrylic insert? It fits perfectly into my drawer! 

Their website is so easy to use. Trust me, if I can do it anyone can! I sent them the measurements of my drawers and picked 3 different styles from their templates. But you can customize them any way you like!



The first thing I thought of was “wow” these would be great to organize all of my husband’s drawers.

We have lots of drawers in our master bath that we use as dresser drawers.  My husband travels a lot and I love making his life easier by organizing everything he needs for his business trips.

He has hundreds of ties and it was time to purge and donate some of them. He gets in a rut and wears the first ones he sees, which happens to be the same few over and over.

With this insert I can organize them by color, season, style, etc. All he has to do is grab the one he wants, which is already rolled up, and pack them in his dress shoes. Rolling helps with wrinkling and saves space in your suitcase.





The same goes with his socks. This divider holds 16 pairs of folded socks. Tommy John brand are my husband’s favorite.

And how’s this for organized undies? (sorry to our children if you’re reading, I’m showing dad’s skivvies) lol!



After, a folded and sorted drawer!





These are great for all of his accessories too.


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I love the clear look of acrylic. It makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, and creates less visual clutter.


And just for fun, here are some other ideas of ways to use Organize My Drawer inserts.

In a baby’s room:











In a shared children’s dresser:

Before a jumbled mess of little his and little her undies…




After, with plenty of room to spare, and bonus, this is a great way to get your kids to roll and put away their own clothes! Make it easy for them to help you!




How about in your home office?












Can you tell how much I love this product? I can think of a ton of ways to organize every area of my home with these custom acrylic organizers!

Go visit their website at Organize My Drawer.  Practically perfect, custom designed organizers for all your own unique things! Built to your exact specifications with their easy to use online design tool. Start your design from scratch or use one of their templates like I did. It’s that easy.

Don’t forget to follow them and me on Instagram and Facebook to see all the other amazing ways you can use their product… don’t forget to tell them I sent you!

And, as always, if you need help organizing anything in your home, I’m your girl. I’m just an email away.


Ready to help today,



When Mama Goes Down

The flu season has been brutal this year. So has strep. Both of which I had this past week. Insert crying emoji here.

And call us old fashioned, but when Mama goes down, the whole house tilts a little, or a lot lol.




This is one of those times that having an organized home really pays off. 

Keeping all the meds in one place, neatly marked, helps everyone know where to go, and where to put back, the meds they need.

In my case, NyQuil Cold and Flu was the only way I could sleep. My sweet hubby knew exactly where to find it! Win win for us both!




I also have a separate container, labeled, just for the kids’ medicine. I like containers you cannot see through for meds, up high, safe out of little hand’s reach.

These white containers are fromTarget.




This is when having an organized and well stocked pantry comes in handy too.

Having food items on hand for quick meals helps everyone. I have a few things in my pantry and freezer that are always stocked up. Tuna and chicken from Costco make a quick and yummy sandwich.



In our house, chili and cornbread are always a favorite, so I always make sure to have everything on hand to make both. Hot, home made food makes everyone feel better.

I also buy turkey burger and chicken in bulk from Costco and cook it up the day I bring it home (with onions and garlic), then freeze in meal sized portions. You can make hundreds of dishes with it.




Spaghetti is another easy and quick fix that everyone likes.



And if all else fails, PB&J,  with chips and fruit wins the day!


Don’t let your world tilt if you go down with sickness, let me help you make your life run smoother! In good times and bad!

I’m just an email away!

Ready to help,


Using Your Gifts

I believe we are all born with a special gift.






I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, grammy-nana, teacher and friend, and I love all those jobs the Lord has given me…but I am happiest and most fulfilled when I am sharing my gifts with others. 


Last June when I launched Neat Freak McKinney I felt called to use my gift of organization, empathy, and compassion with others.


I can walk into the craziest of homes and find ways to bring them peace and order. It doesn’t frazzle me, but rather makes me excited to offer help. That is my gift.


I love learning from other women and feel so loved when they share their gifts with me…what is your special gift? Who are you sharing it with today?


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Be yourself, use your gifts, don’t wish your gift away, share what YOU were given.


And if you need help, I’m here.




What’s Your Excuse?

What’s your excuse for not getting organized? 



Before you can change anything and make lasting efforts in decluttering your home, you have to address the negative self talk that hinders a lot of people.

“I just can’t do it”,  “I’m too tired”, “I don’t have the money to buy things to organize”, “the kids will just mess it up again”, “I can’t get my husband/wife on board to help me”, “I never have time” …sound familiar?

These are lies.

Don’t believe them.




Get out a piece of paper and write down a list of everything you want to accomplish at home. Put that list in a place that will be seen by everyone, everyday. Tape it to your fridge if you have to. Put EVERYTHING you want to accomplish around the house on that list. Big and small.

Now start.

Just do it. One room, one shelf, one drawer, one closet at a time.

Baby steps.

Dump everything out of that drawer, shelf, closet, cupboard and make piles of like items. Throw away or donate what you don’t want or need. Decluttering your home also declutters the mind.

When you are done with that one thing, big or small, go to that list and cross it off.



Now, lets address the “I don’t have the money to spend on organizing tools” lie.

I am betting, and I’m in a lot of homes, that there are so many things sitting around unused, that you can organize with.

Glass jars, Ball jars, baskets, small boxes, any type of bin, even baggies can all be used to contain items.

I’ve had this glass jar from Target forever, (it was about $5), and there are a million uses for it. Markers, crayons, tape, coffee pods, cooking utensils, pantry storage, food storage, etc.




I’ve had this pretty vase just sitting in my cupboard…store q-tips or toothbrushes in it, use it as a pen holder on your desk.




These bins for art supplies and toys are from The Dollar Store. The labels are made from a Sharpie Oil Pen that was inexpensive and lasts forever. 




These drawer dividers from  Target under $2! Again so many uses. Junk drawer, office drawer, bathroom drawer, pantry, etc.




Still feel like “I don’t have the money to organize” is a good reason?

Ask yourself honest questions, when was the last time you went to Starbucks? Have you gone out to eat? Did you buy those cute booties that were on sale? Have you gone to the movies? Got your nails done?

If any of the answers are yes, then add it up, you’ve spent money on things you don’t need, while neglecting your real needs and desires to get your home under control.

It’s a proven fact, that whatever you focus on becomes a priority.

Focus on the things that you want to accomplish, not all the reasons that you think are keeping you from it.

Be positive about it. Instead of saying, “I am too tired to work on the house”, say “I have enough energy to do what it is that I need/want to do”.

Instead of saying, “I never have the time”, say “today, I’m going to put down my phone, put the iPad down, turn off the TV, and do something constructive with my mental and physical energy.”

Get your family involved. Call a family meeting. Tell them how important it is to you. Make it fun. Turn on some music, hand everyone a trash bag, a laundry basket, some cleaning materials and go to town. Kids love to help, make it fun and they will follow your lead.

Don’t believe the lies in your head. Turn those lies into positives and just do it. I promise, it’s really that simple.

And if you need help, I’m here, 





What Is It Worth?

I’ve had some family members say to me, “who would actually pay for someone to organize their house?”.

I think it was an honest question.







My question back to them was, if you have something that isn’t working, and you can’t do it yourself, isn’t it better to fix it rather than have it sit there broken and unusable?





If I had a light fixture go out, and I could not get it to work, I would hire an electrician to come fix it. I would rather have that light in working order, than hanging there broken. It would be worth it to me to hire that job out.


The same goes for your home. If you are overwhelmed with too much stuff and you can’t seem to make it work, wouldn’t it be better for your whole family to hire help? A professional organizer has the tools and knowledge to help you reclaim your home.







Most of the time all it takes is for me to come in and help a family reset their home. 99.9% of my clients have told me that they are able to maintain their home, now that they have the tools in place to keep it organized.



These photos show real life… undoctored, unedited, unstaged real life. This family needed help. They felt it worth the money to hire me to come and help them. I worked with them for a week to get their home reset and back in order.

Much purging, donating, sorting and throwing away happened in that week. Also a lot of soul searching took place within the people who live there. What is all this stuff for? Does it serve a purpose? Does it bring joy? Does it sit there and keep them paralyzed in the mess? 

A gentle nudging from someone who can help was all it took for this family to lighten up their home. It sparked joy back into every room. The things they were holding on to had become a burden. It was worth it to them to get it fixed.

What’s a happy, organized home worth to you?



I’m ready to help spark joy into your home today,


Is This Real Life?

Remember that funny you tube video of the little boy that had just come from the dentist?

“Is this real life?”, he asked.

Well that’s what people say when they look at Pinterest. And guess what?

This is NOT real life.



In real life, there are clothes on the floor, coffee cups on the night stand, papers and candy wrappers on the counter, toys from kids all around…..etc.




Most bathtubs have magazines sitting by it, soap and shampoo in sight, toys left in the tub from the kids, make up and hair products on the counter… get the picture.



In most kitchens, there are scuffs on the cabinets, crumbs on the floor, dishes to do, and dinner ingredients sitting out that need to become a meal by 6pm.


A couple of weeks ago a reader sent me an email asking for ideas for her master closet. I most always turn to Pinterest to get ideas. And I always find inspiration there.




But it got me thinking…..we don’t live this way! I’ve never walked into a Pinterest home where people actually live there….ever.  


Now….if I lived totally alone, then yes, my house could look like this. I am an over the top neat freak and want it picture perfect as much as possible. Clutter in my home equals clutter in my brain. I can “feel” when my house isn’t in order. I know, it’s weird, but that’s how God made me. But that’s not a realistic goal now is it?


I live with people that aren’t like me. And life gets messy! And I wouldn’t trade my people for anything! Not even a Pinterest worthy home.


Now this picture? This is real life. This is what a busy family with kids, jobs, school and crazy schedules looks like. This is what I help with. It’s not a professionally shot photo, cropped and lit and edited to perfection. This is real life. Real people.




I take your clutter and organize it in a way that helps your family run smoother. I tell all my clients, “I love people not their stuff”. I’m here to help you, not judge. I want to leave my clients with tools to keep their home organized in a way that helps them. 





This is real life. This is what I love to do. This is what people that contact me need. “Help me simplify my life so that I can function on a daily basis and not be overwhelmed.” You got it!

Now this, this is real life.  I’m just an email away. 


Ready when you are,


New Year, New Beginnings

Happy 2018 Friends!


There’s something about a new year that gets me all excited. I want to clean everything in sight, pare down to bare minimalism in every room, make goals, go out for a run, clean my car, remodel the garage, and on and on….now you know how to pray for my family LOL.



Putting all the Christmas away just energizes me in a way I can’t describe. 




About the only thing I miss is the glow of the Christmas lights all around my house. In their place, I like to burn candles in pretty vases, like these mercury glass ones I have collected over the years.

Candles add that warm glow, and make your home feel so cozy. White candles are my favorite. I have a mix of scented and unscented so the smell isn’t too strong.




What are some of your goals for this new year? Mine is to worry less about things I have no control over. 




I will admit this is hard for me. But I will make more of an conscience effort to let things go. Keeping a written journal is a great way to keep track of your thoughts, prayers and goals.

I was gifted a journal for Christmas and I plan to write in it every night, empty my thoughts, and go to sleep with a clear mind.

I’m looking forward to what this year will bring, and putting away all the not so great things that happened in 2017. After all, isn’t it much nicer to be positive? 

And as always, I’m here to help you get organized. Now is the best time to do it while you’re putting all your holiday decor away. 

Kitchens and pantries need to be tidied, linen closets put back in order, guest rooms refreshed, closets to clean and purge, toys to go through and donate….let’s make everything fresh again! I would love to help you in any way I can.


Taking appointments today,











Comparing IS the stealer of our joy.  In this world of perfectly edited photos, magazine worthy homes, perfectly coiffed hair, and long fake lashes among other things, it’s easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to others.




I recently helped a busy mom organize her master closet. They had moved over the summer and added a new baby to the family. To say she is busy is an understatement. I was so glad she asked for help. That is sometimes the hardest step.


This picture is “real life”…




We got to talking about hangers of all things. “Does every hanger HAVE to match?”, she asked?  “In a perfect world they would”, I told her laughing. “Does your closet have all matching hangers?” “No, it does not”, I said.




There is nothing wrong with using what you have. If you want all your hangers to match, and you have a budget that allows you to replace all your hangers, go for it. 

My husband gets his shirts, dress pants, and suits dry cleaned. Am I going to take every shirt and pair of pants and change the hanger when I get home? No way. I would rather use that time and energy on something else. Is it still organized? Of course.





When I first started my business and started posting before and after pictures of my jobs on Instagram and FaceBook, it was intimidating. Were my pictures as good as others? No. Am I a professional photographer? No. Does my work still count? Yes.  




Do I care more about helping clients than posting perfect pictures? Yes. I love what I do. I love helping people, I love helping them take back their space. 




Do I wish every picture I posted looked gorgeously styled and edited…..depends on the day.  Will that keep me from posting pictures of my work? No.











this shelf unit from The Container Store wasn’t being used to it’s potential…





I moved it to her game/storage closet instead….




Now her kids can easily see and get to all their games, and put them back where they go!


Closet before…




Closet after…




Don’t get caught up in perfection. Don’t let it steal your joy, or keep you from doing what you love.

Do you need help taking back your space? Want to have fun while doing it? Then I’m your girl…email me today and let’s get started.


I ready to help,


Getting Ready for Baby

This week I helped a sweet client, who also happens to be my daughter, get her nursery ready.



This sweet baby girl will make baby number 3 for my daughter, and grand baby number 7 for my husband and I. Hashtag blessed!





This nursery shares space with the guest room. The extra bed in there will be nice for Mommy on those long nights and late night feedings.




Mommy’s design choice is simple and classic but with a modern twist. Light, airy, no clutter. Bedspread from Anthropologie.




Sheets and wall hanging from Target, crib from Ikea. All we have left to do here is raise the mattress up.


We turned this unused dresser into a baby changing table. I think it turned out so pretty!







Each drawer holds baby items like diapers, wipes, onsies, jammies, plus extra sheets and blankets. The drawer dividers from Target help keep sizes separate, as well as diapers and wipes organized.

The ensuite bathroom will make bathing baby easy too!




Fun recycle tip: don’t throw away the little bags that the sheets came in. Use them in your diaper bag for everything from a change of clothes to holding your keys and wallet!





And last but not least, hampers don’t have to be plastic and “not cute”! She is using this pretty basket for her baby hamper. Darling right?!




Are you, or anyone you know setting up a nursery? Need help? I’m your gal!


Ready to help you today,