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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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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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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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Bowled over (Newsletter - November 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Bowled over

Dear budding neat freaks,

I simply cannot believe that 4 years ago I decided to start this business. And to think of the lessons I've learned along the way and the wonderful people I have met and been able to help. I am bowled over by all the support!

But here's the deal. When you start a business, you think that you're superhuman. You can do it all and you know better than anyone. NOT. Invariably the aunty down the street might have better business savvy. So what are the biggest lif...

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Advice is Mahala (Newsletter - October 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Advice is mahala

Dear budding neat freaks,

It has been a busy month (what with all the spring cleaning going on) and rather than give you loads of information, this newsletter will be short and sweet and to the point.

We are excited to announce that the Neat Freak family is growing - no I am not with child - but Melissa Breed has joined us as a Product Chiquita. Melissa is based in Umhlanga and the proud mom of two is very motivated to get going in her new venture. Call her to arrange a 'shindig...

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Superwoman has landed (Newsletter - August 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Superwoman has landed

Dear budding neat freaks,

I don't know about you, but lately I have been feeling a little like the proverbial hamster on the wheel. It's spinning and I am still moving forward but the end of the wheel isn't there. I can't jump off because it's spinning and I can't slow down too much in case the wheel stops altogether. Know the feeling?

I bet many of you do because I am often out networking and talking to people, and I am hearing this scenario being described to me by more a...

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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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Happy Homes, Happy Moms (Newsletter - May 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Happy moms, happy homes

Dear budding neat freaks,

I am one of many busy moms who need to be organised to function at our optimum. Because May is 'mom's-day-month', I wanted to share with you some tips that I found recently. I truly hope they help.

Get a great planner to help organise your schedule. If you're a techno-junkie, try managing your time online with Google Calendar OR if you're a techno-phobe, go with a diary. Even a basic notebook with lots of room to jot down notes will help you mana...

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Slam Dunk (Newsletter - April 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Slam dunk

Dear budding neat freaks,

This month has been a very busy one with a few big decisions made in preparation for a some major changes in the coming months.

One of the decisions has been to focus on my speaking engagements and workshops but I wanted to come up with a title for the latter that really encapsulates what I like doing during my home and parenting workshops. When I run one of these, I want people to come to a session where they can deal with their issues around organisation and...

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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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Renovation Devastation (Newsletter February 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Renovation Devastation

Dear budding neat freaks,

Hands up those that just love renovating? I am sure there are a few out there but for the most part, there is a reason most of us definitely didn't raise our hand. And that is because renovating causes major chaos. The dust, the noise, the constant cleaning and not to mention, the complete loss of any 'zen-like' feelings in the home.

We recently started renovating our ensuite bathroom and three weeks into it (yes you did hear right) we are still i...

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AWOL List (Newsletter: January 2012)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
AWOL List

Dear budding neat freaks,

Compliments of the new year to you and I hope you have all had an incredible festive season surrounded by family and friends. I was very lucky to be in Mauritius with my large family, sipping G&T's in the calm ocean. It was awesome to be together (although sometimes I hankered for my own bed and pillow)!

Since I didn't have a lot of time before I left to get stationery done, I have had to deal with it now and I couldn't believe it when I realised that I (yes, ...

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Newsletter : November 2011 (archives)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
Beauty & the Beast...

Dear budding neat freaks,

Everyone who knows the story of the name of my business, knows that I chose it primarily because my daughter kept calling me this. But what everyone doesn't really know is that she is the COMPLETE opposite. In fact, she took great delight in buying a sign that declares Bless this Mess (for all to see passing her bedroom door).

For most, the lack of organisation by our kids is frustrating but for me, as the Neat Freak, you can imagine that I border ...

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Newsletter : October 2011 (archives)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
To all the budding Neat Freaks,

When I started my business, I wanted to be as upfront with people about my shortcomings as I could because contrary to popular belief, being organised isn't perfection personified.
 
This perception is often highlighted when I am with clients or presenting to them because I cannot tell you how often people say "I can only imagine how tidy your house must be?" The simple truth of the matter is that my house is tidy but it is far from perfect.
I am the mother to two...

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Newsletter : August 2011 (archives)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
To all the budding Neat Freaks,

I can now safely say that I am the victor of a 10-day stint of technological warfare. First my wireless printer decided to go quietly into the night (literally deciding one night that when I woke up it wasn't going to), then it was the turn of my Blackberry, who was getting too hot to handle. Again, I do mean that literally as the toggle was heating up, so that had to be sent in to the BB doctor.

For most that would be enough to throw you over the edge, and beli...

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Newsletter : July 2011 (archives)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
To all the budding Neat Freaks,

As a work-at-home business owner, I can tell you that there are loads of benefits to having your office close by. For example, you can go to work without make-up and wear whatever you want to ward off the cold of winter. You can manage everything that needs to be done at home and you get to save money on lunch because you just grab something from the kitchen. The biggest upside is that when your kids are sick or on holiday, it's makes life a lot less complicated...

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Newsletter : June 2011 (archives)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
To all the budding Neat Freaks,

I recently got a bee-in-my-bonnet about buying a new car because I have loads to load and my much-loved Polo seems to be taking strain. BUT, I didn't realise all the things I need to consider when buying a vehicle.
 
What mileage does it do on a tank? What is the litre capacity of the boot? Does it have an adaptor thingy for my iPod? Do the seats fold flat? Where is the cup holder? Plus don't forget those budget issues that my husband keeps reminding me about; How...

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Newsletter : May 2011 (archives)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
To all the budding Neat Freaks,

As a result of all the new developments and growth that the business is experiencing, I have been forced to install a 'proper' accounting system and get my accounts and admin in order.
 
Now to say that I would rather be pulling my fingernails off would be an understatement. You see I love admin (I can hear the revulsion in your voices as I type), but because I generate so much paperwork, my admin has become as complicated as running a small country.
 
I find myself...

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Newsletter : April 2011 (archives)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
To all the budding Neat Freaks,

March has been an interesting month with loads happening in the Neat Freak office. We launched our new online shop on 25th March and we've been hard at work finding new products and establishing new services.
 
In keeping with the theme of revamping, the month of March was also about getting rid of stuff in my home! Every year I try to do a spring clean - I hire extra cleaning staff for 2 or 3 days and the house gets a thorough cleaning. I also take time to ident...

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Newsletter : October & November 2010

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
To all the budding Neat Freaks,

Neat Freak is 2 years old in November and I am so excited about my 'baby's' progress! It doesn't seem that long ago that I hit upon the idea to start this business and I am thoroughly enjoying every moment of it's growth.
 
As evidenced in our client gallery, Neat Freak has helped many a family regain control over their clutter, giving them more living and loving time AND we've added many more products and services to our repertoire as well as launched our online ...

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Newsletter - November 2010 (archives)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
To all the budding Neat Freaks,

The year is almost over and I am on a countdown to a lovely holiday in Mauritius. The kids have even made themselves a ‘worm poster’ and they mark off sections of the worm’s body as the days go by. As you can imagine, as a workaholic of note, I have been grappling with the concept of taking so much time off.

Then, just as I started to get comfortable with the fact that a very hard year was drawing to a close and I rather liked the idea of such a long holida...

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Newsletter : September 2010 (archives)

Posted by Isabelle (Head Chiquita) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Newsletters 
To all the budding Neat Freaks,

Do you remember a time when the only thing you might have worried about was how long you could crawl on the floor and touch everything in sight before your parent told you to stop touching everything? Well, I can't remember, but I can certainly imagine how that 'freedom' must have felt.

The truth is sometimes we need to remember the freedom we felt as a child, uninhibited by STUFF all around us. We need to take a step back and question why we hold on to things e...

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Invitation to all to join the team (as product consultants)

Posted by Head Chiquita on Friday, June 15, 2012, In : News 
Neat Freak is a professional organising business that combines organisational products with time-saving tips and declutter ideas. We are looking for motivated people who are keen to learn and earn!

The benefits of joining our team:

NO INVENTORY: your starter pack is all you need.
BUSINESS IN DEMAND: South Africans are joining the international movement to becoming more organised.
FLEXIBLE HOURS: You decide when YOU want to work.
LOW START-UP INVESTMENT
NO TERRITORIES: You can sell anywhere, buildin...
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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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New online shop launched

Posted by Isabelle on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, In : Online Shop & Products 
In case you missed the huge sign on the front page of the website, Neat Freak has just relaunched its online shop.

We are so excited about the shop's relaunch because it had so many more features like:
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Cross-categorisation of products
  • Awesome search engine
  • Streamlined ordering system
  • and loads more...
And because we're in the mood to celebrate, everyone and anyone that makes purchase between 25th March and 3rd April, qualifies for a 15% discount.
Now that's something to shout about.


Chec...
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Error in MOM Diary

Posted by Isabelle on Monday, January 24, 2011, In : News 
Hi Everyone - I received this mail from one of my clients today regarding the MOM Diary and thought you all should know (thanks Debbie).

Just so that you can maybe let your other clients know that purchased the MOM Diary there is a misprint in the 2011 Year Planner. October month  shows the 1st as a Friday when it is in fact the Saturday, I only know as I booked my holiday around these incorrect dates.  In addition maybe check but other calendars show the 27 December as a Public holiday – t...

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Neat Freak makes its TV debut

Posted by Isabelle on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : News 
It was a busy week-end for Neat Freak as I was a speaker at the Ready Set Go workshop (at the Durban Country Club) and then, got the opportunity to be filmed and interviewed for Lisa Raleigh's new show, Keep it Real!

After a bit of a rush (both time-wise and excitement-wise), I had to get back home after the presentation and begin de-cluttering a room for the show - but it all worked out. Thanks to my hubby for being such a great help and the kids were so excited to the see the process.

"Keep ...
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DCC Ladies Wellness Workshops

Posted by Isabelle on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : News 

The Durban Country Club in association with the Ready Set Go team has launched a wellness programme which consists of six ½ day workshops that will leave you inspired to lead your best life. And in September, Neat Freak will be part of the programme.

Join us and take the challenge and change your life by attending one or all of the fun, interactive workshops hosted by knowledgeable speakers.  The monthly themed workshops will take you on a journey of discovery and inspiration.

For more infor...


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ECR House & Garden Show

Posted by Isabelle on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, In : News 
WOW - what a busy July it was for Neat Freak.

The H&G show now has a section called the HOMEGROWN Fair, which showcases local design and homegrown brands. Neat Freak was lucky enough to exhibit in this section and whilst it was a hectic schedule to keep, it was invaluable experience.

A big thanks to Terry Angelos of Wart & Fish Trading, for running a well organised and lovely show.

See you all there next year.

Click here for more info : H&G Show

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BWA Regional Business Achievers Award - Finalist

Posted by Isabelle on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, In : News 
I was recently nominated for a Regional Business Achiever's Award in the Emerging Entrepreneur category. This is an annual award that is run by the Business Women's Association. After being shortlisted and interviewed, as the owner of Neat Freak, I made it into the finals.

The awards were held on 28th July and whilst i didn't walk away with the prize, I was thrilled to have made it that far! Who knows, perhaps if I get nominated again, I can clinch it.

Click for more info:
The Mercury

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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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SLIGHT DELAY OF ONLINE STORE

Posted by Isabelle on Monday, February 1, 2010, In : News 
I have to break my promise of the online store going live in January as I'm being a bit of a control freak!
I undoubtedly will encounter some technical problems when the store goes live, but for now, I am trying to get it up and running without these glitches.

PLEASE bare with me - hopefully it will be worth the wait and functional in the next few days!

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