Slow the Flow

Just a little something to turn way up on a Friday…Slow the Flow.

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Snubbed…

this month, but look for me in the July issue of Southern Living (hits stands late June). I just didn’t want all of my mother’s bridge and garden club friends to think I was a big fat liar! Neat Freak will appear in the “southern Bible” this summer.

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Happi Earth Day

My friend Rah just sent this link to me. Something sweet, cute and HAPPI for Earth Day!

To honor Earth Day, I took my little Neat Freak dude to the Museum of Life & Science in Durham and soaked up some science and sun. I hope you did something Earth friendly today…took a walk, enjoyed some gorgeous spring weather, took the bus or rode your bike, or just smelled some yummy flowers.

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Hidden Treasures

Today I was trimming back some azalea bushes in our yard (*the* most beautiful blooms this year!), and I discovered a hidden treasure. Growing between two overgrown bushes was a lovely pink dogwood tree. It’s only about 4′ high but has several pink flowers on it…and I imagine if given some space and sunlight, it will have many more next year. We have loads of white dogwood trees in our yard, and don’t get me wrong, I love them (it’s the state flower of North Carolina, afterall), but I’ve always wanted a pink flowering dogwood. And there it was, hidden in our overgrown, desperate-for-a-trimmin’ azaleas.

Finding this hidden treasure got me thinking about clutter and how it can often hide hidden treasures in our homes (and sometimes there is actual treasure underneath all of that crap…like the $1500 check a client once found, or a lost-but-not-forgotten $5000 watch another client unearthed!). Sometimes clutter is hiding the stuff you really love, and sometimes it’s just hiding your “real” home…the home you desperately want to live in, the one that reflects the real “you.” So what are you waiting for? Go forth and unearth your treasure!

Check out my new website @ http://www.neat-freak.com. There’s treasure to be found there, too!

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Neat Freak is all new online

Finally, after having it on my to-do list for close to a year (yes, even the Neat Freak can procrastinate like a champ!), I’ve relaunched Neat Freak online. Check it out for the latest info about my business, links to press and articles and ALL of my newsletter archives from the past 4+ years. Many thanks to Stir Creative Group for making me look so, well…NEAT!

Tell me what you think! I’ll be updating more frequently, plus you can link to my blog, follow me on Twitter (@theneatfreak), or contact me directly from the site. It’s all Neat Freak, all the time.

Keep Neat!

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More shred-a-thons in the area

Last week I posted about upcoming Shred-a-Thons in Chapel Hill. So as not to leave out the rest of you triangle dwellers, here are a few more:

APEX– SHRED-A-THON (Wake County)
Saturday, April 18th
10am – 1pm
Location: Apex Town Hall
Address: 73 Hunter Street
Local Sponsors: Attorney General Roy Cooper, Apex Police Department, A Shred Ahead

RALEIGH – SHRED-A-THON (Wake County)
Saturday, April 18th
10am – 2pm
Tabernacle Baptist Church
8304 Leesville Rd., Raleigh
Local Sponsors: Attorney General Roy Cooper, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Shred It

Saturday, April 18th
9am – 11am
First Baptist Church
99 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh
Local Sponsors: First Baptist Church, Shred It

Saturday, April 18th
8:30am – 1pm
Ridgewood Shopping Center
3514 Wade Ave, Raleigh
Local Sponsors: Better Business Bureau, Cintas, Proshred

CARY – SHRED-A-THON (Wake County)
Saturday, April 25th
Time: 10am-2pm*
Village Square in Cary-across from Cary Towne Center Mall
Local Sponsors: Attorney General Roy Cooper, NBC-17, Shred It
*Check NBC-17 for any last minute changes.

DURHAM – SHRED-A-THON (Durham County)
Saturday, April 25th
Time: 10am-2pm*
Indigo Corners Shopping Center (corner of Mt. Moriah and 15-501)
Local Sponsors: Attorney General Roy Cooper, NBC-17, Shred It
*Check NBC-17 for any last minute changes.

Now that your taxes are in the mail…rid yourself of unnecessary yet potentially sensitive paper at one of these local events!

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Twitter…

I mocked, I sighed, I resisted…and yet here I am, now on Twitter. Follow me if you dare @theneatfreak. I promise never to ‘tweet about what my kids are eating for lunch, or any other inane details of my life that I barely care about so certainly can’t expect you to care about. Just organizational tips, links or upcoming events.

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