We have so much to be thankful for!

by Lyn Marsteller on November 24, 2014

As we quickly enter the 2014 Holiday Season, we have so much to be thankful for. We hope that you do as well.

large-category-banner13Big Savings on our Large Purse Perfector

To get you in the festive, and organized mood, we’re having a big holiday sale. Now through December 7, 2014, you can get two large Purse Perfectors for $90 — that’s a savings of over 25% off the regular price. Would you like to take advantage of this offer? Enter promo code TWOFER at checkout, and it’s yours!

As a leader in handbag organization tools, we’re pleased to have been able to help so many women end handbag chaos. There’s no need to spend precious time digging in your handbag when the perfect solution is available.

small-business-saturdaySmall Business Saturday

We’re proud to participate in Small Business Saturday again this year. This Saturday, November 29, will mark the fourth annual Small Business Saturday.

The perks of doing your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday far outweigh those of Black Friday. Crowds should be more manageable and you can get some really great deals. And there’s a big bonus–you’ll be supporting your community in style.

When you shop small, it can lead to big things. The shop small movement makes an impact on small businesses and neighborhoods across the country. When you register your American Express card, spend $10 at a participating small business on November 29, you’ll get $10 back, up to THREE times. So why wouldn’t you shot this day? It just makes sense for you and the impact on small businesses is important.

Not only will you avoid the insane crowds of Black Friday, but shopping on November 29 gives you a chance to find that one of a kind gift that’s not sold at mass retailers. We’re proud to be a woman owned small business, and we’re excited to be a part of this years event. (And remember you can use promo code TWOFER at the same time.) Be sure to register your card today, learn how this works, and then see which small business are participating.

Free Shipping

If you’re just in the need of one Purse Perfector or prefer to purchase the medium size for gifts, that’s great! We’d like to offer you free shipping on your purchase. Use promo code SHIPFREE at checkout.

With so many great things going on in the next few weeks, we hope you’ll take advantage of one or more of these offers. We’d like to thank each of you for being our customer!


Gorgeous Handbags for Fall and Winter

by Lyn Marsteller on October 14, 2014

When the leaves begin to turn and when pumpkin is added to everything we eat and drink, then you know it’s time to switch out your handbag for something new. If you haven’t chosen a new handbag for this fall and winter yet, we’ve done some groundwork for you to bring you some beautiful options.

Coach – Mini Stud Edie Shoulder Bag ($1100)

With new designer Stuart Vevers comes new fresh and more forward thinking designs. While there’s still some of the traditional Coach pieces which have been around for a really long time, there’s some gorgeous new handbags that might just make your next must have list. Picking one, might not be possible, but we’re narrowing our choice down to the Mini Studs Edie Shoulder Bag.

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Proenza Schouler – PS1 Medium Leather Satchel ($1,695)

This PS1 is iconic Proenza Schouler styling that will be a firm favorite for years to come. This handbag is both beautiful and functional. The main compartment is perfect for keeping your Purse Perfector.

Proenza Schouler

Kate Spade Saturday – The A Satchel ($250)
This lovely handbag is too nice to save just for the weekend. It too is very functional with multiple inside pockets. Do you have a favorite color? Good. Because this handbag is available in ten different colors — one is surely your go to color. 
kate spade saturday The A SatchelFrye – Campus Shopper ($398)
You don’t have to be a cowgirl to love this beautiful tote. This will take you, and all of your “stuff”, anywhere you need to go all day and night long in gorgeous style. This is available in five colors. We love how soft and supple Frye’s leather products are to the touch. They’re a joy to carry. Cowgirl boots optional! 
Frye Campus Shopper
Rafe – Celia Large Satin Triangle Clutch Bag ($250)
Turns head when heading out on the town with this sweet clutch
Rafe Celia
There’s so many gorgeous handbags to pick from, that it was hard to choose. We’ve listed just a few of our favorites. If you have a favorite handbag your carrying this fall, please share a link in our comments.

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Use Google Calendar to Simplify Your Life

by Lyn Marsteller on September 16, 2014

google calendarKeeping track of your own calendar can sometimes seem a daunting task. Having to also keep track of your husband’s, your kid’s, your grand kid’s, etc. can seem almost impossible — or at a minimum something that will surely give you a headache.

If you have a smartphone and a Gmail account, and you’re not also using Google Calendar, I challenge you to give it a try.

Basic Calendar Features

Start off by adding events to your calendar to keep track of your own appointments, tasks, outings, birthday’s, days off, etc. — I add events for anything that I would write into a paper planner. By doing this, I don’t need to remember to carry my paper planner with me (unless I’m attending a meeting). Wherever I am, I can quickly glance at my calendar on my phone to check my future availability, and I can add new appointments/events to my calendar directly from my phone.

To add an event to your calendar, click the date and time. A popup window will appear where you can add whatever details you’d like to include. You can be as basic or as elaborate as you’d like. You can also set an event to repeat. Do you pick you son up from tennis every Thursday after practice? You can set this as a repeating event. You can use this same feature for birthday’s and anniversaries you want to remember. When you create events, be sure to set a reminder — I use 30 minutes as a reminder for appointments, but one week for an out -of-town birthday which give me time to pick up a card and mail it to arrive before their birthday.

You can also invite people to your calendar events, and they can invite you to theirs. You can invite your husband to a party you both need to attend this weekend. You can invite him, and then pass off additional information such as: ‘I can’t pick up John from tennis on x date. Please be sure you arrive to pick him up by 6 p.m.”

Use your calendar to share the little snippets that you would share in a verbal conversation. I’m not suggesting you should replace talking to your husband or significant other, still share things with them, but also confirm the information through the calendar. This way, there’s not any room for someone not being where they need to be. We’ve all done it. Blissfully doing something when suddenly our phone rings or we jump up realizing we’re supposed to be somewhere else at that precise moment.

Share your Calendar

In order to invite others to your events, they don’t have to be using a Google Calendar. But, if they are, in addition to inviting others to your events to keep them informed or involved, you can also share your calendar with them. With a simple click, they’ll be able to view your calendar (you can choose which events you want to share — I prefer to share it all, that way there’s no chance of being double booked).

In order to view a calendar that’s been shared with you, you’ll need to select it from sidebar under the area which says “My calendars”. Click the small arrow next to that, and any of your calendar’s or ones shared with you will appear. This is also where you can create separate calendars if you’d like to color code your own evens/activities. You can create separate calendar for work activities versus personal ones. By assigning a color to each calendar, you can make your electronic calendar color coded just like you might do with your paper planner/calendar.

This is also the same area where you can share your calendar with others.  (For privacy issues – don’t make your calendars public – if you’re going to share them, share them only with specific people.)

Here’s an example:

 Example of Google Calendar

The different colors on here are for different calendars. You can quickly see by looking at the calendar, and the color, who is where when.

Google Calendar Tasks

Use Tasks to Organize your “To Do List”

Another neat feature in Google Calendar is the ability to create tasks. These can be found on the right hand side of the calendar. You can use them to remind you to do every day tasks or to remind you do pay bills, purchase gifts, etc. Whatever you would include on a paper list, you can create a task for. You can add due dates, reminders, notes, etc. The nice thing is when you check them off your task list, they get a nice big line through them. Talk about satisfaction!

Using Google Calendar is just like using any calendar – either paper or electronic. It’s a trial and error process to determine which features work best you and which ones don’t.

If you have tips on how to use an electronic calendar which isn’t covered here, please be sure to post them in the comments section.


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Purse Perfector is a Labor of Love

by Lyn Marsteller on August 27, 2014

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Kids of all ages are heading back to school. Notebooks, folders, books and organizers are all being checked off of shopping lists. Maybe today is your day to “head back to school” and put some organization into your own life as well. We’d love to help you get your handbag organized.

As the creator of Purse Perfector, I can share with you that from the first pattern and prototype to the product we now offer, this has been a labor of love for me. I wanted the Purse Perfector to not only be useful and functional, but well-constructed and made to last.

Using the Purse Perfector not only means you can find things quickly in your handbag, but that you can switch your handbag quickly and easily. If you still follow the rule to switch out your handbag after Labor Day, then you’ll love having your own Purse Pefector.

Through September 5, take 15% off your purchase by using code USAMADE at checkout.

Cheers, Lyn

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What are you buying Mom this year?

by Lyn Marsteller on May 1, 2014

May-2014-NLWhen it comes to buying the perfect gift for your Mom, the possibilities are endless. Should you get her flowers? Or maybe candy? How about something that she’ll use every day all year long?

The best gifts are the ones that keep on giving. By giving your Mom a Purse Perfector, every time she opens up her handbag, she’ll think of you.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 this year. To help you make this the year your Mom will remember for a long time, we’re giving you 25% off list prices. Use promo code MOM2014 at checkout through May 11.

This code isn’t just for shopping for Mom, either. Treat yourself or a special friend to a Purse Perfector. 

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Home Office Zones

by Lyn Marsteller on April 25, 2014

I’m pleased to have Lisa Woodruff as a guest blogger. Lisa brings a wealth of organizing knowledge to us. Her focus in this post is how to organize your home office.

Home Office Zones | Organize 365

Working from home creates flexibility, opportunity and chaos! Very often, the home office is also the HOME office. Family paperwork, photos and kids’ artwork mix with business proposals and deadlines.

Home Office Zones | Organize 365

And then your office looks like this. Flexibility in your schedule and work location make you a great home-based worker. So, let’s think outside the box with your office space, too.

Home Office Zones | Organize 365

The first step is to empty EVERYTHING out. Even the pile behind the door! Pitch liberally and relocate anything you can out of the office area.

Home Office Zones | Organize 365

Next, look at the bulk of what you have left and match the size of the pile to the size of the furniture you have to work with. In this office, most of the true business work was reduced to one file drawer and a computer. That left this 2 drawer lateral file completely open for family storage.

The hanging files on the right were perfect for storing the youngest child’s artwork and memories. But using boxes, the left side of the drawer was able to hold all the loose photos we found while organizing.

Home Office Zones | Organize 365

The bottom of the lateral file gave each of the other 2 children ample space for their memories, too.

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Lisa Woodruff shares her organizational tips, her entrepreneurial spirit and humor to encourage other moms on her blog www.Organize365.com,“Helping you organize your home and your home based business”. Lisa is a direct sales trainer and has helped hundreds of women successfully organize and monetize their businesses. Her podcast and training information is available at http://successfuldirectsales.com.

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No Stress Vacation Photos

by Lyn Marsteller on March 27, 2014

SLR type camera - wide Depth of FieldIt’s wonderful to have Jody Al-Saigh from Picture Perfect Organizing to be a guest blogger once again for us. Today she’s imparting some great tips on how to enjoy not only your next vacation, but all of the wonderful photos you’ll take while you’re away.

Just like other types of organizing, keeping up with your photos is an ongoing task. I recommend to clients to try to go through photos on a monthly basis. But vacation photos add a whole new element to this process. Sometimes we take hundreds of pictures in just one vacation. That’s when my clients say to me:

“Now what?!”

The good news is, with a little preparation, you can do some of your sorting and organizing as you take your photos, for instance, on a vacation.

Before you travel, label a series of large envelopes or manila folders with the date and location you will be each day/week. This will be a catch-all for any memorabilia you collect along the way – ticket stubs, brochures, postcards.

As you are taking photos at different locations, take a photo of a sign or another descriptive shot so you will know where you are in each photo. This will help you later if you choose to make albums and want to include descriptive captions. It’s also helpful if you visit a lot of places that look similar. Marble statues and ornate cathedrals begin to blur together once you are out of vacation mode!

At the end of the day, keep a journal or log of the day’s events, special people you met, or places you went. This can be in a small notebook you keep in your pocket or the notes app on your smartphone. On this log, you can also keep a running list of people in the pictures alongside the picture number from your camera.

When you get home, if you have prints made, label them immediately, even if you don’t have time to work with them yet. This will save you from stress and headache later – after all isn’t that why you took a vacation in the first place?!

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Ireland Musing this March

by Lyn Marsteller on March 18, 2014

Cliffs-of-MohrerLet’s celebrate St. Patrick’s day for a few more days this year, shall we? I’ve extended my offer for 25% until March 23, 2014 with code IRISHEYES.  Click here for available Purse Perfectors.

In 2012, I had the opportunity to visit Ireland’s famed west coast, meandering by car from Shannon airport to the village of Kenmare. After a hearty breakfast (memorably good oatmeal and almost orange yolks in my eggs over-easy), we shared the narrow roads with tour busses in the intermittent showers of “Irish sunshine.” Although we missed celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, we did enjoy beautiful vistas and charming characters.

These are a few of my favorite images caught while looking for wool and knitting mills that took us to Dingle peninsula, to the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Mohrer and ending in far-flung Leenane, home to a wonderful wool museum. Did you know that most of the wool sheared from the sheep is cut to help the health of the sheep and that it is exported to China and India for rugs?

And I finally got an answer to questions I’ve pondered in England, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland: what does the blue or red paint color on the sheep mean? Is there a difference in which color is used on which sheep? The fifth-generation owner of Kerry Woolen Mills divulged the big secret: color doesn’t matter. It means that the sheep has been inoculated for disease prevention.  

May all your travels lead you on beautiful paths, to interesting people and to answers to your questions.



P.S. – photos from my trip can be found on Pinterest.

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