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?!


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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You Won’t Need to Find a Four Leaf Clover this Year

by Lyn Marsteller on March 11, 2014

StPatDayThe luck of the Irish is yours with a little help from all of us at Purse Perfector. Between now and March 17, 2014, use promo code IRISHEYES in order to receive 25% off the list price of our medium or large Purse Perfectors.

Remember as a child how you thought you’d be able to follow a rainbow to its end, and discover that pot of gold? I’m not sure the Purse Perfector will make that dream come true, but I do know it will give you the freedom to have everything you need from your handbag right at your fingertips. That’s worth a twinkle in your eye, and a skip to your step.

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.”

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Bring Peace to Your Home

by Lyn Marsteller on February 20, 2014

pp wordleOur days are almost always too full — we are constantly on the run with little time “to stop and smell the roses”.  It’s important to make purposeful decisions to keep your life just that, your life. That’s why I was pleased to read this recent blog post from a dear friend of mine, Laura, at I’m an Organizing Junkie. Laura gives us six steps to help us bring peace to our home.

Here’s an excerpt:

“My home makes me happy.  Not because I have a gorgeous large fancy house or anything (I really don’t) but simply because it’s home, it’s where my people are.  No matter where I’ve been, I always love coming home.  In fact I hate leaving most of the time.  My home is cozy and it comforts me.  It brings me peace.  And that’s what I want for you…a peaceful organized home (POH for short).”

You can read the rest of this blog post on Laura’s blog here.

My hope is for each of you to be able to create a home you enjoy coming home to every night. A place where you can walk through the door, smile and let out a sigh of pleasure.


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Make Valentine’s Day 2014 a Day to Remember All Year Long

by Lyn Marsteller on February 7, 2014

2014 valentineIt doesn’t take a psychic for us to see roses and candy in your near future. We believe that while roses are lovely, and candy certainly is sweet, Valentine’s Day can be oh so much more.

Make it a treat you’ll enjoy year round by taking matters into your own hands. Purchase a Purse Perfector between February 7 and Valentine’s Day, and we’ll give you 25% off the list price of either a medium or large Purse Perfector. Use code VALENTINE2014 at checkout, and be mine. 

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GO MONTHThe National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) proclaims January as “GO” month each year. That’s “get organized” for you and me. Sometimes the idea of getting organized can become so overwhelming that we take the high road and do nothing.  

This year, we’d like to help you get started by tackling something we believe you can simply and easily organize. It’s utterly and completely doable: your handbag. End January on a great note by not only clearing the clutter out your most used accessory, but by doing it with our help. Take 30% off our list price on both the medium and large Purse Perfectors. In addition, we’ve marked our outlet items down even more to 40% off list prices! Use code ORGANIZE2014 at checkout. If you need help getting started on how to organize your handbag, we have some posts on here that will help you: or

This offer runs from January 24 through January 31.



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Make Time Management Your New Years Goal

by Lyn Marsteller on January 3, 2014

Having a New Years Resolution makes you and anyone you share your resolution with groan. Setting goals instead of resolutions will make it possible for you to succeed. In this post, Bonnie Joy Dewkett, the Joyful Organizer, shares ten tips on how to better manage your time. If ten tips overwhelms you, break it down and adopt one new tip each month as we work our way through 2014. By the end of the year, you’ll feel more in control of not only your time, but your life.

By Bonnie Joy Dewkett

If you are a busy mom or the president of a company, managing your time is a critical skill that you need to master in order to be as successful as you want to be.

Here are some easy to implement tips that you can adopt in your daily life.

1.  Keep a time journal.  You don’t have to write things down every minute of every day.  However, it is important to really know how long you spend doing things.  It is also important to compare how long you think things take versus how large a piece of your day they actually consume.

2.  Say no to one thing.  Really evaluate what is important to you and only take on new tasks that meet your life and business goals.

3.  Don’t be afraid to walk away from things.  If a project hasn’t been profitable, or isn’t turing out how you had imagined, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, realize that the time you have invested is gone and that you have learned valuable lessons.  Then, walk away with your head held high!

4.  Plan your day.  Instead of simply doing what comes up during the course of the day, plan ahead and know what you need and want to accomplish.

5.  Make time for you.  There is no shame in scheduling time for self care, working out and spending time with friends.

Clock6.  Pick a priority and stick with it.  This may mean you do your hardest tasks first.  It may mean you do the most profitable things first.  However, you need to set some guidelines and then prioritize your tasks that way.

7.  Clean up at the end of the day.  Take ten to fifteen minutes at the end of your day to clean up your office, kitchen or emails.  Doing so gives you time to decompress from the day and allows you to come back to a clean work space the next day!

8.  If you have tasks on your list that have been sitting there for ages…there is probably a reason that you haven’t done them.  Many times we put off things we don’t know how to begin.  Stop and think about the smaller tasks that need to be completed in order to accomplish the larger task.  Then, schedule these smaller tasks on your schedule.  Keep appointments with yourself just like you would keep an appointment with your boss or doctor.

9.  Limit the number of distractions you allow.  While you can’t stop urgent matters from coming up or keep the kids from getting sick, you can schedule time each day to close the office door, stop answering the phone or turn off the internet.

10.  If there are tasks you can afford to outsource or tasks you should be delegating, do it!  Take the time necessary to train those around you to help you.  So often, people are thrilled to have more responsibility!

Time management is about learning what works for you.  It is a constantly changing process.  Being a good time manager is about paying attention to how you spend your time and realizing that it is up to you to take control of it.  Know that it is your most precious resource, and focusing on the here and now, instead of the future, can really help you accomplish more.

Bonnie Joy Dewkett is a Certified Professional Organizer® and Director of Communications for the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers. She also has her own professional organizing business, The Joyful Organizer®.

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Getting Organized Magazine’s Stacey Anderson

by Lyn Marsteller on November 25, 2013

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