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The Many Uses of our Large Purse Perfector Purse Organizer

I had an interesting conversation last week with a few friends about the many ways they use their large Purse Perfector purse organizers. Of course, they use them in most of their purses, but they had other great ideas I want to share. One lady didn’t realize she could unzip her Purse Perfector to use only one half of the purse organizer in a small bag until I showed her my compact purse.Half M Black:Berry

Another shared that her mother used her Purse Perfector in the front of her walker in her retirement community and apartment. She then moves her purse organizer into a nylon bag when she goes out and that her items are always in the same place and easy to find.

Large Purse Perfector used for holding sewing tools
Large Purse Perfector used for holding sewing tools.

 

 

Kathy, my very talented sewing buddy, has two Purse Perfectors. She uses her large Purse Perfector to hold sewing supplies when she meets with friends to quilt or simply to move to another part of the house to do a little hand sewing. Don’t you love the tote she made for her Purse Perfector?

 

Large Navy with Silver with diapers and snacks

My friend Alicia was delighted to find that the center pocket of her Large Navy with Silver purse organizer neatly holds a couple of diapers! She uses another pocket for a few items for her son and still has room for her wallet, phone and lipstick and more.

 

Purse Perfector used for keeping biking supplies organized.
Purse Perfector used for keeping biking supplies organized.

Bobbi, the biking guru (she biked across America when she retired as an English teacher) had a few more thoughts. She stashes her wallet, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, snacks, lip gloss and other items in half of her Black with Berry purse organizer and places that in the small pouch strapped to her bike.

Purse Perfectors aren't just for purses! They can be easily transferred into a backpack for easy travel.
Purse Perfectors aren’t just for purses! They can be easily transferred into a backpack for easy travel.

 

 

Whether hiking in city or  in the mountains, you can easily manage camera gear, lip balm, sunglasses, note pads and whatever your daily needs might be. Professional organizer Janine feels she can outwit any pickpocket by cleverly tucking her Perfector in her backpack while commuting through New York City by subway, bus or trekking.

 

Many women have told me that they have a a solution for a long day either has taxi service for the family or on a driving trip. They take their purse organizer out of their purse and place it in the console of their car. Because of the tailored pockets and flat bottom of their Purse Perfector, they can easily switch it from the console back into their bag when they get out of the car. And they don’t forget their phone in the car after they pop the Perfector back in their bag!

I use a large Purse Perfector in my desk drawer for organizing glasses, i-cords, paper pads, Post-its, checkbooks, and additional office supplies.

Large Purse Perfector used in an office drawer to keep items in place and easily found.
Large Purse Perfector used in an office drawer to keep items in place and easily found.
Purse Perfector in a lingerie drawer to organize wallets, tapes and shoe aids.
Purse Perfector in a lingerie drawer to organize wallets, tapes and shoe aids.

And tucked into a lingerie drawer, I have a Black with Berry purse organizer to keep additional cosmetic bags, lingerie tape, i-cords (they’re everywhere, aren’t they?), glasses, shoe pads and other miscellaneous items to help me get dressed with flash and dash.

Do you have other ways you have found to manage your life with your Purse Perfector purse organizer?

Please post a photo of how you use your Purse Perfector to our Facebook or #HowDoYOUPerfectYourLife ? Pinterest board by November 25th and we will award the best idea with a Large Purse Perfector!

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Purse Perfector 15% Off! Treat yourself to an organized purse!

Why should kids get all the goodies at Halloween? Have you been waiting for the perfect time to turn your goody bag into an organized purse?

Enjoy 15% off your own Purse Perfector insert with our Halloween promotion.

Tame your shoulder boulder with this purse organizer that is made in California. For an organized bag, add your cosmetics, phone, e-reader, glasses, wallet and cards – or candy – to the 13 tailored pockets in two sections. Place the tall section of the Purse Perfector toward the back of your favorite purse and you will always be able to find what you need quickly and when you need it. You’ll save time by having a predictable place for everything you carry. Every day. In any purse.

Oh, and then move the purse organizer to your other favorite purse tomorrow!

Sometimes you might only want to carry a few items in a smaller bag. No problem! Just unzip the two sections and slip the shorter section into your clutch or purse. It’s like magic, but no incantations! Just a perfect purse every time.

This lightweight purse organizer is also machine washable (air dry), so it will save the inside of your handbags from cosmetic leaks and ink stains. A neat treat for your purses for many years to come.

Lg Silver at Royal Botanic GardensThis is no trick: Through Halloween, Saturday October 31, 2015, take 15% off with the promo code TREAT.

No matter whether you are heading to work, picking up kids after school, going to soccer or football games, or off for a bit of shopping or dinner and a movie, your new Purse Perfector insert will give you peace of mind. You will be able to get your phone and find your keys every day if you follow these quick tips:

  • Find a place for all of your items (see our suggestions in the diagram below);
  • Take out any extra items (how many toys do you really need to carry in your purse for your kids?)
  • When you take something out, always return it to the same place;
  • Occasionally when you take Purse Perfector out to change purses, remove extra items and receipts;
  • Repeat the steps above.

Enjoy this little Halloween delight and feel free to share our limited-time promotion code with your favorite ghouls with purses in need of organizing. Trick or treat!

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Purse Perfector demo diagram

 

 

 

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Changing Seasons and Purse Organization

It’s the time of the year when we clear our closets, swapping summer clothes, sandals and straw and light handbags for sweaters, layers, boots, and leather and suede purses. We wanted to share some tips from our colleagues at the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) in order to simplify the closet change and how to have your Purse Perfector purse organizer ready to move from a slouchy hobo to a divided handbag to a snazzy leather clutch.

Clothes

When hanging your winter clothes in your closet, turn the hook of the hanger backwards on the rod. After you wear that item, turn the hanger hook around. At the end of the season, you will be easily able to see what clothes you haven’t worn and should consign, donate or give to a friend.

Shoes and boots

If your suede boots or shoes have water spots or stains, get a suede brush (looks like a kitchen sponge with a soft and a scrubbing side) or sponge to softly rub the stains away. You can find these essential tools at your local shoe repair shop or the accessories area of a department or shoe store. After you have cleaned them or before you wear any new shoes, spray a little suede protector over the shoes to help resist spots.

Purse Organization

Start by taking your Purse Perfector insert out of your summer bag and literally clean the inside and outside of those bags. Determine if your collection of summer bags, totes and purses are worthy of another season with you. Pad the inside of each bag with crumpled tissue paper or clear plastic dry cleaner bags, using more tissue or bags between the bags and place in a storage box which can fit in your closet, cupboard or under your bed.

Now would be a good time to empty your Purse Perfector, clean out the tissue crumbs, errant mints, etc. and either spot clean or place in a laundry bag and toss in your washing machine on gentle. Air dry. Reload.

Since my winter handbags tend to be heavier than my summer purses, I take out my folding fan and a small tube of sunscreen and any other warm weather items. I also switch lipstick and gloss colors, but much of the rest stays the same.

Now that I have my Purse Perfector perfectly organized and my winter purses are ready to be used, I want to be sure to see all my bags so I can easily slip my Purse Perfector into any bag within seconds and be ready to go. Using 3M plastic hooks, I hang several of my purses on unused wall space in our closet. When I want to use one of those purses, I have a hook to bring them down and I’m ready to go.

Changing Seasons and Purse Organization

If I want to use a smaller handbag or a clutch, I simply unzip the two sections of my Purse Perfector™, rearrange a few items, use a small wallet and just use the short section to keep everything at my fingertips and in predictable order.

 

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Purse Organization - Large Navy with Silver Sage partially unzipped
Purse Organization – Large Navy with Silver Sage partially unzipped

 

Need to reorganize your purse for the new season? Check out our purse organizers!

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Back to School Organization Tips and Tricks

Back to school season is here and it’s time to get back into the swing of play dates, basketball games, school dances, and more. It’s exciting to start a new school year, but without the proper back to school organization, things can get rocky. It’s best to have a clear plan to get organized for going back to school.

So, here are back to school organization tips and tricks for parents, students, and teachers for staying organized for back to school:

Parents

Create a routine

Clearly defining and talking about a school routine is crucial for organization and a great school year. Create specific times and durations for sleep schedules, homework, packing lunches, etc.

Write out an agenda

Keep an agenda with you at all times to keep track of soccer games, track meets, choir concerts, and parent/teacher conferences. Without one, you’ll most likely be scatter brained and forgetful!

Do some home organizing

Before the school year starts, it’s a great idea to go through your children’s room with them and decide what to donate, keep, and store. Less clutter will keep everyone in the household sane.

Define a homework area and time

As I said above, it’s a good idea to create a specific time for homework to ensure it’s getting done. It’s also a good idea to define a homework area. This could be the dining room table, a home office, or your child’s desk. Just make sure the area is free from distractions (i.e. televisions, game consoles, and phones).

Students

Make sure to use a planner

Keeping a planner for all of your assignments will ensure you get your homework done and turned in on time. It’s also recommended to log any school activities so you don’t forget about them.

Keep a home file for each subject

We recommend keeping a file for each subject in a drawer or filer at home to keep important papers. You might not need it at school, but you’ll want to save it for later, just in case!

Keep your locker and/or desk clean

We recommend cleaning out your desk or locker weekly to reduce clutter. Get rid of any garbage, keep your books and supplies organized, and file away anything at home you don’t need at school, but might need later.

Stay focused on your homework

Homework isn’t always fun, so wouldn’t you like to get it done as efficiently as possible? When doing your homework, silence your phone, turn off the T.V. and focus on the task at hand. This will keep your mind clear and ensure your work is done correctly.

Teachers

Have a computer backup plan

Computer crashes happen and if it does happen, how would you get to your assignments? We recommend keeping important assignments on a flash drive, Google docs, etc. so that you could easily get them from another computer in the school.

File smartly

As a teacher, you may be teaching several subjects and classes, so keeping your files in order is important. Keep your files organized by subject, class, and student somewhere that is secure and convenient. Being a teacher, you most likely enjoy organization, so go ahead and color code those files – we know you want to!

Keep a five-minute daily clean routine

Help keep germs at bay and your classroom sparkling with the day use disinfectant wipes to scrub down these germy hot spots:

  • Desktops
  • Countertops
  • Light switches
  • Doorknobs
  • Keyboards
  • Cabinet handles
  • Drawer pulls
  • Faucets

And last, but not least, anything ANYONE can do to keep back to school organization in check – parent, student, or teacher – is to invest in a Purse Perfector Purse Organizer. Organzine all of your daily essentials into it and easily transfer it from bag to backpack to purse. On the go purse swapping has never been easier!

Purse Perfector Demo Diagram

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How to Keep Organized with a Purse Organizer

Large Black with Silver Purse Organizer

Whether your travels this summer include on a road trip, a nice long stay in the mountains, on the beach or long distance flights in exotic locales, a purse organizer can be a woman’s best everyday tool.

Did you know that the average woman carries a purse that weighs between 4 and 14 pounds?

So, unless carrying a heavy purse is part of your workout regime, here are some of our best tips on how keep organized with a Purse Perfector purse organizer.

1) It’s okay to leave things behind.

A purse organizer can’t be too big or we’re tempted to take everything and it can’t be too small or something is left behind. With a Purse Perfector, you can decide which size to get based on whether you carry a long checkbook wallet (the Large was designed to hold that style wallet between the two sections) or a smaller wallet, which fits in the tall section of the Medium size.

2) Organize for Travel

Before traveling, empty your purse organizer and include only what you need: no local loyalty cards or discount coupons, dark lipsticks, work ID, parking pass or extra keys.

3) ONLY use your Purse Perfector Organizer

If you have a purse with organization pockets, ignore those pockets and put all your essentials in the purse organizer so nothing is left behind when you change bags.

4) Be sure to “zone” your items

Your wallet or your phone goes in the same pocket each time, all lip products or cosmetics in the same place, sunglasses and reading glasses each have a pocket, etc. With zoned purse organization, you have predictable order every time, in every bag.

5) Organize for Airline Security

Removing liquids for clearing airline security is easy when you always know where to look for your hand sanitizer, hand cream and other liquids.

6) Utilize the Different Sections

Don’t lose your purse organization just because you need a smaller purse – unzip your Purse Perfector entirely and use just the front section with your cosmetics, medications and a small wallet and slip into a small clutch or the front pocket of your travel tote.

7) Use soap and water for cleanup

A purse organizer should be able to handle small spills and either be spot cleaned with soap and water or use a stain remover pen. It’s better to have that lipstick smear or pen stain in your purse organizer that in your expensive handbag.

8) Keep your IDs and documents organized

Use one of the front flat pockets or the back pocket for your picture ID when going through airline security, replacing in your wallet after clearing security.

9) Use the back pocket for your hotel key card

With your phone in the shorter section, your phone won’t demagnetize your hotel key card and you can slip your key card out effortlessly to get into your room.

10 ) Use the Purse Perfector Purse Organizer in other areas

Because of the flat base of the Purse Perfector, many women report placing their Purse Perfector in the console area for easy access and pop it back into their purse at their destination.

Happy travels!

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10 Summer Favorites that Should Be in EVERY Purse Organizer

Summer is here and is in full swing! You’ll, no doubt, be going to numerous parties, cookouts, and family outings throughout the summer. We’ve put a list of 10 Summer Favorites that Should Be in EVERY Purse Perfector Purse Organizer to ensure a safe and healthy summer.

1) Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer has numerous usages, but we’re specifically thinking about using it at a cookout or gathering where food is involved. You may not have direct access to soap and water, so having hand sanitizer on hand in your purse organizer is a smart move!

What We Recommend: Bath and Body Works PocketBac Sanitizers 5 Pack “Fresh Picked” scents

Price: $6 for a 5 pack!

2) Blotting Paper

It’s hot outside and it’s only going to get hotter! Having some disposable blotting towels on hand will help remove shine from perspiration, dirt, and oil from the skin while unclogging pores for a clearer complexion.

What We Recommend: Sephora Lavender Blotting Papers

Price: $5

3) Mini First Aid Kit

Accidents happen, especially with little ones. Be prepared and proactive by investing in a mini first aid kit that includes the essentials for minor scraps and cuts.

What We Recommend: Walgreen’s Easy Care On The Go First Aid Kit

Kit Includes:

  • 5 Adhesive Plastic Banages 3/4″x3″

  • 5 Adhesive Bandage 1″x3″ Fabic

  • 1 Adhesive Knuckle Fabric Bandage

  • 1 Adhesive Fingertip Fabric Bandage

  • 1 Elbow/Knee Fabric Adhesive Bandage

  • 3 Antiseptic Towelette

  • 1 Triple Antibiotic Ointment

  • 2 Butterfly Wound Closure

  • 2 Insect Sting Relief Pad

Price: $2.49

4) iBuprofen

Unfortunately, daily life has it’s hassles and includes headaches, back pain, and muscle aches. Having iBuprofen handy is always a good idea.

What We Recommend: Travel Sized Advil Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer Coated Tablets

Price: $2.69

5) Zyrtec

With summer comes high pollen count and for most of us, endless sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes. We recommend keeping a small bottle of Zyrtec in your purse organizer to fight the daily battle of allergies.

What We Recommend: Zyrtec Allergy 10 Mg Tablets Easy Open “Blister” Pack

Price: $14.99

6) Epipens

EpiPens aren’t just for bee stings. They can be used in a number of situations where emergency treatment of allergic reactions is needed including insect stings (i.e. bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants) and biting insects (i.e. triatoma, mosquitoes), allergen immunotherapy, foods, drugs, diagnostic testing substances (i.e., radiocontrast media) and other allergens, as well as idiopathic anaphylaxis or exercise-induced anaphylaxis.

What We Recommend: Getting a prescription from your doctor is your first step, then we recommend registering your auto-injectors online to receive a complimentary carrying case for easy travel.

Price: Varies by insurance providers

7) Health Insurance Cards

It’s always a good idea to carry your family’s health insurance cards in case of emergencies.

What We Recommend: Cards are easy to keep with you and can be stored in the front pocket of your Purse Perfector purse organizer for easy access.

8) Sunscreen

Even being out in the sun for an hour without proper protection can give you a minor sunburn. Keeping a bottle of SPF Sunscreen with you will ensure proper protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

What We Recommend: Ulta’s Travel Size Suncare SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion

Price:$2.99

Special: Buy 1, get 1 at 50% off & special Free Gift with Purchase!

9) Manicure Set

You’re busy and on the go and don’t always have time to think about nail care. Keeping a travel manicure kit in your purse organizer can be helpful to the woman on the go!

What We Recommend: Adrienne Vittadini Studio 5-pc. Manicure Set at Kohl’s

Price: On sale for $9.99

Set Includes:

  • nail file

  • cuticle trimmer

  • tweezers

  • scissors

  • nail clipper

  • carrying case

10) Lip Balm

Lip balm is something most of us carry around in our purses, but is yours protecting you from the sun by including an SPF value? It should!

What We Recommend: Aquaphor Lip Repair & Protect

Price: $4.99

Need to invest in a Purse Perfector Purse Organizer to keep all of your favorite summer items organized? Enjoy 15% off your next purchase by using promo code USAMADE at checkout.

 

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A Guide to Purse Organization While Traveling

My Travels to Scotland and London

I recently returned from a two-week trip to Scotland and London. Our transportation included planes, trains, driving on the “wrong” side of the road, the London Underground subway and lots of rainy walks. Packing challenges included hiking shoes for walking in the Highlands to a black tie dinner at the former home of the Selfridges department store founder and a sunny day at Runnymede with the Queen, Prince William and the Princess Royal to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the basis of the US Constitution, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and over a third of the world’s legal systems.

This is the first in a series of how I use Purse Perfector during a trip that requires different purse organization on a daily basis. I’ll share travel tips and when I unzip or separate my purse organizer to get maximum use in any bag and never forget what I need in my day.

Travel Preparation

The preparation phase for purse organization for any trip starts with my Purse Perfector on the counter.

Overnight Purse Perfector

The tailored base of the purse organizer is sturdy and stable and allows me to evaluate what doesn’t need to take the trip with me. I take the smallest wallet I can, leaving all the specialty credit and loyalty cards at home. I usually a taxi wallet that can also fit in my pants pocket, an RFID credit card sleeve for only 2-3 credit cards (that don’t charge foreign exchange fees), a small coin purse, my passport and several photocopies of it. I place one copy in each suitcase, one in the front pocket of my purse organizer along with a copy of each family members passport.

Prepare for Take-Off

On the day of travel, I set up my travel purse organizer: take out all liquids for the plastic quart bag (not necessary if you have TSA Pre-Check): spot cleaning pen, hand sanitizer, most lip products, hand cream, etc. Now decide what needs to be added for the trip – folding travel toothbrush, chewing gum to alleviate ear pain, a small medication kit, earplugs and eye mask.

Because of the length and range of clothing needed for this trip, I had a checked suitcase with layers of causal clothes for the colder temperatures of Scotland and business, cocktail and more formal attire for the warmer, dressier part of our trip in London. Oh – and a variety of purse and bags!

I also use a small rolling carryon suitcase that contains my small mirrorless camera with additional lenses and filters, jewelry case, makeup, magnifying mirror, change of clothes (in the event my suitcase goes somewhere else), a few snacks, rain jacket and hat, comfy walking shoes and socks, and a lightweight nylon purse on top and ready to use with my purse organizer after we clear customs. Depending on the trip, I also have a hat for my husband and a small backpack.

My second carryon is a travel tote that includes my Purse Perfector which holds my Kindle, passport, glasses and sunglasses, pens, small notebook, iPhone, my wallets; the plastic bag with liquids; my overnight bag essentials: eye mask, noise canceling earplugs and/or headset, travel socks, magazines and other reading, paperwork in a plastic sleeve, iPad, knitting, pashmina to wrap around my shoulders.

In my experience, most European flights leave in the afternoon and arrive early in the morning, but our hotel room is usually not yet available. So I wear a couple of layers on top over pants and a pair of short boots. My Purse Perfector in the travel tote holds everything I need for overnight and I’m ready to place my liquids and creams back into my Purse Perfector and pop it into the nylon purse that was in my carryon. Depending on how much we want to do before we get back to the hotel, I change shoes, grab my camera and add it to my travel purse organizer. Another benefit of small wallets – my Sony NEX-6 camera fits in the large open pocket in the tall section that usually holds my wallet. Just to be sure I never miss a shot, I always add an extra memory card to one of the short flat pockets in the front of the purse organizer.

Upon Arrival

We arrived in Edinburg and picked up our rental car and headed north towards the lovely town of Fort Augustus beside Loch Ness. Within a few moments, I had transferred what I needed into my purse organizer, placed it in my purse, added my camera and was ready to go. We had a pleasant surprise when we took and exit that led us right into Birnam, the inspiration for many of the tales of Beatrix Potter. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at a small museum dedicated to her works.

Beatrix Potter Museum

On the Road Again

Back on the road, we exited the highway for the first of many alternating one and two lane roads winding through increasingly gorgeous countryside. There were so many shades of green and the bright yellow of mustard fields and Scotch Broom bushes and many black-faced sheep and frolicking lambs. It was so nice to have a second view of spring since ours had been winding down at home.

Lamb Conference

After checking into our hotel and getting our bearings, we walked to restaurant overlooking Loch Ness for dinner and had our first taste of fresh Scottish salmon – and haggis! Haggis, despite the bad reports we had always heard is very similar to scrapple or Goetta and was tasty. It was often on the menu for both breakfast and lunch.

It was almost 11 pm when the sunset and sunrise was about 4:30 am. We learned that some nights it barely gets dark at all.

Loch Ness at 10 PM

It was a sunny start to our morning and we wandered the town, checked out the locks of the canal before taking the boat tour of Loch Ness. We did not see Nessie, but did spot the very shy white goats that live on the high cliffs surrounding Loch Ness.

Our day brought us upon lambs scampering around a tree, bluebells, great vistas and a deer-stalker feeding deer he will never stalk. In fact, the deer wait for him to return to his home for food.

Blue Bells Deer Stalker

 

The next installment of A Guide to Purse Organization While Traveling: Castles, cattle, Isle of Skye and Edinburgh.

 

 

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What’s In Your Bag? A Guide to Purse Organization

Before and After a Purse Perfector Organizer

Let’s face it, ladies – it’s difficult to distinguish what is a “necessity” and a “want to have on hand” when it comes to purse organization.

“What should stay in and what should stay out of your purse? THAT is the question”

No, it’s not a line from Shakespeare, but it is a question that needs answered! So, let’s get to answering it!

What Goes In Your Purse

Obviously, the most important to have in your bag is lipstick – just kidding. The most important item in your purse is your wallet and/or change purse and all the contents that go in it; cash, credit and identification cards, and store loyalty cards.

Recommendation:

We recommend having a small to medium wallet (keep small loyalty cards on a key chain or use the free app KeyRing to scan the codes to your cell phone) that is easily transferable, doesn’t take up much space, and still has plenty of room for everything you need to keep in it.

Small. organized wallet

The second most used item in your handbag is usually your cosmetics, which many women choose to carry in cosmetic pouch for touch-ups on the go.

Recommendation:

Once again, we recommend getting a cosmetic pouch that is small, but carries your most important items. And speaking of “most important,” we recommend only packing what you will absolutely need when touching up.

Keep it simple and stick with your most-used items: a travel-sized perfume, a mirror or compact, ONE lipstick or gloss (a double-sider works great), perhaps blush and an eye and/or lip pencil.

You’ll also want to find a place for your cell phone, sunglasses, and/or reading or prescription lenses. It’s also a good idea to carry items such as medications, tissues, antibacterial lotion or wipes and bandages, just in case.

Recommendation:

Keep your miscellaneous supplies to a minimum: One pair of sunglasses with a small case, a small pad of paper and a pen, and a travel-sized medical kit.

What Should Stay Out of Your Purse

  • Full-size cosmetic bottles or tubes
  • Empty food packages and wrappers
  • The binky your 5-year old used years ago
  • Large hair brushes

How To Keep Your Purse Organized

Does your purse look like any of these?

Unorganized PurseCluttered PurseBefore a Purse Perfector

As purses have gotten larger, the need for internal organization is essential, especially when you’re a busy woman on-the-go. You’ve got a million things to do, a limited amount of time, and a purse that must assist you with the items necessary to carry out your day.

Recommendation:

If you’ve gotten nothing out of this blog, take this piece of advice with you: If you don’t have a purse with several organizational pockets and your purse is a mess, purchase a Purse Perfector purse organizer! You can easily organize all of your items in it and then transfer it from handbag to handbag! How easy is that!?

Before and After a Purse Perfector Organizer
Before and After a Purse Perfector Organizer
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A Caricature is Worth 1,000 Threads

Lyn Marsteller's Mother

This image of my mother was created at a party in the late 1950s. The hosts supplied various media and scrap paper (this piece of paper has notes from a garden club meeting on the other side). Painted in watercolors and crayon, my mother placed it in the discard pile when downsizing to move to a condo.

I “saved” this image, framed it and hung it over my sewing desk, where she has kept an amused and stylish eye on my miles and miles of stitches in both clothing and in creating the prototypes of the Purse Perfector. It was my mother and her mother who taught me to sew at age 5 and sewing has remained an art, a passion, and a fascination for me for decades.

In fact, it is because of my mother’s instruction and encouragement of my sewing that led to the creation of the Purse Perfector. Sewing had allowed me to create new clothes on my modest salary as a nonprofit development professional for decades, striving to apply the couture techniques I admired in designer clothing but could not afford.

When I made the first dozen prototypes of the Purse Perfector as a solution to the un-managed mess in every handbag I used while traveling in Europe in September 2001, my mother was eager to see my hand-tailored solution to purse organization, whether for use as a travel purse organizer or as a daily purse organizer in women’s handbags nationwide.

As one of my biggest cheerleaders for the success of Purse Perfector, she was thrilled when I received the utility patent for my invention (her father was an attorney, as is my husband). Unfortunately, my quest for an American manufacturer to produce my handbag organizer was not successful until two years after her death.

In 2009, my friend and sewing teacher Sandra Betzina, introduced me to a San Francisco-based manufacturer and within months, hundreds of friends, relatives and strangers were using this American-made purse organizer on a daily basis.

I’d have to say that a thread – a theme – runs through my life. My grandmother taught my mother to sew and they both taught me to sew, encouraging me to learn more. In turn, I met Sandra and continued to my interest in molding cloth and stitches into garments and ultimately, to construct the Purse Perfector.

My mother’s smiling image near my sewing machine always reminds me that it all starts with one stitch. And I’m grateful to have had those hands help guide my stitches.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Cheers,

Lyn