It’s almost here. The time to take charge. The time to say to yourself, “I’m finally going to do this.”
Yes, September 6 is National Fight Procrastination Day. As an added, cruel twist of fate, the day falls on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend when we are supposed to focus on what we do—not what we don’t do.
It’s the occasion when people get a temporary shot of inspiration and start spewing famous quotes our mothers told us like “never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Or the stinging question, “do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing.”
So if procrastination is opportunity’s assassin, we better start dodging the bullets. It’s time to get around to recognizing this national day that I am certain was not created by slackers. I invite you – no, I challenge you – to list the top five things you have been avoiding and how you are going to tackle them. Five is manageable. If it were 10, you just may not get the ball rolling.
Five Organization Tasks I have been Avoiding
Here are mine:
Organize my handbags in my closet
Get fall purses ready
Use a Purse Perfector to sort supplies in my sewing basket
Organize my granddaughter’s Shopkins in a Purse Perfector
Figure out what Shopkins are
Obviously, I have a theme and it has to do with continuing to organize my life with Purse Perfector. What are your action items for National Fight Procrastination Day?
Well, my procrastination gene kicked in full-force and I wasn’t able to post this blog about National Fight Procrastination Day until the day after! I’ll be better next year…
It’s been just about two years since I started shipping Purse Perfectors from my sewing room in Cincinnati, Ohio, to people all over the world. Thousands of you in every state and 42 countries around the world now carry these made-in-the-USA purse organizers in your purses, handbags, briefcases, suitcases, diaper bags–you name it!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m truly grateful to every person who’s supported Purse Perfector from the very first pattern sketches to the successful, award-winning line of purse organizers it’s become today.
To celebrate and thank you, I’m giving away Purse Perfectors to three lucky fans.
Each of the three winners may select the Purse Perfector size and color of your choice. You can enter right here (be sure to get your name in the hat by Thanksgiving!):
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and be U.S. residents to be eligible.
Giveaway begins on 11/11/2011 and ends on 11/24/2011 at 12 p.m. (noon) ET.
All entries must be received by 12 p.m. (noon) ET on 11/24/2011.
A valid name, email address, and acceptance of Official Rules are required for entry. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
Three prizes will be awarded; one Purse Perfector purse organizer to three winners, selected at random. Approximate retail prize value is $54-59 each, based on winner’s choice of Purse Perfector size (Medium or Large).
The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
Winners will be selected and notified no later than 11/28/2011, via email address provided. Winners have 48 hours after notification is sent to claim their prize; otherwise, a new winner will be selected.
Prizes will be shipped to U.S. addresses only via USPS Priority Mail.
We reserve the right to obtain winners’ names via contest entry and the right to use their names and photos for promotional purposes.
It’s always fun to see the delighted reactions of women when they discover that the Purse Perfector was invented by a woman–not some corporate behemoth’s R&D department. Two weeks ago when we were at the Type-A Parent Conference in Asheville, NC, the bloggers who came up to our expo booth seemed genuinely excited to meet Lyn Marsteller, inventor of the Purse Perfector. Lots of them stopped to talk with her about how she came up with the original idea 10 years ago in her sewing room.
We thought it might be interesting to discover other handy products we know and love that were invented by women, and came across a great little site called Famous Women Inventors. The site features a few of the many women whose ingenuity helped to shape the world as we know it over the last couple of centuries.
Here are some of our favorite things invented by women:
Scotchgard™: This versatile fabric stain repellent and material protector came from the mind of 3M research chemist Patsy Sherman during the 1950s, whose original inspiration came from a lab mishap. “Keep your eyes and mind open, and don’t ignore something that doesn’t come out the way you expect it to,” Sherman said. “Just keep looking at the world with inventor’s eyes!”
Snugli® Carrier: Any parent who’s carried a baby in one of these adjustable baby carriers can thank Ann Moore. As a Peace Corps nurse stationed in Togo, West Africa, during the 1960s, Moore observed mothers walking around with their babies in fabric slings tied securely on their backs. When she came back to the US and had a child of her own, Moore adapted a simple backpack to carry her child close to her like the West African women. Eventually, she and her mother refined the pack and created the original soft baby carrier, the Snugli®, as well as other kinds of specialized carrying cases.
Waterproof diapers: Modern parents may take disposable diapers for granted. But Marion Donovan is the reason our babies can enjoy relatively dry diapers and remain rash-free–and we don’t have to launder endless loads of cloth diapers. In the 1950s, this housewife and mother of two came up with a fully disposable diaper prototype, for which she had to fashion a special type of paper that was not only strong and absorbent, but also conveyed liquid away from the baby’s skin. Incredibly, manufacturers didn’t buy her brilliant invention–and it wasn’t until 1961 that Victor Mills drew upon Donovan’s vision to create Pampers®.
Windshield wipers: The automobile may have been invented by men, but it took a woman to come up with the oh-so-practical windshield wipers. Mary Anderson‘s invention came about during a trip to New York City when the Alabama-born inventor noticed that streetcar drivers had to open the windows of their cars when it rained in order to see. As a solution, in 1903 Anderson patented a swinging arm device with a rubber blade that was operated by the driver from within the vehicle using a lever. It was also a woman inventor who first patented the automatic windshield wiper in 1917 (Charlotte Bridgwood’s “Storm Windshield Cleaner”).
You can learn more about these women and many other female inventors at Famous Women Inventors. Now it’s your turn: What is your favorite product or invention created by a woman?
All products and company names mentioned in this post are trademarks of their respective companies.
It’s the time of year when we shift our storage areas, clothes, coat closets and shoe racks from summer to fall and fall to winter. At Purse Perfector, we thought we’d ask a professional organizer, Wendy Taddeucci of La Porte, Indiana, how she would alter the contents of her Purse Perfector as the seasons change.
Simply Organized, LLC was launched in October of 2005 and provides Wendy the opportunity to work with clients to control their clutter and establish systems that save time and money. Wendy says that her goal is to have them, “know what they have and where to find it.”
Wendy agreed to share some of her Purse Perfector usage secrets with our blog when thinking about changing seasons. She stated that, “this summer I kept my Purse Perfector loaded with a small tube of sunscreen, which I have swapped out in favor of a tube of hand cream for the fall and winter. I don’t have to worry about the tube opening up or getting squished. It’s secure in the Purse Perfector.”
Wendy also says that she most enjoys her Purse Perfector because of “the ease of use! I loaded it up once and now I can swap out purses whenever I want. I just remove the Purse Perfector from my current purse and place it into my new purse. It’s so simple!”
Some more information about Wendy: She is an active member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers); she is a trained provider for NAPO in the Schools; she is a member of the NSGCD (National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization); and she has earned her Level II CD Specialist Certificate as well as her Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization.
Wendy has been featured on A & E’s Hoarders, WNDU Channel 16 News, as well as in print.
As my recent blog entry described, the last year has been a great education for me in getting the Purse Perfector out of my sewing room and into your purses and handbags. But a recent interview with Lucy May of the Cincinnati Business Courier, helped expand on those thoughts.