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Our Top Picks for Fun, Unique Wallets

We all need something to put our money, change, and credit cards in, but your wallet doesn’t have to be boring. We wanted to share some different kinds of fun, functional, and unique wallets we found.

If you’re a couponing type of gal, then this wallet might be just up you aisle. Savvycents ($28) markets to the fashionably frugal. This is a very nicely styled and good looking patent leather wallet. Savvycents was created by a woman who wanted her wallet to do things she couldn’t find in other wallets, so she made her own. (Hmmm….this sounds familiar!)

The wallet has an accordion-style file system with five sections inside that can be used to separate money, coupons, receipts, or anything else you’d like to carry but want organized. You even get file cards to label the different sections. The wallet also has a coin pocket on the back, a place for credit cards, your license, and your checkbook. This wallet does it all — a place for everything and everything in its place.

Unique or vegan might be more your style. But you don’t want to sacrifice quality or beauty in the process. Well,  you’re in luck. We found this little gem of a shop on Etsy. Cotton Purr makes some wonderful looking wallets which are also perfectly functional. The compartments and sections you’d expect in a wallet can all be found here.

All of the wallets are made from cotton and are made to order. In fact, you can build your own wallet by choosing which fabrics you’d like to have used. JoJo, who owns Cotton Purr, has received excellent feedback from her customers who rave about their new wallets. Price varies depending on what you choose – the style shown here is $48.

If you gravitate toward true works of art and want a leather wallet, look no further than Anuschka. This family-run business takes unemployed and economically challenged young adults and teaches them to paint the works of art found on Anuschka items.

This clutch wallet has four full-length slit pockets, two full-length zip pockets, 12 card slots, an ID window, a gusset compartment, and a zippered and slit outer pocket combo.

This wallet will surely last you for many years to come and complimented with every use. The one shown here retails for $114.

Our final two selections are a bit more on the fun side……

Milkmuny makes not only a fun and unique wallet, but boy-oh-boy is it creative. Milkmuny takes used milk and juice cartons and repurposes them into these clever little wallets.

The wallets are 3″ x 4″, have four card-sized accordion pockets; have a tough Velcro closure; are made in the USA; have a 45-day warranty; and are nearly waterproof. You get to have something fun and assuredly something unique for just $10. (Think ahead to the holiday season and buy in bulk — what a cute stocking stuffer.)

 

If you’re a crafty person and like to throw a fun party for your girlfriends, then do we have an idea for you. Chill a few bottles of wine, stop by your local craft store, and stock up on Duck Tape®. Yes, that’s right, Duck Tape; and get ready to have some fun! Don’t let this image we used sway you against this, you can make cheetah print, tie dye, checkered, and on and on — the possibilities are just about endless.

Duck Tape wallets are an absolute blast to make, and so simple, too! Watch this video to learn how. Maybe you wouldn’t want to use this for yourself, but you probably know of a child or even a teenager who would be thrilled and delighted with this super cool and definitely unique wallet.

You pull your wallet out of your handbag at least once a day and sometimes ten times in a day. Knowing you have to look at it, why not make it fun and get the job done at the same time? We hope you’ve enjoyed our choices of wallets.  If you have the perfect wallet, be sure to share with us in the comments section.

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To Do or Not to Do: 3 Online Task-Managers to Try

To-do lists: They help us stay organized and remember important things in our own life and in the lives of friends and family.

Creating paper lists can be helpful, but then what happens when you lose that crucial piece of paper? This has happened to us so frequently we’ve decided there must be a better solution out there. We did some digging around and decided to share what we found.

We’re going to look at online to-do lists that also have companion mobile apps. Being constantly on the move means the one thing we’ll hopefully not forget when leaving home is our phone. (Don’t you feel so out of sorts when you do forget it?)

Ta-da Lists is perhaps the simplest program available. It’s a program that can create to do lists and nothing more. It has little check boxes that you check off when a task is completed (such a satisfying thing!). You can create multiple lists and you can share them with friends. We thought this would be a good thing for planning a party or event with a friend – this way you won’t end up with lots of plates and napkins but no cake on the big day.  Ta-da Lists is free and has a mobile app for the iPhone.

Remember the Milk has lots of features and because you can access this from any smart phone, it’s probably more universal. One feature we really liked is adding to your task list directly from your phone or any computer. All you need to do is send yourself an email and it will automatically be added to your list.

You can also organize your tasks by location. Quickly map out the most efficient way to get all of your errands done and get on to more fun things! If you like to include notes with your to do items, this application allows you to do that as well.  Finally, if you have things you want to have on your to do list every week or every month, you can set any task up to repeat as often as you’d like.

 What we liked about Toodledo is the ability to prioritize tasks and include goals. How you create your lists and how they look is determined by you – it’s very flexible and customizable. Like Ta-da,  you can share your list with others for things you’re working on together with  your friends or family members. You can access your lists on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry cell phone. Using Toodledo is free.

There are many many more choices available. We’ve tried to limit the list to ones with a proven track record and ease of use.

How do you organize your tasks? Do you use a program we haven’t listed above? Please share your thoughts and comments with us.

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6 Smart Ideas for Organized Packing

Whether you’re packing for a long summer vacation or a short business trip, we think travel always goes more smoothly when you’re organized. That’s why we’re sharing some of our favorite tips from around the web to help you stay organized on the road.

Itinerary cheatsheet

Fodor’s suggests you make an itinerary and print two copies out for your trip (plus additional copies if you’re traveling with a spouse or friend). A simple double-sided one-pager can do the trick. Keep your cheatsheet in your purse or daypack, and have it at the ready.

Mini first-aid and sewing kits

As The Container Store points out, it’s good to be prepared for the unexpected, but you don’t need to bring along the entire medicine cabinet to remedy the situation (or buy large quantities at the drugstore along your journey). Equip yourself with a small first-aid kit, along with a travel-sized sewing kit. They just might come in handy (and they don’t take up much room).

Leaky items in the bag

Anyone who’s had a shampoo bottle contaminate their whole suitcase knows to separate leaky stuff from your clothes and other items. That’s why MomAdvice.com suggests you fill zippered plastic bags with your shampoos, lotions, and anything else that might leak or spill.

Charge on the go

Busy travelers like you don’t have time to look for a wall outlet and wait for your smartphone to charge, right? The Atlanta Post‘s tech blogger recommends the Powermat Dual 1850 backup battery, which is about the size of a hockey puck, and when fully charged, can power your iPod or smartphone back up to almost 100% before its own power is drained.

Snack smart and light

You don’t have to rely on unhealthy fast food or overpriced airplane snacks. Carry a small, collapsing insulated bag and include a selection of healthy snacks, says Cynthia Ewer, editor of Organized Home.

Clothes that multitask

How many shoes and outfits can you squeeze into that suitcase? Make every item count with clothes and shoes that won’t need to be ironed, can be mixed and matched, and will stand up to a few days’ wearing without needing to be washed, advises BellaOnline’s Organization Editor Emily Wilska. She also recommends choosing shoes that transition well between the various activities you’ll be doing.

One organizer for your essentials

No matter what you decide to bring on your trip, the Purse Perfector will help keep it all organized and right at your fingertips. In fact, that’s how this handbag organizer came to be. Frequent traveler Lyn Marsteller engineered the Purse Perfector so she could change its configuration to accommodate a backpack, a small bag, a briefcase, or the rolling tote she takes on board planes.

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Changing Seasons with Purse Perfector

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.

To learn more visit www.putclutterinitsplace.com to find out how YOU can put clutter in its place!

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Purse Perfector profile in Cincinnati Business Courier

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.

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Have it All at Your Fingertips, Everywhere You Go

When the Purse Perfector is already part of your daily purse routine, you know where your normal crucial companions like your wallet, sunglasses and lipLarge Black with Silver Purse Perfector insert gloss are located.  Without switching anything, you can easily slide your passport into the middle compartment and your hotel key card into the back outside pocket for easy access.  During the travel itself here are 5 tips to simplify travel stress by using your Purse Perfector:

  1. Load your Purse Perfector with your daily essentials and return those items to the same place each time.  It makes finding your items by touch so much faster.
  2. While traveling, “zone” your liquids (lip gloss, hand sanitizer, etc.) in the same area so you can remove quickly and easily to go through airline security areas.
  3. 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.
  4. Unzip 2 sides of the Purse Perfector and slide it into the front pocket of your rolling travel tote.  Remove the liquids for airline travel and roll onto the plane without juggling a purse too.  Pack an unstructured purse into your rolling tote and you will be ready to “reload” your purse when you reach your destination.
  5. For an active vacation, be sure to add small containers of first aid cream, band-aids, analgesics, or other medications into the shorter section.

Of course we can’t guarantee you’ll remember to pack your toothbrush, but at least you’ll remember your wallet to buy a new one in the airport…

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Another fab review!

Check out another great review for the Purse Perfector by the website: http://www.addspacetoyourlife.com

Kathi Burns, CPO and Author of How to Master Your Muck writes, “I was asked to test out a new product recently and I have to say – I love it. This entrepreneuer has designed a clever new way to clear the everyday muck from our handbags!…”

Read the whole article here:

http://www.addspacetoyourlife.com/2708/a-new-easy-way-to-organize-your-purse/