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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 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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Our Latest Fan: “Life Is a Verb” Author Patti Digh

We had the good fortune to meet writer Patti Digh at the Type-A Parent blogging conference in Asheville, NC, where she was a keynote speaker and also signed copies of her latest book, Life Is a Verb. Patti expressed interest in trying a Purse Perfector to tame her messy handbag, and she was genuinely thrilled with the results. Take a look at Patti’s “on the spot” video review of her Purse Perfector:

And the feeling is mutual, Patti! We were just as taken with her book, which is both beautifully written and designed as a guide to “37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally.” If you’re not familiar with Patti’s work, you should visit her blog, 37days, where she explores finding meaning in the small things of life–and of living like you’re dying. Well worth reading, and revisiting.

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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 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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What I’ve learned in the past year

It’s been a fast, full year.

It started when my sewing teacher Sandra Betzina, introduced me to Seymour Jaron in San Francisco in March 2009. Seymour showed me that he could hand-tailor the Purse Perfector in America, my dream since 2001. I thought that my path would be clear, but I had so much to learn.

As a life-long sewer (and fabricaholic), I knew the type of durable, washable fabric I needed for the Purse Perfectors. Seymour helped me find a good manufacturer. Then came decisions on zippers and embroidery colors. How many units, which colors, what’s the best delivery system?

But learning how to build an online web-store was the most daunting task. What is SEO? Where do you get an SSL and why? That was just the beginning. And it doesn’t end once you go live. It’s been about 370 days since the website went up. There have been so many changes that it would be impossible to count them. But now I know what to ask for and perhaps how to shorten the learning curve. If only there was a comic book primer for entrepreneurs whose skills lie elsewhere.

Last year I didn’t know what NAPO was. Now I’m a huge fan and an associate member. Janine Sarna-Jones, a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), referred one of her NYC clients to my website. That sale led me to joining NAPO and attending their annual conference in Columbus, Ohio – only 2 hours away!

Working with NAPO members across the country has been a terrific experience. They have enthusiastically shared Purse Perfectors with their clients nationwide. I’ll be attending the NAPO San Francisco Bay area One Day conference in October and look forward to being with the thoughtful and energetic members in that great city.

The greatest education and joy I’ve had in the last year is how helpful people have been to get my sewing room creation out of my house and into your purse. Friends and mentors over the years have introduced me to others to get me to the next connection and the next. I am very blessed with the many people have led me to this day.

The power of women’s friendship is also part of what I’ve been able to witness this year. One example: a neighbor bought Purse Perfectors as gifts for her sisters. Her sister in Cary, North Carolina then had lunch with her friends and over 2 days, I received 5 orders from Cary. Women share the things we love and I’ve seen the power of that from Cincinnati to Cary, Billings to Annapolis, to NYC, Toronto and Milwaukee.

I’ve also updated my my geography skills: Purse Perfectors are in every state but Alaska, in many parts of Canada and in 16 other countries.

Transforming women’s lives, one purse at a time.

I don’t know what the next year will bring, but if it’s anything like the last year, I’ll welcome it with open arms. I just may try to sleep, exercise and sew a little more.

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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:

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:

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Testimonials from the PP Facebook Page:

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I thought I was organized until I got the Purse Perfector, and now I really am! I love it! -Meredith

The first time that I saw the Purse Perfector I said, “I wish I had invented it”! -John

I love my Purse Perfector!

Also, I gave my mother her pink one for her birthday Friday. It was a huge hit! She kept saying, “This is so clever…”.

Thanks so much! -Marsie

I love how I can zip the Purse Perfector apart to move it to a smaller evening bag! No more last minute scramble when rushing out the door! -Holly

This is the one I have! I *love* it! I have been telling people about it, showing it off, and referring them like crazy since I’ve gotten mine. It holds SO MUCH! I *love* the massive amounts of pockets! And its really pretty as well! 🙂 -Lauren