April 5, 2013

Duo takes 'organization' to a new level

By Sharon Rice, Editor, The Friday Flyer

Zia and Melinda Bossenmeyer show off some of the components of their award-winning "Organizables, Children's Clothes Organizers."

The entrepreneurial mother-daughter team of Melinda and Zia Bossenmeyer recently were awarded the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Award for their business product, "Organizables, Children's Clothes Organizers."

Their product was among many entries from across North America competing to earn the PTPA? Seal, awarded after independent parent volunteers evaluate products in their own homes to ensure that PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience ? not on commercial considerations.

The influential Seal of Approval from PTPA is bestowed on products targeting families, children or parents.

“We are so thrilled to win an award that acknowledges benefits to professional mothers, shared custody families and children by assisting in conquering the morning rush to get children out the door in the morning,” says Zia, the company's vice-president.

This was company's second national award. The International Housewares Association (IHA) selected Organizables as one of three national design awards winners in 2011. These accomplishments attest to the duo's ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit.

So where did Melinda and Zia get the idea for the colorful bags that allow kids to choose their daily wardrobe ahead of time so that clothing and accessories are in one place, ready to go at a moment's notice?

A single mother raising two kids and working as an elementary school principal, Melinda, in former years, had to be at school at 7 a.m., which meant the kids had to be up, dressed and out of the house by about 6:15.

"That meant no time for arguing about outfits or missing accessory components," says Zia.

Zia says her mom developed a modified system similar to Organizables when Zia and her sister Missy were young. Later, when Zia started working with her mom, they created a brightly colored, highly durable garment bag system that other others could use. Zia learned how practical the system was when she and her mom tested Organizables on Zia's nieces, Allie and Kaelyn.

"Living with two girls under age 6 gives you a great idea about the daily struggles mothers face," says Zia. “I’ve learned firsthand fighting over why they can’t wear Cinderella costume dresses to school; why they can’t wear skirts and dresses to school when it’s 50 degrees outside. I've heard the words, 'Auntie, I can't find matching socks' . . . 'Auntie, I need a belt, can you find it?'" Organizables definitely alleviated the fighting and time drains searching for things in the mornings."

The idea behind Organizables is simple: brightly colored hanging clothes bags easily organize a child's clothing for the week ahead. With five clothing bags labeled Monday through Friday, and two pockets for socks and accessories, the early morning rush of choosing what to wear and finding the accessories that go with it is eliminated.

Clothes remain neat, clean and wrinkle-free while protected from mildew and spills. Bags also are available for sports activities and weekend get-aways, for example, to visit grandparents.

About the creators

Zia says, when Canyon Lake was becoming a city 30 years ago, her mom had her eye on moving here. But it wasn't until 1995, when Zia turned 14 and was starting her freshman year of high school, the family finally made the move. She says it was Melinda's dream to live on the lake and eventually retire here. Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer now lives on Treasure Island. 

Zia started working for Melinda's other company, Peaceful Playgrounds, in 2006. What was meant to be a temporary position became a new passion for Zia to help kids and families. She says she decided to be groomed to continue in her mother’s footsteps and keep the company in the family.

Around 2010, Melinda purchased a building in Lake Elsinore from which to operate the company. It was the same year the two decided to start creating prototypes for what would soon be recognized as Organizables Children's Clothes Organizers. The new product line was launched into market on the HSN Home Shopping Network in August 2011.