Getting Organized In ‘09

December 28, 2008 • Magazine

Getting Organized In ‘09

Getting Organized In ‘09

Sat, 2008-12-27 06:00

Andra Naylor

If you enjoy cleaning out the refrigerator, love color coordinating your closet and think The Container Store is heaven, read on.

Each year, January 1st provides us with a fresh start to life, and the opportunity to make this year better than the last. One way to do that is by bringing order to your every day. I’ve selected some stylish accessories to help you in your pursuit of organization.

Daily Planners
Call them what you will – diaries, agendas, calendars – they are my sanity. I rely on Moleskine’s classic, hard-bound planners (I prefer the weekly view) to inspire how I spend my time (following in the footsteps of former Moleskine fans Van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway). Find a great selection of brands at, where you can choose from spunky Kate Spade personal agendas and Lett’s of London traditional leather calendars. Moleskine planners range from $14.95 – $21.95 at

Clutch Purse
If you read my column then you know I’m obsessed with envelope-esque clutches. My latest find is a 3.1 Phillip Lim oversized clutch in crinkled patent leather. Not only can it serve as a statement-making going-out purse, but can also be a wallet-like insert for your carry-all. If you don’t want to lug your handbag to a lunch, for example, just grab your little clutch ($375 at

Carry-all Handbag
If there’s one thing that can prepare you for the new year, it’s a new carry-all tote like Marc Jacobs’ double quilted “Casey”. With rolled leather handles and golden brass hardware, this is one serious handbag. Large enough to carry your daily planner, clutch purse and more, you won’t be able to leave home without it ($1,295 at

Cosmetic Travel Case
Makeup bags get messy quickly and you can only tidy them so much. Start the new year out fresh with a new makeup bag perfect for home and travel. I would choose the “trousee mademoiselle” by textile agency Robert le Heros. Constructed of coated cotton and a linen blend, each unique bag is cut from a different textile. $34 at

What’s a new year without a new suitcase to go with you on all your adventures? Luggage is an investment so choose wisely. I’m a big fan of Kenneth Cole luggage; they’re extremely durable and can easily be found on sale. I like the casual nylon version ($250) and the burgundy extra-light upright suitcase (on sale for $120; both at

1. Moleskine Planners
2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Medwin Oversized Clutch
3. Robert le Heros Trousse Mademoiselle
4. Marc Jacobs Collection Casey Double Quilted Tote
5. Kenneth Cole New York 21-in Wheeled Upright
6. Kenneth Cole Reaction Lite Altitude – Guiding Lite

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