From a chic outfit to an eloquent thank you note, the key to looking effortless is to be organized and stay on track. “Today” contributor Bobbie Thomas, style expert and co-host of “Fashion Police,” offers some ideas to make your life a little easier and help you follow through on your resolutions.
Reinvent your style Stuck in a rut? Don’t wait for spring to clean out your closet! Winter’s hibernation is the perfect time to assess what you’re not wearing and restore order from chaos. Fall in love with your favorite pieces again, expand space in your closet and corral the clutter with accessories from the Container Store. The classic peg tie rack can do double duty, storing items such as scarves and belts, while a tie caddy can roll everything up for tucking neatly into drawers. Shoes, hats and other small items can fall in step with hanging pockets and shelves, or add a few extra feet for hanging items with an expandable closet rod. ($4-$23, www.thecontainerstore.com)
Jewelry adds an extra touch to your look, but it can also create a beautiful display in your home. In order to wear what you have, you must first see what you own. Don’t hide your brilliant baubles in a drawer or box, use jewelry stands to remind you of your most precious pieces. Vilmain’s iron racks give you an “at-a-glance” look ($39-$150, Elements: 520-733-3399), while collectible dress forms will also showcase what you have and become heirlooms of their own. ($68, The Consignment Shop: 781-631-4700; www.alldressforms.com)
Technology is an accessory you can work with. Why not cover your assets with a chic carrying case? Blue Tree offers luxe leather Blackberry cases that also serve as business card carriers ($131, Blue Tree: 212-369-2583), and Aneta Genova’s line will harness cell phones, iPods and cameras ($69-$150, www.AnetaGenova.com). P.S.: If you're still a die-hard traditional calendar girl, forget the freebies from the bank or local cleaners and pick up one from Pulp Factory. The themed calendars come complete with stickers to help you keep tabs on important dates. ($30, www.pulpfactory.com)
Time is moneyThe clock is ticking — so make the most of every moment! If you’ve resolved to stay on time or get in shape, these new tech tools can help shave time and keep you on track throughout the year. Put your morning coffee to work with the Time Mug, a dishwasher safe, travel-ready container that’ll keep beverages hot or cold while tracking time on the road ($28, www.shopintuition.com). Setting your sights on a stronger physique? The Biotrainer uses NASA innovation to monitor what your body burns as you go about everyday tasks, such as picking up the kids and walking at work. You may not have to work as hard as you think! ($50, www.biotrainer.info)
Picture perfect ways to keep in touchStylish people always remember the details. Express yourself using more than words with Designer Her Gals, and give correspondence that personal touch. The clever cyber site brings back memories of a favorite childhood pastime, letting you personalize stationary with electronic paper dolls. Construct a sassy illustration of your likeness for memo pads, calling cards, invites, and thank you notes. Hey, it's a new year, why not create a new you? ($45-$65, www.DesignerGals.com)
And although another holiday season is behind us, you can enjoy the memories all year long with the modern heirloom of the millennium, the PictureBook from Brookstone. This digital photo album stores up to 10,000 electronic snapshots to display and share with family and friends. It works with seven different types of memory cards and has an intuitive system that can categorize photos for quicker access — with no computer necessary! ($500, www.brookstone.com)
Carryall and catchall
For those of us who thought we were too big for backpacks, FUL is here to change your mind. Toss the stuffy briefcase, and — yes, ladies — even your “it” handbag for fashionable function that will do more for you than just impress. With internal organizers, MP3 pouches, DVD/CD holders and Neoprene laptop sleeves, FUL’s line of seriously stylish backpacks and business bags will work for you. ($40-$70, www.FUL.com)
And men, if you want to have your own piece of personal real estate that we’re not allowed to touch at home, claim a square of space on the kitchen counter or dresser top with the help of a valet! Red Envelope offers an array of great catchalls designed to capture keys, change, receipts and any loose accessories that normally land on the counter. ($45-$100, www.redenvelope.com)
Get on track!
Last but not least, a company that will help you organize everything — even your love life! From their practical Menu Organizers, DVD Library and Resolution Tracking System to their optimistic Find True Love poster and Dating Kit, Knock Knock enables you to tackle whatever you’ve resolved to do with a smile. Choose from an array of fun and resourceful items that aim to organize even the stickiest areas of your life. And if you’re still unsure about just what you need, their Therapy Flashcards or Pros and Cons Pad could help! ($4-$25, www.knockknock.biz)