ISSUE 102  |  True North

Gift Guide: For the Organizationally Challenged Friend

December 12, 2013 12:00 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

Is there anything more satisfying than an organized workspace? When the detritus of life is well tended, you feel you can conquer the world. This year, give the gift of order–or at least help a friend (or yourself) get started–with some of our favorite organizing accessories.  

To make sure we’ve got everyone on your list covered, we’re posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the Gift Guides to date in our archive.

Above: The Contemporary Home’s Felt Magazine Bag is a handy way to keep magazines in order and off your desk; £30 from UK purveyor Not on the High Street.

Above: Here’s an orderly, uniform place to stow paperclips, pens, and the contents of your pockets. Made from hornbeam wood and designed by FX Balléry for Y’a Pas Le Feu au Lac, Les Briques Lacquered are stackable and come in five colors; $45 per container from Neo-Utility.

 

Above: Our friends at New York architecture firm Front Studio, members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, find organization solutions in science lab supply catalogs. Carolina Beakers provide an inexpensive way to stow pens and pencils that you need to have on hand; a dozen 250 ml beakers is $31.50 from Carolina. Photograph by Front Studio. 

Above: Keep those rapidly proliferating earphones and technology cables from becoming a tangled mess with these vegetable-tanned leather Cable Organizers handmade in the Netherlands by Etsy sellers Rinearts Atelier; $15.55 for a pair.

Above: Made of maple and brass by UK design company Another Country,  the Another Desktop Series Two consists of a paper tray, note holder, and pencil holder. A tactile and visually stunning addition to any desktop, they’re £163 for the set. 

Above: If like me, you are constantly moving from home office to work office, Sarah’s Bags within Bags mobile filing system is an effective to organize your belongings while on the go. She first spotted the RTH Large Black Leather Snap Wallet at March in San Francisco, where wallets come in five sizes (the large is 9.75 inches by 7 inches and costs $120) and a myriad of colors. They can also be purchased directly from the RTH Shop; see our Shopper’s Diary: RTH Shop in Los Angeles.


 

Above: In our small house, the four members of my family “hot desk” on any available surfaces. To keep everyone’s laptop and accoutrements together, we each have a Small Canvas Storage Bag (white on white) from Lands End that I purchased several years ago (shown above is L.L. Bean’s version). I’m now coveting Lands End’s recently launched Denim Canvas Storage Bag, available in extra small to hamper size, $27.50 to $69.50.  

For more favorite organizational accessories, see all our posts on Baskets and Boxes