Get Inspired: Ideas from Beautifully Organized Homes

Making the most of a shallow recess in the wall by adding open and closed storage in Sharon & Chris' dining room. Note how the height of the shade and the bookshelves are equal.
January is all about fresh starts — a natural time to reflect and take action. Putting energy into improving organization and cleanliness at home has a ripple effect; bringing about positive changes and opportunities in our personal and professional lives as well. Even though we know it's good for us, a little inspiration never hurts…
A long line of wall hung cabinetry in a glossy white finish creates plenty of storage space as well as a convenient surface for both practical and decorative items in Gene & Heidi's home.
A plethora of organizational helpers in a single shot from Dana's home; a line of hooks at the front door, a basket to gather things that need to go upstairs eventually and a bench with different sized storage baskets below.
Kevin Sharkey's custom California Closet in his Manhattan apartment stores both clothing and bath linens. Not an inch is wasted in the design, which includes a row of drawers above the shirts and space for shoes below the pants.
Even this super shallow storage cabinet in Architect Ira Rakataksky's home its a visual treat. Keeping like-sized and shaped items together reduces the impression of clutter and makes things easier to locate as well as more visually attractive.
There is no denying that these creatively organized bookshelve in Tyke and Jon's home are just as beautiful as they are functional. The rainbow method of book organization may not appeal to every bibliophile but the look is striking and memorable. The mix of books and decorative items works especially well against the all white backdrop.
Stylist Emily Henderson fits the accouterments of her profession in at home in an attractive fashion - no need to hide her work away . A giant inspiration board adds a shot of color and almost functions as artwork while magazines are neatly organized in simple wooden boxes.
Super simple bedside tables suit the minimal style of Erin & Chris' renovated home. Shallow, wall hung and symmetrical, they provide only the well organized necessities, including matching reading lamps, and leave no room for clutter!

Images: 1. Jill Slater, 2. Gene Na, 3. Dana Miller, 4. Martha Stewart Living, 5. Thad Russell, 6. Laure Joliet, 7. Teri Lyn Fisher, 8. Kristin Lubbe