It’s easy to spend an entire day clicking through photos of gorgeous houses and apartments and finding decor inspiration, but what about when it comes to organizing? There are beautiful, clever ways to store your things that you may not have even thought of yet. From the simple use of space underneath furniture to entire walls dedicated to storing items and showing off books and decor, here are seven smart organization solutions from real homes that will leave you ready to tidy up and declutter your entire space.
Amanda and Mike’s IKEA-Hacked Playroom
Amanda and Mike hacked IKEA bookcases to make the sleek storage benches above in their son’s playroom. The result? Tons of seating, plenty of space to stow away things in bins, and an impeccably organized play space.
Farida’s Impressively Tidy At-Home Library
If Farida’s wall of bookcases doesn’t inspire you, we’re not sure what will—and not just because of all the books. The expertly organized bins on the bottom shelf and the top of the units balances out and makes great use of the space.
Courtney’s Smart Use of Storage Furniture
Courtney Quinn’s bright, artful apartment already looks tidy on first glance, but what we love most is her clever use of a coffee table that contains hidden storage space inside and folds out as a desk when she has work to do.
Jackie’s Cleverly Organized Studio Divider
With this IKEA Kallax shelving unit, Jackie not only gives herself a beautiful space to store and show off her things, she also smartly divides up her studio to give herself a more private bedroom area.
Stephanie’s Enviably Neat Closet Space
Blogger Stephanie Sterjovski’s combination closet/office space—featuring open shelving for organizing and showing off bags and shoes as well as plenty of hanging space and drawers for tucking things out of sight—is the stuff of dreams. Click here to see the rest of the condo.
Shannon and Mike’s Simple Storage Solutions
It’s simple, but beautifully effective—Shannon and Mike took advantage of the space under their table (which also has storage options) by sliding in plain white bins that almost blend into the wall behind it. Hidden in plain sight!
Kate’s Beautifully Organized Makeup Collection
Blogger Kate La Vie’s apartment tour reveals an incredibly tidy vanity table (and a separate makeup collection) so organized, it’ll inspire you to revamp your own. The rest of her space is equally gorgeous and neat—seriously, even the plants look organized.