Call me a total freak of nature, but I can think of few things more satisfying than the clean sweep that comes with the end of the holiday season. Yes, it’s sad to see the Christmas tree go, but look at how spacious the living room looks now that it’s gone! For me, the sloughing away of holiday detritus (the dismantling of garland, the packing-up of ornaments, the eating of the last cookie) elicits a deep, carnal pleasure, not unlike the feeling one gets when popping bubble wrap or peeling dried Elmer’s glue from one’s hands. It’s like taking your entire life to a weekend-long spa retreat.
Okay — I may be alone in my frantic post-holiday-cleanup-mania, but there is no denying that there is something wonderful about getting back to basics after a season of surplus. To celebrate this out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new time of year, we’ve rounded up a few homes that exemplify clean living. From enviably organized apartments to ingeniously minimal houses, these picks will give you the jolt of inspiration you need to get organized in the New Year! —Max