ELMHURST, Illinois - Designer Gary Ayala from Closet Works, located in Elmhurst, Illinois, entered this project, "Banish the Mess," in the 2017 Top Shelf Design Awards. A key feature of this design is the combination of the laundry and mudroom providing organization in a high-traffic area of the home.
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The mudroom/hall tree with convenient cubbies replaced a traditional back hall closet. The new organization system offers separate storage areas for each member of the family with room to store jackets, backpacks and shoes, plus plenty of space to sit down and put on footwear. Each cubby includes a shoe shelf and there is a drawer above the shoes to hold gloves and small items. A second vertical shoe cupboard to the side of the unit adds even more storage for footwear. The cabinet doors on the shoe cupboard are split to echo the horizontal lines of the hall tree. The split towards the top creates two separate doors for accessing different shelves, but they line up with the strong horizontal line created by the shelves directly below the upper cabinets on the hall tree. The lower cabinet door consists of two doors dowelled together to function as a single door. The horizontal break between the doors line up with the drawers/bench seating of the hall tree. Breaking the door of the shoe cupboard up in this manner provides visual continuity.
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