Clutter Busters

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Carla Jordan is a professional journalist and nationally published home design and lifestyle writer. Her work has appeared in well-regarded magazines, newspapers and websites like:, House Beautiful SIPs, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman's Day, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Modern Luxury and (Showtime Network). 
Live like this?
Or more like this? Dealing with all the stuff homes tend to accumulate can be a challenge for even the most well-intentioned person. The average American devotes 55 minutes a day (12 days per year, one year of life) looking for lost or misplaced items and spends 40% longer on housework because of clutter in their home. If that's you, Wood-Mode can help master your mess. We specialize in custom storage cabinetry for every room in your home, including the three spaces where clutter tends to creep in (and up) faster than you can say, "Now where did I put my keys?"  (Photo Credit: Better Homes & Gardens)  
1—The Doorway
After a busy day, it's tempting to unlock the door, stagger in and drop everything in a heap. Instead, show clutter the door.
In this Barrington, IL, home, Abruzzo Kitchen & Bath created a clutter control center filled with style and functionality. Bold graphic wallpaper, paired with Brookhaven Fremont cabinets in a Vintage Latte finish, gives this mudroom a chic contemporary feel. There's ample storage space beneath the sink and above the marble counter, which also doubles as a desk. Locker-style cubbies keep bulky items, like coats, shoes and backpacks up and off the floor, yet just a quick grab away for family members exiting the house.
This seaside cottage mudroom shows that good design isn't limited by size. One small, narrow wall was all that was needed to create this clever combination storage, seating, and display area from Brookhaven Edgemont Recessed doors in an Heirloom Lace finish. Beaded board molding and a Shaker peg board create surface interest while the Gossamer Blue wall adds colorful contrast in a classic cottage way.
2—Few rooms are trickier to keep tidy than the bathroom. Instead of throwing in the towel, try this.
This Brookhaven vanity with Soho doors in a Dark Twilight finish takes on clutter in smart ways. Six mini drawers sit atop the vanity, corralling items like make-up, cotton balls and hair curlers. The vanity features a range of tailored storage options like under sink pull-out trays and deep drawers with vertical dividers (for storing hair dryers and grooming tools of varying size).
In small bathrooms, every inch counts. This slender tower, crafted of Wood-Mode Vanguard MDF doors in a French Vanilla finish, transforms a sliver of space between the window and door into sky-high storage. Customized interior lighting also makes it is easy to see what you've put where.
3—The Closet
With each cast-off garment and pair of shoes, clutter multiplies until it seemingly takes on a life of its own. Here's how to stylishly stop it in its tracks.
If you have a large closet or can convert a spare, unused space into a dressing room (something many homeowners are doing), go all in. This elegant dressing room features Barcelona Raised cabinetry in an Esquire finish and is loaded with organization options, including multiple hanging rack sections, basket shelving and a spacious storage and display island.
There are also custom drawer organizers with removable acrylic jewelry trays that make it easy to locate accessories. Full-height pull out towers are ideal for shoes, belts and ties.
No matter where clutter has taken up residence in your home, Wood-Mode's custom approach to organization can help. Are you ready to put clutter in its place once and for all?