Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Organized craft/school supplies

I've been organizing.  I've been organizing SCHOOL SUPPLIES!  Probably one of my single most favorite things to do.  I've been in a mad dash before the kids start school to get my office/kids' homework room/craft room/scrapbook room/blogging station in order.  Yes - I'm talking about one space. :)  I haven't shared my office on the blog yet because it has been in such disarray since we moved in.  It really is the busiest room in our house and most of the day you can find me or one of the kids (or all four of us) in it making a great big mess.  But slowly I am making progress!  One cupboard at at time.

Some of you might remember the craft cupboard we had in our previous house.  This was a bottom cabinet in my kitchen that I turned into a space for all of the kids' craft/school supplies.  It truly was one of the smartest organizing projects I did that year because it worked so well for us.  The kids used it every day and were able to easily keep it organized.  Bins were easy to pull out and use at the table and clean up was a breeze because everything had a place.  So when I designed my office for the new house, I knew I wanted a similar space to use for all of the kid's supplies.  

When you walk in my office and immediately look to the right there are some tall cabinets up against the wall.  After hours of purging, sorting, organizing, and labeling (my favorite part!) here is what the inside of these cabinets look like now...

Ahhhh.  The kids' supplies are organized.  My supplies are organized.  Peace is restored in my office.  

At least on the right side of the room.  :)

I wish I had taken a before shot.  When we moved in I just set random things in random cupboards.  
It was such a mess to sort through.  

I know it doesn't look like much, but the top of this cupboard is what took me the longest.  This is everything from the two years we spent building our new house.  I had SO much stuff to go through and a lot of it I tossed (such a good feeling!), but these are the things I wanted to keep.  Like the binder on the far left that is labeled "new house plans and designs" with all of our cabinet/built-in/room layouts and all of our design sketches.

These white file folders (Martha Stewart Collection) hold additional house sketches/plans and all of our paint selections.  

Above those I used two buckets from the dollar store (you might remember them from my mom's laundry room makeover!) to hold all of our paint books and additional design odds and ends like fabric swatches, etc.  So happy to have all of this consolidated in one place!  Now when you ask me where I got a certain light fixture or what color of paint is in a certain room I can find it in two seconds!  If I don't have the information somewhere in this top cupboard you are out of luck because my brain just isn't big enough to hold all of those details and even if it could, it secretly wants to block them all out.  ;)  

 Moving on to the bottom section!  I designed this cupboard for the kids.  All of my cabinets have adjustable shelves so I can move them around in a way that works best for us.  Everything is low so the kids can reach - all of their "supplies" are in one place.  Paper is on top (divided by plain white, lined, and colored card stock).

The bottom holds all of their coloring/work books.  I've had these cheap cardboard file folders for years!  They are from my teaching days.  I debated covering them in some stylish wrapping paper but decided the bright colors were fun for the kids.  Maybe I'll still cover them someday if I get really ambitious but that is a low priority at this point.  :)  I gave Ellie and Addison two each because they have so many books.  Kole has one and then one extra for miscellaneous notepads, workbooks etc. that they all use.

Putting them in file folders keeps this area nice and neat and makes it easy for my kids to locate their own things.  I originally had everything just lined up and I knew it would be a mess in no time.  Organizing projects are only successful if they are easy to keep that way! 

Next I went to town labeling craft/school supplies!  (#everythingisbetterwithalabel)

The top two boxes are mine - labels and clothespins.  

When you are labeling a box of labels you recognize you may have a problem.  This is the part of my post when my mom usually calls and tells me there is medicine out there for people like me.

{Time out to share my all time favorite quote}

As. They. Should. Be.  



Regardless of my mental state, my labels are happy in their home and easy for me to access when I tackle my next project.  {Mom, I know you love me, but at this point I think we can both agree it's a lost cause.}

 The rest of the bins are all things the kids use when they get their creative messes juices going.  Which for my two girls is a daily occurrence.  

I didn't photograph everything but here is a peek inside a few of the bins.  
So nice to have everything in one easy to find spot!

Just like with our original craft cupboard, the kids can take their bins to the table, make a big old mess, and then easily put everything back where it belongs.

  If it isn't broke, don't fix it.  

So happy to have our old system set up in the new house.  


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mudroom key holder

Sharing a new addition to our mudroom today!  My DIY key holder!  K.  Technically I probably shouldn't call this a DIY project since #1 - I didn't make anything and #2 - I wasn't the one who did the DIYing.  But since I bought it and had the vision, I'm rolling with it.  That's right.  Queen of DIY right here.  

I found this beat up numbered board for 13 bucks at Home Goods.  I immediately fell in love with it because of its rustic look and because the 1 2 3 spoke to me since I have three kiddos.  (Give me a chance to be sappy and I'll take it.)  It didn't have hooks on it - just the holes where hooks once were.  I went to a local hardware store and found some hooks that had two screws in each to match what it looked like used to be attached.

When I was in Utah organizing my parent's laundry room my dad attached the hooks for me.  I guess my dad's the King of DIY.  Do I still get to at least be a princess?  ;)

Like I said, it's a bit scratched and marked up but I think that's part of its charm.  I like a bit of old (or at least old looking!) mixed in with new.  

 I also love the way the black numbers go with the black dutch door and hardware in this room.  

Not to mention the fact that now we have a place to hang our keys!  Which is perfect since my husband loses his keys at least 4 times a day.  Sometimes he even loses them in my purse.  When I accidentally put them there.  

Ok.  We both have a problem misplacing keys.  

But not anymore!  Our mudroom is right off of our garage so we can immediately hang our keys when we walk in from the garage OR the front porch.  

No more excuses.

Hear that babe?  

What would you do without me?


Wonder what I'll DIY up next? 

Only time will tell... 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!  YEA!  Weekend is here.  Although in the summer time it sort of feels like all week is one looong drawn out weekend.  But at least on Saturday and Sunday my husband is home and I have back up support around here.  :)  Sharing a few of my latest favorite things!  Like this Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener.  Love this stuff.  You put it under your eyes before concealer and it takes away those dark circles/bags.  (I have awful circles under my eyes because I stay up way too late blogging.)  :)  You can get it on-line but might want to go to a department store to try the different shades.  I wear the Light Bisque 2 so if you have fair skin that's a good shade to try.  (You can see all of my favorite make-up here.)

Love this yellow Nate Berkus frame I found at Target.  
Also love Nate Berkus.  He can be a favorite thing too, right?  :)

Have you all read this book?  It is DARLING!  Oh my word.  So funny.  The Day the Crayons Quit has got to be one of my favorite children's books I've read this year.  It's hilarious and fun for all ages.  I laughed out loud through the whole thing.  The crayons have all had enough.  Blue is tired of only coloring in large bodies of water, orange and yellow are in a fight because they each believe they are the true color of the sun.  It goes on and on.  All of my kids loved it and Kole kept saying "read it again!"  So so good.  

And speaking of books - this is another book I can't put down.  Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor.  I bought it at West Elm and then realized I could have saved some money by getting it through Amazon so don't make my same mistake!  But such a fun book!  All about embracing color in your home.  It immediately spoke to me because after finally getting some of our more neutral big pieces of furniture I'm ready to play with color in my house!  Here is a peek at a few of the pages...

This is Will's house.  Isn't it happy!?

So much fun right!?  Will has a blog all about COLOR and wrote this book with some of his best tips.  I have loved flipping through it and feeling inspired to bring more color into my home.  

A favorite staple for my wardrobe this summer has been these beautiful coral earrings from Banana Republic.

They are a bit heavy so I usually only wear them when I'm going somewhere for a few hours, but they are so pretty and work with a lot of my outfits.  I usually don't spend much on jewelry and these were a little pricey, but they ended up being worth it because I wear them so much.  I couldn't find the coral pair on-line but they have them on sale in mint and I love that color too!  May have to snag a second pair.

Since we're talking Fashion I'll also share my favorite summer dress.  I found this on sale at the Tommy Hilfiger outlet store and I've loved it!  It's a simple t-shirt button down dress and I like that I can dress it up with heels and jewelry or wear it with flip flops for a casual every day look.  It's lightweight so it has been nice and cool for summer.  Shoes are the Michael Kors Giovanna wedge.  They are also favorites.  This is my third summer with them and they are still in great shape.  

Works for hanging out with these three monkeys.  

They are favorites too.  

Right up there with Nate Berkus.  


Happy weekend everyone!  

Hair Tutorial (sharing a past post!)

Hi friends!  I've had several people ask me on Instagram (erin_sunnysideup) how I style my hair and if I would do a tutorial.  I actually did a tutorial three years ago!  It's a bit outdated and totally embarrassing but I'm going to share the link because I still do my hair basically the same way when I curl it now.  I've cut it short and had styles in-between but I just keep coming back to this look because I live in a really humid climate and have naturally curly hair so this style allows me to spend about 5 minutes a day on my hair which is all the time I have!  Whenever I visit dryer climates I love to do it straight because it actually stays straight.  Anyway - I'll have to do an updated video at some point because I don't curl the ends anymore (gives it more of a loose beachy look) and because I acted so stupid during this tutorial.  My friends saw it and thought I didn't even sound like myself!  So serious and all business.  I was nervous.  :)  Anyway - you can go here to check it out.  I hope embarrassing myself helps you get the curls you're after.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Let it go (house pics and summer thoughts)

This summer has flown by in the blink of an eye.  So much going on and I've had no time to blog about it all.  I always start the day with the best intentions for my blog.  I really do.  I always have grand plans of everything I want to share with you all.  I take a million pictures and create a million posts in my head.

And then the pictures sit on my computer.

And the posts sit in my head.  :)

Kind of like these Ficus trees that sat in our front yard for weeks. 

Right along with these Camphors and Sycamores.  Are you impressed with my tree knowledge?  I have a post in my head all about my latest tree knowledge.  (You're glad I haven't had time for that one.)  

I have posts in my head about our latest backyard changes and additions.  

And about Kole's love of my camera.  

I have pics waiting to be edited of our stairs...

and of our formal living room...

and of our master bathroom...

I have pictures taken and posts in my head all about organizing my playroom, office, girls' closets, and pantry.  Decorating my family room and girls' rooms and on and on..

But something keeps getting in the way of my blog time.  

Actually three somethings.  :)

And they come first.  

Before the organizing and the decorating and the blogging.  Before the exercising and the cleaning and more often than I'd like to admit... before the showering.  

While I love summer, sometimes it's hard for me to let things go.  To see my house a mess and projects undone and pictures sitting on the computer.  And to have too many posts swimming around in my head.

But then I spend the day with these three.  I laugh with my girls and get constant cheek kisses from Kole.  And I remind myself that there will be a day when I don't have another summer with them at home.  I'll have more time to decorate and organize and clean and blog and certainly more time to shower.  Time to accomplish goals and to enjoy hobbies. And I'll miss today.  I'll miss the laughs and the cheek kisses and deep down.. I'll even miss the chaos.  Really deep down.  :)  When I remind myself of this it's suddenly a lot easier to let things go.

Besides, no matter how messy my house gets...

 it's a lot cleaner than it was last summer.