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Bring on the rain

Last week we had a few rainy days in our forecast…

I got the girls off to school (after we picked roses for their teachers), got Kole down for a nap, and decided my kitchen cupboards could use a little face lift.  Rain always makes me want to turn on some music, organize my kitchen, and just enjoy the coziness of home.

First I tackled the bottom kitchen cupboards.  These are all of the plastic bowls – the “safe zone” for my little one year old who loves to pull everything out.

Next I tackled my cupboard with all of the glass bowls.  Here’s a “before” of this cupboard.  Not awful, but definitely not as orderly as I like it to be.

 And the “after”.  Ahhh – much better! 
 The glass cupboard above is one of the “off limits” cupboards to Kole.  
Sorry buddy!  Not a safe place to play.

Then I slowly made my way up to the top cupboards.  I didn’t take a before of our plates and bowls, but it didn’t look too much different.  This one is easy to maintain.

My cleaning supply cupboard was starting to drive me crazy and was what initiated the organizing of my kitchen cupboards once again.

And the “after.”  SOOO much better!  Now I can easily get to my cleaning supplies and see what we are running low on.  I also keep sunscreen in this cupboard because it is right by the back door – easy access when we are on our way out.  My rarely used cook books are stored up high along with a rooster pitcher that was my Aunt Pat’s before she passed away a few years ago.  I like that now I can see it and think of her every time I open this cupboard.

 I straightened out the drawer next to our sink – the baby/toothbrush station…

and then tackled the pots and pans.  This cupboard is right below our homework drawer and was starting to become a catch all for bigger coloring books and art projects that were too big for the homework drawer AND the arts and crafts drawer.  Probably a sign that we have way too much of this kind of stuff!  This is the “before.”

The “during”…

and the “after”.  
Much better.  A great way to spend my morning in the rain!  :)  
xoxo, Erin
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19 thoughts on “Bring on the rain

  1. Erin, you have TWO hand mixers???? :)

    You were organizing cupboards while I was painting walls. It was a good, productive few days wasn’t it?

    Much better than jumping off a cliff together.

  2. Erin you make it look so easy! I hope when my kiddos are in school I have some more free time to get organized like you! Thanks for sharing, I think I will try to do that tomorrow with my cupboards!

  3. We have had SO much rain if I could only have your motivation my whole house would be organized, sigh! Your enthusiasm is contagious and I always want to just go organize after I read your post.

  4. It’s been so rainy here too. I hate it! Today we have sun!

    I stole your toothbrush and toothpaste idea. I had our kids up in the cabinet where they could not reach them. Moved them and it is such an easier system for them (and me!).

  5. So funny story.. I came across your blog because I am starting one of my own and had thought of the name “Sunny Side Up” and decided to google it and see if it was taken… and it was! But that’s ok because your blog is pretty awesome and now I get to read it and drool over how organized your house is and how adorable your kids are :) Oh and I will be living in San Diego soon too so finding your blog was kind of like fate lol
    Looking forward to future posts! I will let you know when I come up with another blog name and actually start it :D

  6. So…those casserole dishes and the before mentioned hand mixers?? where’d they go when they go bumped by Aunt Pat?? Hmmmm? Did it rain? I certainly did no organizing OR painting…

  7. Looks great! You and I have a lot in common as far as neatness! I can’t stand when things are out of place. LOL Have a great day!


  8. Just wanted to thank you for the Chalupa recipe! I always do a crockpot meal on Tuesday b/c of swim class timing. We loved it and it made enough for leftovers plus I took some next door to my husband’s grandmother. Yummy, easy and not unhealthy! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I loved this! Everytime you showed a “before” picture and then an “after” picture I always gave a sigh of relief at the amazing organized spaces! :) Congrats and Good work!

  10. Looks great! I’m stealing your toobrush/toothpaste organization idea! I’m always trapsing upstairs to grab the toothbrush. I’m buying an extra set so we have one both up & down! Don’t know why I never thought to do this. Thanks for the idea! :)

  11. I think you have inspired me to go take a bunch of “before” pictures to put on my blog…I’m totally in with that:)

  12. Hey Erin!

    I am a big fan of your blog!

    I am just wondering if you have ever did a post on Ellie’s or Addison’s rooms? I love the way you decorated Kole’s Nursery!

    Ok! Thanks! :)

  13. Ima give it to you straight. My house would be more than happy to look like your “before”. It wouldn’t even feel like it was “settling”. In fact, I’ve been organizing my laundry room and kitchen the past two days. My gauge for each space is to make it at least an Erin “before”. Keep up the hard work, love. It’s very inspiring. I can’t wait till all of my house looks as clean as yours before you clean it:D

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