Wednesday, April 20, 2011

18 Reader Space: Smiles for Erin's Organizing Spree!

It's so incredibly fun to meet someone who is honestly equally as in love with organizing as I.  I feel like I have so many bff's all over the globe that I haven't met personally, but we are so alike that it's almost scary! 

When you see Erin's spaces today, you will see exactly where I am going with this!

Yes, I said spaces.  This girl really has it going on, we get to see oodles and oodles of incredible inspiration in one post!  It's like Christmas came early this year!  Because there was SO much incredible inspiration and ideas, I condensed it some, but I am linking to her posts which contain additional details on her projects, and you will be sucked in.  Just sayin'...

Erin wrote to me to share one of her posts, however, after checking out her blog, I decided we couldn't just stop at one!  So she is sharing in the form of a compilation guest post if you will!

Handing the blog over to my new bestie, Erin:

Hi everyone!  I'm Erin from Sunny Side Up and just like Jen I have a MAJOR passion for organizing!  I'm so excited to share some of the organizing projects I've completed that have made things run much smoother around my house.

I love to scrapbook and really needed a space where I could store all of my supplies and leave projects out to continually work on.  I don't have my own office space in my current house, so I set up shop in a corner of my baby's nursery.  Having things organized is crucial because I'm working with such a small space.  Here is a peek at Kole's nursery/my scrapbook room and how I organize my scrapbook supplies.  

Soon after I had my third and last baby I was in a typical "I have a newborn and am exhausted funk" so to cheer myself up I went on an organizing rampage!  I spent a few days getting all of our educational workbooks, games, baby toys, and my girls' books and closets organized.  I have loved having my girls' games and school stuff all together in one place.  It has made it so much easier to find what we are looking for and to keep their rooms clean.

I had so many childhood keepsakes in random places all over my house and really wanted a place to save and store them all together.  I cleaned out my living room hutch and now use it to organize special notes, cards, and childhood memorabilia.  It feels great to know that if I ever needed to leave my house in an emergency it would be easy to quickly grab the things that are so important to me.

Last Fall I did a series of posts on my blog about various "house stations" I set up to help us get control of clutter.  One of my favorite projects was coming up with a system to help us organize all of the paper coming into our house.  I can't even tell you how much I've loved this filing system!  It has made paper control so much easier and my house no longer has random stacks of paper in every corner!  I also created a binder to hold all of my "running lists."  {Soon after finding iHeart Organizing I took a minute to update my binder with several of Jen's fun printouts} 

Another house station post included how I organized a few of my kitchen drawers to make things like homework and our morning routine flow a little smoother.

There you have it!  A sample of the organizing that takes place at my house and on my blog.  Nothing puts a smile on my face like doing a little organizing. 

Thanks for having me Jen!

I am in awe!  Let's chat about what's so inspiring here!  The creative use of space in combining two rooms into one - SO SMART RIGHT?  The great kid's artwork storage?  Those kitchen drawers!?  I could never pick one thing to heart about it, it's all incredible!  

And a button for you:

IHeart Organizing

So what's your favorite part of today's space?  Who's organizing a drawer or cabinet as we speak?  Who is officially a stalker of Erin's fun blog? {me me me!!}  Leave a comment to give her a virtual high five and some love for all of her awesomeness!  Endless Thanks to Erin for sharing her incredible spaces with all of us today!
Oh, and if you are Project Lifer... she posts about that too!  No joke - incredible stuff!

Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life.  Please send your story and photos to and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and un-editted.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!  More Info HERE.


  1. Oh wow! How I would love to have a house that organised! And her scrap space is to die for! Off to her blog now - thanks for sharing Jen :)

  2. Love her space - her photos - and all her organizing! Do you have a direct link to her blog? I may be missing it {I did look twice} but couldn't find one! Thanks!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  3. Oh Jen! You are too sweet! Thank you so much! I feel truly honored to be featured on your amazing blog!

  4. There are a couple links embedded throughout but here is the direct one:

    I will update my settings on the blog to try and get embedded links to stand out better. Thanks!

  5. Yeah! Another great blog to get totally lost in. I can't wait to read her posts!

  6. I adore the functionality of Erin's rooms!!! and the accents she chose are so super cute! I love the red boxes and the little yellow mini tins on the desk! Absolutely inspiring!

    My double duty space right now is the guest room. The one that has monsters in the closest =) shhh! don't tell my landlords!

    Ohmygosh girl I cannot wait to have this new house so I have fun new projects to share with you!!!! I'll make you proud - just wait =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  7. Thank you for posting this! It is so helpful to see lots of different ways to organize. I really like the idea of adding a running lists section to the home binder!

    I have my craft "room" in the nursery to, although it is in the closet & I have to move things out to work on. It's a pain, but I like that I can see everything quickly.

  8. Thanks for sharing Erin's space....well spaces with us. Amazing!!!!! Off to look at the rest of her blog!!!

  9. i HEART the Someday files, what a great idea. I love the box as well.

    I also do love the coloring drawer as well!

  10. I love Erin's blog!! She has so many great organized spaces. My favorites are the red boxes for the keepsakes.

  11. What an awesome double duty space and I love the ones that have linked up too!!! Thanks for letting us share our double-duty spaces Jen! Can't wait to do some more organizing around the house and share!!!

  12. I really like Erin's blog to. The name of her blog is so appropriate, I always leave with a smile!

  13. I'm a friend of Erin's. I gave a her a surprise visit (She lives in Cali, I in Utah) once, did not bother to give her much advance notice. Normally a big rude "no, no" thing that I never do. But, with Erin, I wasn't worried. We both agreed that she could handle it, since her entire space already does the bulk of the work for her. ps, I'm currently trying to get back in more organizational habits. Erin pointed me to YOUR blog. I'm now going to be a regular over here!

  14. I love seeing the orgnised spaces :) It's very inspiring so thankyou for sharing, both of you.

    I would really love to see is someone who is eco-friendly showing off their organising spaces and stuff they have in there.

    Thanks for sharing Erin's space Jen. Heading on over to get some more ideas and inspiration :)

  15. Great job, Erin! Your kids will benefit from your organizational skills. Thanks Jen, for sharing!

  16. {LOVE} this...great ideas!

    I am in need of an organizing solution. I am pretty darn organized, but one thing that I am having trouble with is my scrapbook stickers. I bought a clear accordian thing from Hob Lob - it has pockets and a lid that folds over, a handle - I made "categories" for the types of stickers in each pocket. However, I can't close the lid because of all the stickers (and some of them are longer and don't fit in the pockets). So now, I have an accordian with stickers spewing out of it.

    I know there are a lot of scrapbookers out there...I need a more practical idea. I want the stickers organized in categories, but don't want to have a seperate box for each category...don't have that kind of space.

    Can you help?



  17. I simply love this blog. Oh and I have definitely became hooked on Erin's blog!!!!

  18. I love all the organization she uses. I am working on my daughter's closet right now! This post has provided all the motivation I need!


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