ROOM TOUR: GRAND CEN­TRAL

An ef­fi­cient work core and a spa­cious two-is­land plan pro­mote fam­ily har­mony in this busy but well-or­dered kitchen.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER AN­DRIA HAYDAY PRO­DUCER KAREN REINECKE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER ED GOHLICH

Cus­tom cabi­net or­ga­niz­ers help a busy fam­ily keep track of ev­ery­thing they need.

AS A CHILD, ERIN ROLLINS LOVED TO OR­GA­NIZE HER DOLLS and re­ar­range her bedroom. “Or­ga­niz­ing is still one of my fa­vorite things!” she says. It should come as no sur­prise then that the kitchen in her San Diego home is a model of or­derly con­duct— even when her hus­band, Ken, and their three ac­tive chil­dren en­ter the pic­ture in high gear.

Erin shares or­ga­ni­za­tional tips at her blog, Sunny Side Up ( the­sun­nyside­up­blog.com), along with her per­sonal home-build­ing story. Work­ing closely with an ar­chi­tect, she cre­ated her fam­ily’s dream lay­out that in­cludes a mud­room and of­fice by the kitchen (to stop clut­ter from en­ter­ing) and a win­dow­lined din­ing nook off the kitchen that’s out of the way of the home’s main traf­fic flow.

Today, al­most ev­ery cabi­net in­te­rior re­veals Erin’s or­derly touch. (The ex­cep­tion? Ken’s “mail and mis­cel­la­neous” drawer, lov­ingly cre­ated on re­quest.) With its smart floor plan and well-planned stor­age, this fam­ily haven is packed with prac­ti­cal ideas.

1 TWICE AS NICE Open to the fam­ily room, Erin Rollins’ kitchen boasts two is­lands— one for food prep and one for the peanut gallery—so messy in­gre­di­ents and home­work stay sep­a­rate. “A sin­gle is­land would’ve been too big,” Erin says.

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