No Junk in this Trunk

Trunk Organizer

By now you know that I love me some organized spaces. Something about everything having its own home and dedicated space just makes me ocd-giddy. But it’s not just about putting all your junk in a bin… it’s about strategically putting what you need, where you need it, and if it happens to be in fabulous bin, well then that’s just a double whammy!

And trust me, having what you need, where you need it, can absolutely help de-stress your life. There is nothing more stressful than a screaming baby in your backseat who decided to decorate his carseat with his poop. Oh wait.. there is something more stressful… it’s realizing that you don’t have any more diapers or wipes in your diaper bag to clean it up. Yeah, that would be my first and nowhere near my last total parenting fail. But ya live and ya learn… and then you stock pile your car with your mom tools. And immediately after this poopisode, I did just that and struck gold with this Laura Ashley Trunk Organizer that I found on Zulily for $15 bucks, although you can also get it via Amazon for $25.

So for my swagger-wagon, I decided that extra diapers and wipes were a must! I also like to tote around some extra paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer, stroller blanket and flashlight. I also seem to be hording reusable grocery bags, so I thought this would also be a good home for them as well. Ewww, so I saw a stat last week that said 80% of peeps don’t clean their bags.. and grosso me being part of that stat, had to immediately wash them. Do it people… leaky chicken juice is straight up nasty.


So here’s the bin all loaded up, with room to spare! I think I’m totally preparing for the stinky, sticky toddler I’m soon to have Smile


My favorite part is the Velcro on the bottom of the bin. Even with my crazy driving, this bad boy is staying put!




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Our Family Binder

I’ve always thought the main benefits to being organized were two fold – (1) You know where everything is and can easily get to it without tripping, digging or cussing and (2) It just looks better and gives you that warm-fuzzy, yet super in-control feeling that you are a woman that has “got it goin’ on!” <insert flamboyant triple finger snap>. Sometimes I find myself organizing for reason #2 – take for example, my recent linen closet makeover. Sure, I could access all of my sheets and blankets while they were balled up in the linen closet, but don’t they just look so much better in neat little labeled bins? And every week (slight exaggeration on how often I change our sheets) when I open that closet, I totally give myself a little mental fist pump because I know I showed that closet who was boss.

So while I still have this full supply of nesting crack running through my super pregnant veins, I thought I would tackle a project that often makes me cringe – the mail/junk/remember-to-do/crap-should’ve-mailed-this-weeks-ago bin. Jer and I are famous, like mega-supa-star famous, for throwing random and important papers into our junk drawer. I think it’s the whole outta-sight-outta-mind concept, but every month I find myself sorting through this crap and realizing I forgot to mail or do something important. So to tackle this chaos, I turned to one of my most favorite blogs iHeartOrganizing for some tips and literally found myself taking a page out of her book… or should I say binder!

So without further ado, I’m proud to introduce to you… The Dorrough Family Binder. The one stop shop for all important family information. Although I totally intend for it to grow with our family, right now it has 4 sections: (1) Meal Planning (2) Contacts (3) Dylan (4) Important Dates. And yes, this is the Martha Stewart binder that I showed you guys a few weeks ago…told ya I had big plans for this bad boy.

Family Binder

I wanted the first section of the binder to house stuff that I might need quick access to for the other sections. Scissors for coupons that I’ve stored in the Meal Planning section, stamps for cards in the Important Dates section, zip-drive and itty-bitty tape measure for… Ok, Ok busted. They needed a home! Smile

Family Binder   Family Binder


The first tab and the most frequented section of this Binder thus far is the Meal Planning section. Since my Relay Foods post, a few people have asked how I meal plan and this my friends is my answer. Sure, there are note pads and free word doc templates for doing this, but I think having your meal plan and shopping list on one piece of paper together is super helpful. So here’s how this goes down:

1. Every Sunday I pull out one of my Weekly Meals templates and in the left hand column plan our meals from Monday – Sunday.  In the second picture below, you’ll see I’ve listed out some of our favorite meals for easy reference. This is super duper helpful and without it, I’d probably schedule pizza and spaghetti way too many times.

2. After listing out our meals, I then list out the ingredients I need to make it happen. I also do a drive by on our pantry and fridge to see what else I might need for the week.

3. I then log onto and either quickly fill my cart from “my favorites” list or search out new items and place my order. (yes, I just grocery shopped in 5 minutes…. it’s life changing!)

4. Finally, I hang up this week’s meal plan in our kitchen for easy reference (and because I think this baby has literally eaten my brain and I can’t remember anyyyyything).

Meal Planning

Aside from our list of favorite meals, I also use this dual pocket insert to house any coupons and last week’s Relay invoice, which actually had a 12% coupon on it! Smile

Meal Planning


Nothing fancy here… not even images, as I didn’t think my neighbors would appreciate their phone number and address on my blog. So in this section I have printouts with the following:

1. Our neighbors contact info

2. Emergency Info – Police, Fire, Family, Doctor, etc.

3. So I don’t have this in here yet, but one day when I have nothing to do (which I hear will be never, once Dylan arrives), I thought it would be a neat idea to print labels with addresses of those I frequently mail to – family and close friends, and have those live in this section for easy and quick reference.


Being the responsible parents-to-be that we are, Jer and I took a baby class a few months ago as we both have 0% experience with those tiny little people. The class was so worth it and we picked up a ton of information on vaccines, food, and hygiene. And since I have a hunch that we might need to reference this info in T minus 7 days, I decided that it needed a little home in the binder as well.

As Dylan gets older, I think this will also be a great place to house some of his daycare and school info.

Family Binder


So how many times have you forgotten a family member or close friend’s birthday? Sure, saying it on Facebook counts but there are some people in your life, you like to go that extra step for and send a gift or card to. As our family continues to grow, it’s been harder and harder to keep track of all of the dates, so taking another tip from Jen’s binder, I created an Important Dates template for our family:

Important Dates Template

Directly behind the dates, I use the dual pocket inserts to house cards for the next few months.

Important Dates

So that’s our Family Binder. I’m sure it will grow with time and take on new “chapters” but for now it’s working perfectly and has found a comfy little corner spot in our kitchen junk drawer.

Junk Drawer

More than happy to give y’all a free printable of both the meal planner and important dates template. Just let me know in the comments and I’ll send you a link to download.


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Linen Closet Makeover

Ugh. I’m embarrassed to even show you this hot mess of a linen closet. I mean it’s ugly… so ugly, I recently sat in front of it thinking about how to fix it and literally starting cheering “U.G.L.Y….you aint got no alibi, you ugly, yeah, yeah… you ugly.” Then aside from realizing that I’m a total loser for actually singing that (while sitting alone… on the floor… in my hallway), I also realized that this closet does have an alibi, and a pretty good one at that. Its excuse is that it’s bin-less, label-less, and down right unloved. But I’ve tried to organize this beast before and obviously failed. The whole sheets in the pillow case idea is brilliant in theory, but since I have 0% clue how to fold a fitted sheet and have no desire to learn, this method just doesn’t work for me. So I decided to turn to my ol’ faithful… a labeled bin. And the result…? A truly loved linen closet. TADA…

IMG_2957_before       Organized Linen Closet

Here’s how I tackled it:

Step 1 – Determine its use. My very first step was determining what I wanted to keep in this closet. Jer and I also have a closet in our bathroom for toiletries and towels, so this closet only really needs to house sheets, pillow cases, blankets, and extra bath stuff like shower curtains and mats.

Step 2 – Take inventory. I took everything out of the closet and placed it in piles. Anything that didn’t fall into one of the categories above, went into a giveaway or toss pile. I’m not a fan of giving away (or receiving!) nasty old sheets or towels, so I tossed a majority of the little pile I created. You’re welcome Lousia Goodwill.

Step 3 – Bin it. Even after completing Dylan’s Nautical Nursery, I’ve still been eyeing nautical décor… so of course while I’m browsing through Home Goods this week, these canvas, rope handled bins immediately caught my eye. I didn’t have a use for them in the nursery right now, but as soon as I realized how roomie and stretchable these suckers were… I was sold. These are absolutely perfect for storing linens!

Organized Linen Closet

Step 4 – Label It. We wont relive the entire post, but as I told you guys early this week, I got these metal bookplates from the office supply collection of my lady crush – Ms. Martha Stewart. I was so very happy with how well these stuck to the canvas!

Organized Linen Closet

Organized Linen Closet


Organized Linen Closet

Although this is only a closet I visit once a week – I’m so happy it’s no longer the ugliest in our house. The closet in our guest bedroom is now donning that title and likely won’t be tackled until I can fit into all of the pre-maternity clothes I’m hoarding in it Smile

So how about you guys? Anyone else tackled a closet organization project recently?


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Organizing like Martha

We all know Martha Stewart’s got it going on. She can cook, decorate, garden and organize like a champ. So when I recently came across her office supply line at Staples, I wasn’t the least bit surprised that it was umm… fabulous.  I went in for some metal bookplates for our Linen Closet Makeover (which I can’t wait to show you guys later this week) and came out with half her collection… mostly because it seemed like really great quality but I think it also has something to do with the fact that it’s all teal – my fav. And hold the big spenda jokes as the most expensive piece I brought was the binder, which was only $12.99.

So, what the heck am I going to do with all these labels, you may be thinking? Why organize and label the crap out of my house, of course… especially while I’ve got a fully supply of this nesting crack pumping through my veins.

Martha Stewart Office Organization

So here’s my plan for putting all of Martha’s office goodies to the test:

Martha Stewart Binder

My goal is to turn this beauty into a “home command center” binder. Jeremy and I are famous for throwing all of our mail and important docs into a bin on our kitchen counter or into the junk drawer… which then I don’t file until months later. So to squash this habit, I’m hoping to build a binder that serves as a one stop shop for everything we need quick access to – weekly meal plan, important numbers, schedules, etc.

Martha Stewart Binder

source: staples

Adhesive Metal Bookplates

I’m putting these bad boys to action on new bins that I recently got to help organize our linen closet… which let me tell you, was one hot mess. Be prepared to judge me when you see the disaster I’ve been hiding in this closet. I deserve it.

Martha Stewart Office

Cord Tags

I desperately need these as I have a bin of cords that I have no clue what they go to. Seriously, every time I want to charge my little dirt devil to clean my car, I spend at least 10 minutes testing cords and cussing!

Martha Stewart Organize
Chalkboard Labels

OK, OK, I guess I really didn’t need these but they’re super cool, so I splurged. I have big plans for these in the kitchen!

Martha Stewart Organize

Stick on Labels

Nothing fancy here… umm except for the oval size and teal border. I’m planning to show the 10 bins in our bathroom some love with these. Jer is always picking on me for labeling obvious things (like a clear container of flour… guilty!) but with tall bins that are stored above eye level… labels are 100% required. right?

Martha Stewart Organize

Alrighty guys, I gotta get busy. Check back later this week to see how I’ve put each of these in action! Oh and as a disclaimer, you guys know I’m suppose to give birth to this haus of a baby boy anyday now… so no news (or update on how I’m labeling Smile) is good news!


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