Car Organizer -- Timely Tips For A Tidy Vehicle
Car Organizers -- Keep A Tidy Ride!
Do you use your car as your mobile office?
Do you (almost) live in your car?
Do you commute long distances to and from work?
Do you routinely transport your kids or sports teams?
Do you transport clients in your vehicle?
Do you car pool?
Do you take family vacations in your car?
If you’ve answered “Yes” to one or more of the following questions, then this page is for you! The tips on this page will help you get & keep your car organized. What can you find here? Good question!
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I’ve always kept my car clean and organized, but that comes from having a father who loved and cared for his car(s) (almost as much as he loved and cared for me) and taught me to care for my vehicles. However, not everyone has had that advantage.
In our fast-paced, American society, our cars have become more than just transportation. We tend to work, eat, sleep and, sometimes, even get married in them!
Take pride in your ride!
If you’re tired of your car looking like you live in it or, if you’re tired of things falling out every time you open the door, then use the tips below to help you maintain a tidy ride!
Car Organizer -- How to Information
Car Organizer Step #1 -- Take it Out & Sort It Out Every organizing project starts with this simple step. Take everything --- I do mean EVERYTHING --- out of the car. That includes, trash, receipts, music, DVD’s, food, insurance cards, owner’s manual, maintenance book, auto information kit, baby seats, toys, etc. Check every area: map storage cases, door pockets, glove box, between and under the seats, trunk, and cargo area!
Next, trash the trash.
Sort the rest of the items into three categories: (1) stuff you use every day or often, (2) things you use occasionally or in an emergency, (3) seasonal items.
Car Organizer Step #2 -- Clean It Out & Clean It Up Now that everything’s out of the car, it’s a good time to thoroughly clean it. Vacuum the interior, shampoo the carpets, wipe down the vinyl/leather with Armor All (or leather cleaner), clean the interior windows, and rear view mirror. Wash/dry/wax the exterior, polish the chrome, clean the windows, side mirrors and headlights. Use the tips on cleaning your car if you need help.
Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional shop to be detailed, having the car clean, shiny, and smelling great will go a long way to lifting your spirits and giving you incentive to organize your car and keep it that way. However, if you intend to drive your car somewhere to be detailed, remember to put your insurance card back in the car!
Car Organizer Step #3 -- Evaluate and Make a List How you use your car will depend on how you organize it and what you need in order to keep things organized in the future.
Are you a busy mom who routinely shuffles kids to and from school-day care-after school care? Are you a sports dad who routinely takes your team and sports equipment to games? Are you a real estate professional who routinely shuttles clients to look at homes? Do you run a business out of your car? Do you make sales and carry around sales samples and literature? Do you make deliveries?
Next, ask yourself: What do I need to keep on hand? What is it that I am always searching for but can’t seem to find? Determining these priorities will help you with the next step.
Do you routinely need change for toll booths, paper and pen, drinks, tissues, eye drops, lip stick, cell phone, directions, maps? Think about what you do in your car every day and make a list.
Car Organizer Step #4 -- Determine Your Priorities & Assign Areas Once you’ve made your list and determined what you use and what you need, prioritize the list.
What do you need to keep close? Cell phone, maps, pen and paper, tissues?
What can be relegated to the back seat? Sale samples, briefcase, kid toys, clothing?
What can go in the cargo area or trunk? Bins for groceries or sports equipment, emergency medical kit, seasonal items (ice scraper, snow chains)?
Car Organizer Step #5 -- Contain It The next step is to use the space you have wisely and then purchase, make or find any additional items you may need to help you contain the items you will keep in the vehicle.
Look at the storage space your car already provides: glove box, center consoles, door pockets, trunks, cargo nets, compartment storage and/or folding seats, below the floor storage, etc.
Car maintenance records, insurance cards, owners’ manual and auto information books should be kept in the glove box.
For the items that you assigned the need to keep close and use regularly, store them nearest the driver’s seat. For example, if toll change, tissues, maps, pen and paper are items you use routinely, many vehicles offer ready made space built directly into the console, dashboard or door for storing those items. You probably don’t need to purchase anything additional.
If, however, you use your car for a mobile office and your vehicle does not provide a good place to store your laptop computer, cell phone or paperwork, then look into purchasing or making items that will accommodate those special needs.
Keeping bins in the cargo area of SUV’s or vehicle trunks to keep grocery sacks and/or sports equipment from rolling around can be quite useful.
If you have little ones that routinely ride with you, a car organizer, like the one above, may come in handy. They help keep the kids’ stuff handy but not on the floor. No more Happy Meal toys hitting the ground every time the car door opens!
Car Organizer Step #6 -- Final Tips -- Moving Forward Congratulations on that hard work! It will be well worth it – I promise!
Here are some final tips on keeping your vehicle organized:
- Throw away trash often. One empty water bottle or soda can on the floor might encourage you and others to continue that practice. Put a leak proof trash bag in the car and empty it at least once a week.
- Keep a small, collapsible umbrella in the door pocket or console.
- If you bring one or more CD’s or DVD’s to the car, return a like number to the house. Don’t let them pile up.
- Store off season items (ice scrapers, tire chains, etc.) in the garage during the warmer months.
- Keep emergency first aid kits, roadside flares, jumper cables, warm blanket (winter only), etc. tucked away in the small areas and cubby holes in the trunk.
- Keep everything – people and items contained and strapped down. In the event of a sudden stop or wreck, loose objects in the car can become dangerous and cause injury.
- It’s the law – “Click or Ticket” – always, always (did I say always??) use your seat belts and safety restraints according to manufacturer’s directions and state laws.
- Use the appropriate baby car seats and booster seats. Keep those kiddos safe!
Now that your vehicle is clean and well organized, enjoy the ride and be safe!
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