Tips for Keeping an Organized Car8/08/2012
It's my center console.
It's always crammed full of receipts and other odds-and-ends when in a hurry and need to put something somewhere. Mostly, though, it's receipts. But then there's the backseat, where my seven-year-old likes to hide things... or openly destroy.... depends on the day. Whether you're single, married, or have a family, there has undoubtedly been a time or two when your car has been a complete disaster. If not, consider yourself lucky, but feel free to read this article and laugh at the rest of us less fortunate.
1. Designate a trash receptacle.
My product of choice? A Sure Fresh Reusable Container, which can be purchased at Dollar Tree for a whopping $1.00. I mean, who wants to splurge when it involves garbage? To line or not to line, that is your preference, but if you have kids, lining may be best. (All the sticky things when it comes to kids.) Having the lid will reduce spills and contain any odors as well.
There are a number of products to choose from, ranging in style and price, but try not to get too carried away. Like I said, garbage.
2. Introduce a system for storing receipt and important papers. (Excluding your owner's manual, which we all know is destined to forever remain in the glove compartment.)
I prefer expanding files because you can organize your papers by task, function, name, etc. They're also great for organizing coupons, but that's a separate topic entirely.
3. If you're a parent, invest in seat protectors!
Then the time came to trade in my Volvo, and I got my Mazda. A brand new Mazda. My very first brand new vehicle ever. Needless to say, I was not interested in repeat occurrences with my seat backs.
Insert Seat Back Protectors. This has been one of my best investments! Not only does it protect your backseat, but it has a top mesh sectional where your kids can keep their cups, toys, blankets, and whatever else they like to keep in the car.
4. Consider a collapsible organizer for your trunk.
Don't get me wrong; I have nothing against Thirty-One totes. It's just that the hard exterior/sides/handles makes it easier to remove the organizer when full. The EZ Storage Solutions' Trunk Organizer & Cooler is a wonderful product as it is multi-functional. The cooler is separate, so you can use it as-needed, or leave it home and utilize the extra compartment. This particular trunk organizer also has outer compartments for added storage options!
Tip: Trunk organizers can be found at auto supply stores if you have trouble finding them at a Target or Walmart store.
I'd love to hear any additional tips you have for keeping an organized car!
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