Start with the glove compartment and console. You can multi-task and do this while waiting in your car. Throw away out-dated insurance cards, service receipts, coupons and anything else that’s found it’s way in there. Keep only current insurance and registration documents. Ask yourself if you really need all those maps. With GPS devices and smart phones, we don’t have a need for old-fashioned paper maps as much as we used to. Consoles are a good spot to keep phone chargers and a small box of tissues or wipes. Do you have loose coins in your car? If you use coins for parking, toll booths, etc. gather them up and store in a coin purse or small re-sealable plastic bag.
Next, clean out seat pockets, cup holders and under seats. If you don’t currently have a place for trash, designate a small container for trash. Keep an umbrella or two in a seat or door pocket within easy reach.
The trunk or hatch area is usually the messiest part of the car because it’s out of sight-out of mind. Take everything out and only return items that you regularly use. Store re-usable shopping bags so you’re always prepared when you shop and don’t have to remember to take with you as you leave the house. I love this organizer for re-usable shopping bags .http://www.TheToteBuddy.com/ . You may want to keep a cooler bag in the car for cold and frozen groceries.
Store an emergency kit with jumper cables, flares, flashlight, etc, at all times. Keeping a few water bottles in you car is a good idea too. Depending on your climate, keep a container with a collapsible shovel, ice scraper and other cold weather emergency items. As the weather warms, swap out the cold weather container for one that holds sun screen, bug spray and maybe a table cloth or plastic shower curtain for those impromptu picnics and outdoor concerts. See this link for organizing products that will keep all of these things together in your car. http://www.inspirationalorganizing.com/my-store.html
Think of your car as an extension of your house and organize it thoroughly every few months. Get family members in the habit of immediately removing anything they bring into the car. Keeping your car organized is essential whether you're running errands around town or going on a road trip. If you spend as much time in your car as I do, you’ll enjoy that time much more if you keep an organized car. How do you keep your Please leave your comments below.