If I had a nickel for every time I have gotten into someone’s car and they have said something like, “Oh I’m sorry for all the mess, I just had my grandchildren”, or “I’m really embarrassed, my car is so dirty”, or “Please excuse the mess I just can’t keep my car organized” I would be rich. Does this sound familiar to you?
When you get in your car do you have to sweep papers and dried food off the seat? Do you wish you could just get rid of the clutter once and for all?
I was buying car organizing products for a T.V. spot on organizing a car and as the eighth item was being rung up by the young cashier he commented that I must be buying wedding gifts. (Now wouldn’t that be a great gift to give newlyweds? I bet that is something they wouldn’t have to return).
Do you feel like your car is your second home? Make it your dream home whether you’re traveling to a business meeting or making a cross country trip with the kids.
- Get rid of clutter in your car by using the perfect organizing containers.
- To keep a car free of clutter figure out what it is used for and set some rules. If you don’t allow eating in your car then that is the first rule. Early one Saturday morning I was the designated driver to the local garage sales. My friend’s daughter was bundled in the backseat in a quilt. After an hour of driving around I found out she hadn’t had any breakfast and was hungry. Her mom said she wanted to bring something to eat but told her ‘no’ because she couldn’t eat in my car. That is not a rule in my car she got to eat.
- The rule in my car is that whoever is eating has the responsibility to empty their own trash. Children can be taught this at a very early age.
- Keep a simple waste paper can in the car to corral trash. Some fit over the bump in the backseat, others hang from the back seat and a simple plastic bag can always be kept on hand. To get rid of clutter the rule could be when leaving the car all paper and “stuff” has to be picked up and put in the garbage.
- To make it easy for the kids to have their own things near them use over the seat organizers. This can make traveling fun and a lot less hectic. Children can reach their own treats, crafts and games without the parents in the front seat unfastening their seatbelts to reach items for the kids. Some of these organizers have small tables that fold down for the child to color or write on.
- Perhaps your vehicle is a secondary office. When traveling to a business meeting or back to the office it is always a challenge to keep papers together and not sliding off the seat. Using a portable filing system that fits on the front seat with paper, pens, folders and other office supplies is the perfect solution. It can also be easily removed to the back seat if someone hitches a ride at the last minute.
- For CD’s or DVD’s to be close at hand use an over the visor organizer. There are also holders that fit on the floor or in the console. If you need a phone, or a pad and pen at your fingertips use a sticky pad that stays on the dashboard and keeps things from sliding around.
- To corral sports equipment use mesh bags, sturdy plastic containers or boxes for equipment. There are handy organizers that are blocks that can be placed around grocery sacks or other odd shaped items to keep them from rolling around inside the trunk or back of an SUV or truck.
Getting rid of clutter can be fast, fun and easy by setting some rules, being consistent in enforcing them and using the right organizing tools.
About the Author
Marilyn is the author of the popular book Go Organize! Marilyn’s product line includes cutting-edge on line video workshops that are one-of-a-kind. They give you instant access to solutions for your organizing needs.
Get It Together Organizing is a dynamic organizing company providing both online and in home services. Marilyn specializes in organizing for women and seniors who want the organized home of their dreams. www.marilynbohn.com