Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Organize Your Car | Family Economics
On-the-go kids mean on-the-go taxi driving moms who spend half their lives living in their cars, taking their adorable children from one activity to the next. This often results in a car filled not only with children but litter, remnants of clothing, sports equipment, books and other miscellaneous items creating a disaster on wheels and possibly leaving an over-driven taxi driver feeling less organized in her car then even in her home.
This is how I keep my car organized:
• First, we need to de-clutter and clean out our cars. Start by completely emptying out your car into three bags or boxes: one for garbage, one for items that don’t belong in your car and one for items that will be kept in your car once the clean-out process is finished.
• Empty out your entire car, glove box, center console, check underneath the seats, trunk or cargo areas. Search every area of your car for items that need to be de-cluttered.
Everything has a place:
• Decide what items are your “must haves” in the car and decide the best location for them. For example, antibacterial wipes should go where the driver can reach them (middle console or glove compartment). An extra blanket could be stored in the trunk or cargo section of your vehicle.
• Have designated places so your kids know where to store items like CDs and snacks; if you give things a home everyone is more likely to return items to their homes when not in use.
• Use an empty paper towel tube to stuff plastic grocery bags in for a handy supply of garbage bags in your car.
• Use Ziploc® Brand Bags to store items. You can store items like your car manual, insurance card and registration all in one bag to easily access when in need.
• Use old lunch boxes to store a supply of kid friendly snacks and drinks.
• You might want to purchase CD/DVD holders for your visor, or back seat organizers, cargo containers, over the seat organizers or leak proof garbage containers.
• Glove compartment
o Insurance card
o Car registration
o Car manual
o Small first-aid kit
• Center console
o Paper, ink pen, permanent marker
o Spare money ($5 to $10 for emergency use)
o Cell phone charger
o Lip balm
o Antibacterial wipes/napkins
• Trunk or cargo space
o Emergency car kit – flares, jumper cables, tools, etc.
o Spare tire
o Fix a flat tire repair (comes in a spray can)
o Extra blanket
o Snack box with water bottles and non-perishable snacks
o De-ice spray
o Ice scraper
o Cargo containers (laundry baskets work too)
o Disposable camera
o Extra feminine products, nail file, hair ties
o Bag of kitty litter for snow traction in winter months
o Paper towels
o Baby wipes for quick clean-ups
o Small bin filled with kids travel toys
• Teach your children what they carry into the car they must carry back out of the car when coming home each day.
• Once a week do a litter and misplaced item clean-up in your car and re-organize anything out of place.
Hope you enjoy driving your children around in a clean and organized car!