Vehicles are used as mobile offices, restaurants, entertainment centers, locker rooms and homework stations. Keeping a car clean can be easy. Here are 5 tips to help you organize your vehicle.
1. Have a plastic garbage bag in the front and back seats of your vehicle. It can be hooked on the headrest or armrest. Make sure all garbage is put in the bag and not all over the floor. When the bag gets full unhook it and put it in your garbage can on the way into the house.
2. If you have a young child keep a backpack ready at the door to take with you in the car. Fill it with things your child can use to entertain themselves. When you arrive at home put everything back in the back and bring it in the house. This prevents toys, papers and video games from being left all over the car.
3. Cup holders are a great invention. Put a clean tall cup in the holder and use it to hold pens, pencil crayons, small toys, notes, papers, snacks. It will help to keep items confined to a space and prevent them from being lost in the vehicle.
4. If you use your car for an office try using a bin, box, bag to contain all your supplies. There are a number of portable offices organizers available or make one that is personalized for your situation.
5 .Keep disposable wet wipes in the glove compartment for quick clean ups and always take everything out of the vehicle when you arrive at home. Use the car door pockets and seat back pockets for items that permanently stay in the car. If you start with a clean vehicle on every trip it is easier to keep it clean.
Do you have children in your family with Lego laying allover the floor? Here is a fun organizing tool to make cleanup of toys easy and fun . Check out swoop bags. www.swoopbags.com
On the People in Connection Internet TV show, I discussed Organizing Challenges Unraveled – Storage Solutions. When you are short of storage space in a specific area, there are many products on the market that can give you more.
There are a number of over the door hanging products found in stores such as Walmart and Zellers. There are over the door hooks to use for hanging coats, clothes, towels, purses, belts as well as over the door rings for hanging tea towels, hand towels and paper towels. There also is a great product that has 5 pockets /shelves that are about 6” deep, which could hold shoes, office supplies or laundry supplies. Using over the door hanging products makes installation easy and quick and you don’t need to put holes in your walls.
There are magnetic products that can be used to make storage space on metal appliances such as your refrigerator, filing cabinet or washing machine. One is a rack with 3 slots to hold papers, magazines etc and a filing pocket to hold file folders. They are available at office supply stores like Staples.
There are unlikely places in the home that can be turned into great storage areas. Under the staircase can be lined with cedar to become a storage area for clothes or bedding. It can be fitted with a bar to hang clothes or shelves for storing containers.
Using pieces of furniture is a great way to make additional storage spaces. A simple chest of drawers can be used in an entrance way to store hats, mitts, pets’ leashes, keys etc. An antique dining room buffet with drawers can be used to store CDs and DVDs. Two drawer filing cabinets can be used as a night table in a child’s bedroom holding books and toys and later used for school work as the child matures.
I really enjoyed this conversation about how attached we are to our gadgets, it they transform they way we interact with each other and how they help us to be organized.
Wednesday October 24, 2012
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Need to wash your windows but you don’t want to spend the time doing it because the next rain will wash away the time you spent shining those windows. Try using a window cleaning product that attaches to your garden hose. First you rinse the window with water then switch the setting to soap continuing to spray the window and then switch it back to rinse. You can clean your windows without your feet leaving the ground. One such product is Windex Outdoor spray.