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.
Three Steps to Organizing
- Consolidate items into groups
- Containerize groups in sturdy, proper sized containers that are labelled
- Condense items so you have the appropriate amount of items in each group
Follow Two Routines
- Do four things in the morning
- Do four things in the evening
Five Habits to Keep Clutter on the Run
- If you get it out, put it away
- Apply the 30 second rule – if it takes 30 seconds or less to do something, do it immediately
- Follow the camping rule – leave the room the way your found it or better
- Look, really look at your surroundings to see what is out of place
- Use “little minute” to clean – those few minutes while you are waiting for someone, on hold on the phone, watching a pot boil
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There are a number of questions to ask yourself before you purchase shelving for your storage room.
Do you like things displayed on open shelves or stowed behind closed doors? This will help you determine if you want a cupboard or shelving.
Next measure the space. You need to get storage that uses all the area and not buy storage that leaves some of the area unusable because one storage unit is too large and another storage unit can fit into the remaining space.
Next ask yourself, will you open a lid to put things into a container, will you reclose the top of a box? If the answer is no then cut the flaps off the box or purchase containers without lids. You want to make it as easy as possible to get the items into the correct box.
Lastly ask yourself, if your bins are stacked will you unstack them to put something in the bottom container? Will you restack the containers on the storage unit? If your answer is no then buy large containers that fill the vertical space between the shelves so you can maximize your storage. It is usually good to have two or three containers on each shelf. One big got your storage units and bins.
- Store items you use frequently at eye level.
- Store heavy items on the bottom shelf
- Store items close to where you use them
- Store infrequently used items up high or in less accessible areas.
Trying to store hockey bags? Try placing two shelving units that are 4 or 5 shelves high, with 24” or 36” deep shelves, one in front of the other and securely attach them together. This will hold one bag per shelf with room to leave it open to air out and place some items on the shelf beside the bag to dry.
With the right shelves and bins it is easy to sort your items into categories, place them in a labeled container and locate them in your storage room. Remember to keep only what you need and love.