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.
Bring lots of hangers, you can never have enough. It is a great way to make new friends by sharing the extra hangers.
1. Store your clothes in the closet. Double your hanging space by purchasing a lower hanging bar. Add an extra shelf up high in the closet to store off-season items mitts, hats.
2. Under-bed storage containers are very helpful for sports equipment, food, laundry detergent, musical instruments, etc
3. Use vertical space to add more storage. There are many types of carts with drawers which can be used to store school supplies, cosmetics, food etc.
4. Use the inside of the bedroom and closet doors to hang items. Over-the-door rack and hook products accommodate coats, clothes, etc
5. There are many pocket style items that hang from the closet bar. Buy one or a shelf for shoes to use to double the shoe space storage.
6. Make sure anything you buy is returnable because you won’t exactly what you need until you get there.
This is an excerpt from a great article by Autumn Leopold . Click on the link below to see the entire article
1) Give people the appropriate time and space they need to sort through items. If they need to stop and share some memories with you, let them. Do not judge or share your opinion just keep the process moving forward.
2) Be mindful of the children in the home. If they need to see or discuss some of the items you may be donating or throwing away, sit and let them get their feelings out. They may have some memories tied to those items that you aren’t aware of.
3) After the homes are separated, parents should do their best to create a new routine for children as quickly as possible. Do something new and change things up around the house. Get different bedding or a few decorative items to create a new environment for the healing to begin.
Controlling the clutter at the entrance to your home can be a nightmare.
- Place hooks low enough that everyone can hang up his or her own coats, sweaters, and jackets.
- Establish a space that can be reached without help for each person’s backpack or gym bag. This could be a shelf, cupboard or hook.
- Have enough space near the entrance for shoes that are used regularly. Buy stackable shoe racks and use vertical space efficiently. Footwear worn occasionally should be stored elsewhere and brought out as needed.
- Have a place for seasonal hats, gloves and scarves. A hanging shoe organizer is ideal for this purpose. Put regularly-worn hats, scarves and pairs of gloves into the pockets, where you can easily see each item and quickly select what you need. Storing hats, mitts and scarves directly with a jacket also helps to keep everything together.
- 1. Keep a central collection area for your laundry close to where people change. The main bathroom, near the bedrooms, is often a good choice. Keep three hampers – one each for light, medium and dark-coloured clothing. Make sure everyone knows to empty pockets, because no one else is going to check.
2. Keep a stain remover nearby so that everyone can treat the stains on their own clothing. Children may need help with the most difficult, like blood. Use shampoo without conditioner on grease stains. Once stains are treated, fold the clothing to prevent stain remover from touching the hamper. Remember to place clothing in the correct laundry hamper.
3. Have a table or space available so you can fold and pile items as they are removed from the dryer.
4. Have a place to hang up clothes – a line, door hooks or a free-standing wire rack.
- 5. Establish a laundry supply shelf or cupboard. Be sure to have a variety of supplies available so you can easily handle any stain – detergent, bleach, shampoo, stain remover, a bar of laundry soap and quick hand-washing items. Include a basin so you can conveniently soak or hand wash items
Being organized is not about being perfect. Anyone can learn to be more organized. It is a set of skills that can be taught. Organization creates efficiency and effectiveness, making your life and surroundings perform optimally for you. When you start organizing remember these tips:
- Accept your limitations on time, space, energy and money
- Be consistent, do a little at a time on an on-going basis
- Acknowledge your successes. Success breeds success motivating you to do more.
- Take if one day at a time