Organizing your Car

Written by Corrie Petersen

Pink Car PictureA messy car is no fun to deal with. More times than not you keep telling yourself that you will get to it and you never do. It’s not fun to clean out your car and keep it organized, but it’s something we all should do.

Organizing your car can be a challenge if you have a lot of stuff you need to have in your car. Whether you run your business from your car or you have things in there you may need if you get stranded, keeping it all organized is a must. Here are some tips that will help you get your car organized and keep it that way.

1.    Checklist

Create a checklist that contains all items you need and want to have in your car at all times. You may also want to create a checklist for the items you will want in your car if you are going to be traveling in the winter as well. There are a number of things that you will want to have in your car. Some of them may pertain to the area you live while others may only pertain to those people that have small children. Create this list based on your needs and keep it somewhere handy where you will always be able to find it.

Here is a list of items you should consider for your car.

•    Blanket
•    Jacket
•    Change of clothes
•    Paper towels
•    Three or four bottles of water
•    Small bag of tools that work with your car

If you are going to travel in the winter, here are a few extra things you should include just in case you get stranded.

•    Five or six cans of fruit or something you could eat if need be
•    A can opener if your cans don’t have a pull tab
•    First aid kit
•    Flair kit

2.    Plastic containers

Plastic containers are a great way to keep your car organized and they will help keep the items you store in your trunk safe and dry. Consider the size of your trunk and the items you will store in it before you make the purchase.

3.    Getting started

Getting started can be the hard part. The best thing to do is lay out all the things you need to include in your car. Put them on the kitchen table or the floor. This will help you get everything into the plastic containers you purchase. If you want to include bottles of oil, antifreeze, or windshield wiper fluid, I recommend a different container. It would be terrible to get oil on the blanket that you include.

You should include a blanket with your kit and it might work out well to have this on the back seat of your car or on the shelf by your back window. If you choose to keep everything together it should go in the bottom of your container.

When your car is organized, you will feel better about it and you will have exactly what you need when you need it. You never know what may happen, so it’s always better to be prepared. When you use these tips, your car will be organized all the time.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business. She enjoys helping her clients organize their business through outsourcing.


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