Car Organizing Tips for Efficient Errands and Cleaner Cars

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We spend so much time in our cars that they really can be considered an extension of our living space. Do you maintain your car interior the same way you would your kitchen or bedroom? Consider these car organizing strategies to improve the upkeep:

Running Errands Doesn’t Have to Run You Ragged

  • Plan errands before heading out. Just a few minutes of planning can help you avoid backtracking and save fuel and time.
  • Go green by keeping reusable grocery shopping bags in the car at all times. Include an insulated bag, which can help you run additional errands without worrying about melting or spoiling groceries.
  • Along with other maps you may carry, add a map of your local mall, saving steps by parking nearest to the store you are visiting.
  • If you are doing renovations or redecorating, keep swatches of your wallpaper, fabrics, and paint colors along with measurements and pictures of your furniture in a small pouch for easier decision-making.

Be Prepared, for Both Adversity and Amusement

  • A small plastic string-closure folio, available at office supply stores, is a great car document organizer. It keeps your current insurance and registration information protected and easily located. I like to use a red one so it stands out among the manuals and warranty information in the glove compartment.
  • If an accident or breakdown occurs, you want to be ready with a First Aid Kit, jumper cables, flares, a canister of temporary tire flat-fixer, work gloves, a tire gauge, a flashlight, batteries, and a multipurpose tool. There are many car organization accessories for the trunk or hatchback that will easily corral these items.
  • Be ready for fun, too! You might enjoy keeping a sturdy blanket with you, which is handy for an impromptu picnic or sporting event, and it also doubles as being useful in an emergency or to protect your upholstery.
  • Keep what I call an “Emergency Twenty” in your car at all times. You never know when that $20 bill will rescue you from a cashless situation! An old change purse filled with quarters is also handy for parking meters and tolls.
  • A back seat car organizer is one of the best car organizer accessories. These products fasten to the back of the front seats, and they provide several pockets for toys, tissues, paper, and pencils. You can even buy one car organizer for each seat, reducing conflicts between kids since they will each have their own stash of fun objects.

Maintenance is Essential

  • Trash can be disposed each time you refuel. Trash containers are always right next to the gas pumps, so take just a moment to remove the litter from your car while you wait for the tank to fill.
  • No matter what car organizer accessories you choose, they won’t work if you don’t maintain the space. Make a habit of clearing out excess items each day.

What are your car organizing tips? Share in the comments!

 

Lorie Marrero is a guest blogger from The Clutter Diet. In exchange for sharing this content, the Allstate Community has compensated her via cash payment.

 

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