Tips & Tricks For An Organized Car
We're spending more and more time in our cars these days. The average commute time in the U.S. is 25.4 minutes. Add to that the time we spend chauffeuring our children to soccer practice and play dates, plus driving to the grocery store, the dry cleaners, the doctor's office...it's almost as if we never get out of our cars. With all the time we spend driving, it's no wonder we're so stressed out. But there are ways to ease some of that stress; one way is to bring order to your car. Here are some tips and tricks for an organized car.
Priority #1: The Driver's Seat
Everything the driver needs must be easily accessible from behind the wheel. Use all your available storage spots: the center console, glove box, door pocket and visor organizer. Use the visor to hold spare sunglasses, tissues, a small notepad and pen. Store charging cords and gadgets in the center console. Keep your owner's manual in the glove box, along with your registration and proof of insurance. The pocket in the door is the perfect place for stashing an umbrella for unexpected rainstorms. Having your accessories and emergency items in the right spots help make surprise situations less aggravating.
Priority# 2: The Back Seat
Prevent your vehicle from becoming a trashcan on wheels with a litterbag that you can hang from the gearshift or headrest. Train your passengers to deposit trash in the bag and not in the cup holders, door pockets, or on the floor. Be sure to empty the litterbag frequently so it doesn't overflow.
If you travel with kids in the back seat, equip them with a pocketed organizer that hangs from the front seat to keep their books, crayons, toys, and snacks readily accessible. Or if they still ride in a car seat, find an organizer that attaches to its side. For eating and drinking in the backseat, consider purchasing a travel food tray that attaches to the back of the front seat. It can also be used for coloring and playing games. Keeping the kids' essentials orderly keeps them occupied for a more pleasant drive.
Priority #3: The Trunk
Stock your trunk with the necessities. Be sure to have a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, a flashlight, jumper cables, flares, and paper towels. If you travel during winter months, add a snowbrush, warm blanket and emergency food, such as peanut butter and granola bars. Purchase separate bins for each category of items. If yours is a family of sports enthusiasts, get an extra bin for baseball bats, soccer cleats and football accessories. Tucking away the right items in case of an emergency gives you peace of mind, and the predicament simply becomes a situation rather than a full-blown crisis.