The Car Coach: Getting organized
Is your car trunk a terrible mess? Get the junk out of your trunk and out of your car. Organizing your ride is easier than you think. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, shows you how.
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1.Take everything out of your car and trunk. You cannot organize things without removing everything from your trunk. Take out all items and arrange them so you can see what’s you need.
2. Begin with the spare tire well. Many car trunks have a separate space underneath a thin plywood/carpet divider that is where the spare tire and tools are kept. Make sure nothing is around the spare. Then you can go ahead with arranging the rest of your trunk, knowing that there are no stray items.
3. Clean out the interior, including small items from the glove compartment, door pockets and cup holders.
4. Keep only what's useful. Things like jumper cables, tire inflation products and emergency kit items belong in your trunk. Old clothes, sporting goods, kitchen items or other non-essentials do not.
5. Install a net if you carry smaller items in the truck area. Other types of car trunk systems are available at your local auto parts of big box store.
6. Clean the cup holder and door pockets with an interior cleaner and paper towel. Now you can add in the important items and place the other items elsewhere.
7. Visor organization. Keep a heavy-duty rubber band on the driver's side visor to hold parking tickets, directions, mileage logs and any other papers relevant to the day's travels.
8. Your new-car smell. Keep your car smelling sweet by placing fabric softener sheets under the seats or an air freshener.
9. Spare clothes. Keep a small travel bag with a change of clothes in the trunk, just in case.
10. A versatile tool. An old, clean shower curtain stored in the trunk comes in handy as a cover for a summer picnic table, a drop cloth for changing a tire or a protective tarp.
While you might think of your vehicle as simply a means to get from point A to point B, in reality your car is a portable household with everything you need and want while you're on the go. Setting up regular routines to maintain your abode on wheels will keep you buzzing happily down the road.