I have car clutter: I run two businesses; organizing and gardening. I have a small car, with a small trunk. From spring thru fall, I actually need to keep certain items in the back seat most of the time; such as lawn bags, and a metal dolly on wheels to transport heavy bags of fertilizer, compost or mulch, from my car to a garden client’s yard. Small tools and other supplies stay in the trunk, out of site.
And, when I take my organizing client’s giveaways to GoodWill, I put the bags and boxes of stuff in my front and/or back seat. These things might stay in the car for a few days until I can schedule the time to do the drop off.
Folks don’t usually need to keep their business things in the car. That’s what a trunk, or the rear space in an SUV is for. But, you might have ‘small item’ clutter; like protein bar wrappers, empty soda or water bottles, kids’ toys, notebooks, food take out bags, etc. on the car seat or floor.
Here are some TIPS for keeping car seats and floors uncluttered:
- Purchase a car seat organizer to store the clutter crowding the passenger seat of your car. (I purchased one a few years ago) There’s the ‘Mobile Office’ from the Container Store (http://www.containerstore.com ), the ‘High Road SwingAway XL’ car seat organizer which can swivel from front seat to back. ( http://www.cargogear.com ). Target stores also carry car seat organizers. These organizers are great for holding cell phones, tissues, water bottles, maps, snacks, music CD’s, and there’s even a place to put file folders.
- Plastic storage containers can be placed in the trunk, or under a seat to hold items like umbrellas, rain ponchos, tissues or water bottles.
- Keep children’s toys and games in a covered plastic container that can be placed either on the floor or in the middle of the back seat.
- Put a travel sized waste can or basket in the car so there will be a place other than the floor to put trash.
- In case of emergencies always keep a pair of jumper cables, a flashlight, ice scraper, small shovel, bag of sand, non-perishable snacks, bottled water, and a first aid kit in the car.
Let me know what you use to keep from having clutter in your car.
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