If you’re like my family, summer travel is big. Between day trips, road trips, sports practice, play date, excursions, the car can become that closet you never knew existed. I admit I’m constantly finding things that shouldn’t even be in my car. My Dodge Journey has seen quite a bit of activity in the past year, and with that activity, here are some things I’ve learned along the way to help keep it organized.
1. Grab A Garbage Bin
More than likely 95% of what you will be removing from your car is junk. It’s better to be prepared and have a garbage bin nearby to empty things into. If you don’t recall what the item is, throw it out. It doesn’t make sense to put it back or bring it into the house if you don’t even know what, where, or who it belongs to. Once all the trash is removed, you may want to start vacuuming the carpets and seats. With detergents applicable to your vehicle’s interior, start wiping everything down.
2. Have Garbage Bags and Dry Wipes Available
Garbage bags help prevent debris from traveling throughout the car. Dry wipes help to quickly clean up spills. Having garbage bags at every seat, or a traveling garbage can in the car will help minimize clutter.
3. Utilize The Center Console
That place between the driver seat and the passenger seat can be essential to the organization of a car. If you don’t have a center console, you can purchase them in almost any store. There you can organize your CD’s, loose change, business cards, and even your cell phone. More modern cars, or even store bought consoles are equipped to keep the busiest family fully organized when traveling.
4. Get Rid of the Junk In the Trunk
Keeping your trunk organized, will help keep the rest of the car in tip-top shape. Collapsible bins, or any bin to help keep things in place will be a great help. Let’s stop for a moment and discuss what you should have in your trunk.
What to have in your trunk:
- Tire gauge
- Trash holder or bag for emergencies:
- Kit with jumper cables, tire patch, flares
- Spare tire and jack
- First aid kit
- Blanket or other big rag/towel
All of these items should fit nicely in a bin, except the spare tire of course!
5. Smartly Utilize Your Glove Compartment
You can give your glove compartment a good once over, and more than likely you’ll find that you have old bank receipts, shopping receipts, grocery list etc. Being that the place is so small, it’s best to you utilize it to the best of its ability.
Here is what should be kept in your glove compartment
- Proof of insurance, copy of registration
- Pen and pad of paper
- Cell phone charger
- Vehicle owner’s manual
- Vehicle maintenance log
- Garage door opener
- Mobile phone charger
Doing these five simple steps will not only keep your car cleaner and more organized, but it will also make a better and safer vehicle of transportation. You’ll know where everything is, without having to tear the car apart looking for something. You also won’t have the old lady in the parking space next to your give you a dirty look when you open the door and a trail of garbage trails behind you (or ahead of you.)