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Back Pocket Auto Organizer by Christa Zamel

When we think about getting organized, we often think of our homes and offices. However, we tend to overlook the one place that we spend a lot of time: our cars. Think of how much time you spend commuting to work, chauffeuring your children, running errands, and traveling. On some days, you probably spend more time in your car than any place else. So shouldn’t it be as organized as the rest of the spaces in your life? The following are some key tips to organizing your car and maintaining that continuity in your life. The “must haves” that you should keep in your car:
  • your insurance card
  • car registration
  • hands free headset for your cell phone
  • cell phone charger
  • sunglasses
  • snow scraper
  • umbrella
  1. Keep your insurance card and car registration in an auto document organizer in the side pocket of the passenger side door. Store your sunglasses, headset, and cell phone in a dashboard organizer for easy access.
  2. Store a small umbrella in the pocket of the driver’s side door.
  3. Equip your car with both a first aid and roadside emergency kit.
  4. Stash a few dollars for emergency toll money in the center console, as well as a pen, pad of paper and pocket flashlight.
  5. Keep a small, reusable litter bag in the car.
  6. Store foldable chairs and a blanket in the trunk.
  7. If you have a toddler, keep an inflatable potty seat in the trunk.
  8. Wipes are great for emergency spills and dirty hands. Store them in the glove compartment.
  9. If you have kids, keep a basket or plastic bin packed with coloring books, crayons, car games, etc for long journeys.
  10. Store your CDs in a visor organizer.
  11. The center console is easily accessible. If you listen to your iPod in the car, keep an iPod car charger in the console, along with your cell phone charger.
Organization is a state a mind. When you concentrate on overlooked spaces such as your car, you will develop good habits that carry over to other aspects of your life. It becomes much easier to maintain that mindset.

Thanks to Organized A to Z.com partner Christa Zamel for contributing this article. Christa is a professional organizer and the president of Neat Freak Design Group. Neat Freak can help manage homes, offices, and personal schedules by creating customized systems that suit clients. For more information, call 201-341-1576, email christa@neatfreakdesigngroup.com or visit www.neatfreakdesigngroup.com.
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