Monday, August 18, 2014

Seasonal Organization for your Car

Top 5 tips to get your car ready for the Fall

To most of us, our cars are our home away from home.  Our family eats and sleeps here after all. We spend a lot of time commuting, doing errands and running kids to practice.  As the Summer comes to a close and you get prepared to transition your home and schedule back to the school routine, don’t forget your car!  Take some time before school starts to get it ready not only for the Fall but Winter too. (I!)  It’s a good idea to spend time ‘equalizing’ your car twice a year - Fall and Spring.  Just think warm and cold!

Clean Out:  Take all the Summer toys out and store away in your home.  Now is a good time to evaluate if these items are still in good repair.  Is that beach chair ‘sea-salted’ shut?  Run your car through the car wash and vacuum up the remnants of Summer.

Re-Stock Essentials:  Umbrella, pens, stickies, chargers, spare clothes, diapers, wipes, antibacterial soap, travel toys, bag of toiletries, pet items, paper towels, toilet paper and a small garbage bag.  Hate when you run out and forget to restock?  Make a list of these essentials, laminate it, clear packing tape will do and keep it in your glove box.

Emergency Kit:  Jumper cables, bottled water, flashlight, blanket, non-perishable snacks and first aid items.  Re-purpose a wipes container into an emergency kit

Shopping:  Make trips more efficient, keep your recycled tote bags and store coupons in your car. You’ll be sure never to leave home without them.

Seasonal:  Stock with the Fall sports gear.  Group together and store in a bag or bin for each family member.  This allows them to be responsible for maintaining their equipment.  Throw in your ice scraper, small shovel, rock salt and window washer fluid.  Don’t wait until you get caught in the first snow to include these items.

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Robin Stankowski, Professional Organizer
RLN Organizing
Freedom from Clutter
Lehigh Valley, PA

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