Organize While You Winterize

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 26 Sep, 2016
Car in snow
Fall is here and it is time to start thinking about car preparations for the cold months and getting organized. After a summer of trips to the pool and transitioning to school and sports programs, it is a good time to get winterized. Here are some steps to get your car winter ready: check for changes in […] 
Fall is here and it is time to start thinking about car preparations for the cold months and getting organized. After a summer of trips to the pool and transitioning to school and sports programs, it is a good time to get winterized.
Here are some steps to get your car winter ready: check for changes in tire pressure once the weather turns colder, assess whether it is time for new tires or seasonal tires, check your manual to see if oil and coolant needs upgraded, consider a good sweep out and seasonal wax.
But don’t just winterize! Go a step further and get your car mobile-ready. Car organization can be a challenge because space is limited and mobile.  The items that we store need to have a “secured” home not just an assigned home such as these areas.
Supplies for the Glove Compartment. Keep important auto papers in the glove box including title and registration, proof of insurance, car manual. If you have a AAA membership then consider keeping a copy of the membership card here. I recommend having a couple of writing instruments and notepad, and an extra car charger for your phone.
Supplies for the Center Consolemay be more of a personal nature: a quarter dock, extra sunglasses, gum, an extra chapstick and a small bottle of hand cream or other personal care items of your liking.
Dont’ forget the space under the seat!I like to use a thin-profile document box such as this one to store napkins, wet naps, straws, sweetener packets, and an accordion file for coupons.
In addition, if you use your car like a mobile office, a console organizer is a great tool for keeping papers and supplies to support your work.
My favorite car hacks are hooks that hang from my headrests. One holds a car garbage tote and the other holds bags of items for returns. They are also great for purses, book bags, and sports duffles.
One quick tip to keep your car clean and feeling good is to empty the trash every time you get gas.   After I gather the trash from my car, I take a napkin (out of the napkin “home”) and run it over the dash.   A fresh addition to your car is a dryer sheet under one of the seats to keep things fresh.
Wishing you smooth travels and safe journeys in your organized and winterized vehicle!
 

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