Happy New Year! I hope that this day finds you excited for a year of possibility.
January is National Get Organized (GO) month. In honor of that, we’re going to spend the next 30 days focusing on decluttering and organizing those spaces of your home and life that you usually just shut the door on. Out of sight, out of mind? Not anymore. Let’s open the drawers, fling open the doors, and expose them to the light! Stop worrying that when your mother-in-law comes to visit that she’ll open the wrong closet and have something fall on her head.
We’re going to start in a place you probably don’t think about often but you see every day – the center console of your car. This space is a challenge because it’s small so it won’t hold much. But if stocked with a little bit of planning it can be extremely helpful!
The type of vehicle you have will determine how much space you have available. I personally have a minivan. Yes, I know, the ultimate mom-mobile – you either love it or hate it. Let me tell you that as a mother of 3 kids under the age of 6 it is my saving grace in having enough space for easily sitting 3 car seats and getting kids in and out. As a result I have a pretty large center console so what I can fit in mine, you may not be able to in yours.
Yes – I did take mine out of the car to photgraph for you. Another advantage of the van! It was about 15 degrees when I went out to take pictures!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a monster space like mine – just think about what you really need and will use and find the right size for your space. This isn’t the place to keep every piece of paper or stray sock (hey – it happens!) that makes its way into your car.
Here’s what is in each of my 3 compartments:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Phone charger (not pictured)
- Eye Drops – for my contact lenses
- Lip Balm for these dry Colorado winters
- Coins for parking. I only have a few but if you live in a city where you park at meters a lot or drive toll roads you might want a lot more
- Hair rubber bands for myself and my daughter
- Pen & Paper (courtesy of my realtor)
- Gym/Rec Center Card
- Napkins/tissue – usually I have a small package but I’m out right now.
- Eye Patches for my daughter. She wears one at school each day for her vision and sometimes in the shuffle of getting out of the house she doesn’t grab one so I keep some in the car.
Below the upper container is a larger bottom section.
- Small, long shelf-life snack – comes in handy when the kids or I just can’t wait until we get home and keeps us from making a drive-thru pit stop
- Small zip top bag. Kind of random, I know but at least once a month I find myself with my hands full of something that I need somewhere to stash without it getting lost.
- Diapers – I still have 1 left in diapers and don’t carry a diaper bag anymore but keeping 1-2 on hand is essential
And the last part is the front opening. This is a deep space where small things can easily get lost so I don’t keep much here.
- Glasses/Sunglasses cases
A few other things you might want to add:
- Small flashlight
- Breath mints or gum
The key is to keep only things you actually need and to replace them when you use them up. Spending just 5-10 minutes on preparing this space will make a huge difference. Then you can confidently send your passenger in after a stick of gum without worrying what they might encounter.
What do you keep in your car that I don’t have?