Whether driving multiple car pools a day, commuting to work or simply out and about running errands and such, we all spend oodles of time in our vehicles subjecting them to the same treatment, or worse, as our homes. However, if you are like me, you don’t “keep car” like you keep house. For instance, I laser-focus on home-keeping (organizing, cleaning, decorating, safety preparedness) but cast nary a glance at my sedan save to keep the pollen and mud at bay. Since we spend so much time in our cars, why do we treat them no better than our college dorm rooms?
Now that my carpool days are a distant memory, I don’t have an excuse for a grungy car interior. Although not toting chattering school children and athletes to and fro, I still spend a fair amount of time in my car. No longer captain of the big Suburban, I don’t have loads of cup holders and other cubbies in which to stash my traveling essentials. When I spilled yet another beverage in my console because the cup teetered on detrius in the cup holder, I finally realized that it was time to make a change.
A few years back, posse pal bFt had given me an adorable pink metal tool kit that had been storing supplies in my basement craft laboratory. I decided to give it more face time and now use it to hold the travel essentials that previously cluttered my console
and the side pocket of my door. Now I have a cute companion in my front seat containing all of the necessities that make my car as homey as possible.
The Trunk Corral
I love how Alison corrals items in her trunk or “way back” of her SUV. Check out her adorable Scout bin that scores high marks for form and function
On a green note, it also stores all of her reusable shopping bags, so they are always ready for trips to the grocery or farmers market.
The First Aid Kit
The last tip for making yourself at home in your car is to add a First Aid kit. I repurposed this former lunch box to hold bandages, Bactine, sterile gloves, a thermometer, cotton balls, Swiss Army knife, a sewing kit, mosquito repellent wipes, and a few pharmaceuticals like Sudafed, Tylenol and Benadryl. This handy kit lives in the trunk of my car and has patched up many a boo-boo over the years.
While stopping short of advising you to remodel your dashboard or reupholster your back seat, we do hope that you are inspired to upgrade your internal combustion servant’s quarters to be (almost) as well-appointed as your home.
May 16, 2013