Nearly finished some new budget printables yesterday! I am striving for just a few, very simple forms to keep our budget in front of me and give me an “at-a-glance” view of where we’re at and what we need to do. Once I get them all done (and make some more generic versions), I’ll share here!
I hesitated calling this post “Quickie Car Organization” because while the organizing part of this process was quick, the entire process, which started a few weeks ago when I took advantage of a nice day to clean my car, wasn’t so “quick”. Very much needed, though, and it was great to have an organizing/cleaning project that allowed me to enjoy nice weather outside for a change, rather than just being inside the house with the windows open! Since I haven’t shared any of that, I thought I’d start at the beginning, but in honor of the “quickie week” I seem to have started, I’m keeping the name as is. 😉
A month or so ago when the hubby and daughter were out-of-town, I enjoyed a productive weekend at home. That Saturday wasn’t so nice out, as I recall, but Sunday was GORGEOUS. It was the perfect day to clean my car, which is something I always forget about until I’m driving somewhere or have other people in my car and find myself apologizing for the dirtiness. Brad periodically vacuums for me and washes the outside, but what I really notice is the DUST. With multiple little kids and constantly changing Midwest weather, the carpets get dirty again fast, so it seems almost worthless sometimes to vacuum. But I love a freshly Armor-All’d dashboard. So shiny and clean! Maybe it’s because that’s what I stare at when I drive, but a clean dash to me is a clean car!
I spent about four hours that afternoon vacuuming everything, cleaning the leather, and applying Armor All to clean the dash and inside of the doors. It’s not perfect (I have a 2006 vehicle that, as I said, gets a lot of use transporting kids), but I’m no longer embarrassed by it. More recently I spent part of another nice afternoon cleaning the windows. And then finally yesterday I finished the organization!
When I have all my daycare kids in the car and my 3rd row seat is in use, I only have this much cargo space left. Not. Much. In the past I haven’t even attempted to store shopping bags or anything else because I figured every time I opened the rear hatch that they’d come tumbling out. But I stuffed all my bags in my big thermal from Thirty One (that size is no longer available), and they stay in place really well! I also added a travel changing pad with wipes now that I’ll have a baby in tow again. And the Thirty One Keep-It-Caddy on the right nicely holds my blankets. The blankets are nice to have in the car. I found out at least once last year that you can’t always count on picnic tables to be available at a park, and we like to picnic for daycare, and blankets in the car are always a good idea. You never know when you’ll need a soft, dry spot to sit, a warm blanket to cover up with, or when you’ll get stranded in the snow!
Underneath those items, there is a hidden storage area where I store a roadside emergency kit and another blanket.
The lid flips over to create a wipe-able tray or game surface, and there are pockets on the outside for even more storage. You can even buckle it into the car so it stays put! And again, fun coral color!