Be Prepared Before You Hit The Road

Tricia Nelson Finely Functional Home Organizing

In my last blog, I discussed seasonal preparedness for your car, but what about the day-to-day? In this blog, I’ll discuss items that make our cars function well.

Shopping items – bags, coupons, gift cards, oh my!

We’ve all purchased cloth shopping bags with the intention of using them each time we go to the store….but….how often do we leave them behind? To avoid purchasing these on multiple visits (and amassing more than you’ll ever need), as soon as you unpack your groceries, return the bags to a designated space in your car. This is key and it may take a few fails before you form the habit, but you’ll be used to it in no time! Why not also keep your coupons in the car. There are all sorts of great coupon organizers on the market, many of which fit nicely into the pockets of a handy trunk organizer. Speaking of trunk organizers … I’ve even seen some that have a built in cooler, such as this one.

Got Gift cards? Why not keep them with your shopping related items so next time you pull up at the store unexpectedly, you’re ready!

Glove Box

To keep this area from being a giant and confused mess, consider having smaller bags to contain similar items, for example, a personal care bag for items such as tissues, wet wipes, feminine care products, toothbrush/toothpaste/floss, tweezers, hand cream, extra reading glasses.

How about a small folder or bag for paper items, such as the car manual, registration, contact info for insurance provider, and another small container for food-related items such as napkins, plastic utensils, and hand sanitizer for when you’re eating on the run.

Front seat area

In order to keep all of your necessary items within reach while also ensuring that they are not sliding around while you’re driving, why not try a couple of items such as this one that sits neatly between that pesky spot between the seat on console, or this one that utilizes your car visor to corral clutter.

So what about everyone else in your family…

Dog items for the car

Why not keep a small bin with your pet essentials, such as:

  • portable bowl and extra food and water
  • extra leash and pickup bags,
  • tweezers for tick removal,
  • towel to wipe off mud, or, if you have a swimmer, to dry off!
  • a few toys in case you stop for a spontaneous dog park outing.

One of my favorite items is this waterproof seat cover.

Kid Stuff

Clearly this could be an article in itself, so I’ll just touch upon this here …

Over the seat organizers and seat organizers can be your very best friends, especially during the infant and toddler years! Some are better than others so you’ll need to experiment with what works best for your needs.

Kid essentials include comfort items for naps, adequate snacks for your trip, hygiene items, technology and headphones if needed, wet wipes and more wet wipes! Something for your kiddos to doodle on is always fun as well.

And most importantly … don’t forget a trash bag and start training the kids to use it at the youngest possible age!

About Tricia

Tricia has always had that “knack” for looking at a space and knowing how to make it function better.

After years of helping friends and family to define and refine their spaces in a way that makes sense for their lifestyles, she founded Finely Functional Home Organization to help others achieve serenity and good function within their homes.

She has always enjoyed helping people alleviate difficulties in their lives and feels truly honored to work with people in such a meaningful way. She approaches her work with kindness, compassion, a positive attitude, and a healthy sense of humor, all while gently guiding her clients toward their goals. She derives great joy from her clients’ organizational victories and prides herself in getting even the most reluctant organizer excited about the process.

She earned a Graduate certificate in Technical Communications from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in English (with a minor in Secondary Education) from Bridgewater State University.

She is a proud member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and the NAPO – New England Chapter, where she proudly served on the Board of Directors as Director of Professional Development.


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