Dear Publishers,
Please feel free to publish the following article (in its entirety) in your  
publications as long as the bio at the end of the article is included and the  
link is made active at websites and if possible, in newsletters.  Please do  
not make changes without permission.  A courtesy copy of the publication  this 
article is included in would be appreciated; my e-mail is 
Messy Car?  Here’s How to Get it Under Control.  
By Monica  Resinger
Speaking from experience, I understand how easy it is for your vehicle to  
become an out-of-control mess.  You use it to go shopping, traveling,  visiting 
friends and family, pick the kids up from school, get to work and back  and 
more.  All this results in empty soda cans, shoes and socks, French  fries, 
hamburger wrappers, chip bags, receipts, loose change and who knows what  else 
rolling around in your vehicle.  
This is not only embarrassing (if someone is allowed to see it) but it can  
slow things down when you can’t find what you’re looking for and can make you  
unappreciative or resentful of your vehicle. Wouldn’t you rather have a nice  
clean car with everything in its place?
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking it’s too hard to keep your  
vehicle clean and organized but really, it isn’t difficult if you apply a few  ‘
rules of the road‘.  To get on the ‘road’ to recovery, begin applying  these 
~ When you get home or to your destination, be sure everything that doesn’t  
belong in the vehicle comes out of the vehicle.  I know, you’re tired and  don’
t feel like doing it right when you get home, but you’re most likely not  
going to feel like it tomorrow either so get it over with now.  Tell  everyone 
that what they bring into the car they bring out of the car the same  trip and 
be sure everyone follows this. If your kids want to take items with  them, have 
them put the items into a backpack or tote bag.  This will make  it easier 
for them to bring in the house when you get home. It will take a  little effort 
to begin with but after a while, it becomes a habit for  everyone.  
~ If you stop for fast food and eat in the car, be sure to throw the  garbage 
away in the restaurant’s garbage can before leaving the parking  lot.  This 
not only saves your garbage space but also leaves you one less  thing to do 
when you get home.  
~ Always have a garbage bag in the car.  You might even want to  include one 
in front and one in back.  Tell everyone the only place garbage  is allowed is 
in the bags and they are not to set it anywhere else even if it is  only 
temporary.  Good triggers to empty your bag are when you are getting  gas, 
shopping or stopped at a rest area or fast-food place.  All of  these places 
provide garbage cans and it’s a great reminder to get rid of  it.
~ It’s helpful to carry a whiskbroom and pan to clean as you go.   Also, keep 
some rags and a spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner to wipe things up  as 
they happen.  Replace the rags as needed.
~ On road trips, make it a habit at every rest stop to do a quick clean up  
of the vehicle.  Dump the garbage in the cans provided, wipe spills or  dust, 
put things in their places and sweep it out.  
Now, get your car organized.  
The best way to organize your car is to be sure that everything is in it is  
needed in the car. So the first step would be to go through what you have in 
the  vehicle and decide if each item is necessary. It helps to have 3 
containers,  boxes or bags to sort the items into. One container for garbage, 
one for 
items  you don't want and can give to charity and one for items that belong in 
the  house. Anything you want to keep in the car set to the side for the time 
Once you have sorted through everything, take the garbage container to the  
garbage, take the charity bag to the charity and put you household items in the 
Now organize what's left - hopefully it isn't too much because cars don't  
have much storage space. If you find the glove box or other containing places 
 the car aren’t roomy enough for what you have left, then you might want to  
double check your items and be sure you really need and want them in the  car. 
 If so, you could go to the store and look in the automotive section  for car 
organizers. There are a lot of different vehicle organizers on the  market. I 
noticed they are now carrying an over-the-seat organizer for  children’s and 
other items.  The important thing to remember is that  whatever you decide to 
keep in the car, be sure it has a home. 
What should be in the car?  First I’ll tell you the must-haves.   In the 
glove box, you should have current insurance card (if you don’t keep it  in 
billfold), vehicle registration and vehicle maintenance book.  In  the trunk 
you should have a spare tire, jack, lug wrench, and battery jumper  cables.  
There are many other helpful things you could store in your car such as a  
first aid kit, flashlight, screwdriver, etc.  It’s up to you what you  decide 
helpful when you’re using your vehicle.  If you keep a lot of  tapes or CD’s 
in the vehicle, consider keeping 4 or 5 at a time in the car then  rotating 
them from the house.  
To summarize, it doesn’t take that much effort to keep your vehicle neat  and 
clean.  Establish ‘rules of the road’, what you want in the car and  places 
for these items and you’ve got it made!
Monica is the founder Homemaker's Journal E-publications, the growing home  
of many fun and informative home and garden e-books, tip sheets, articles and  
more!  _ ( 
Get a  FREE Slowcooker Recipe E-book when you subscribe to Monica's FREE 
e-zine for  homemakers!  To subscribe and receive instructions for picking up 
FREE  e-book, just send a blank e-mail to:  
Feel  free to publish this article as long as the above bylines & this note 
are  included; notification at [EMAIL PROTECTED] (mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]) 
 would be  appreciated.

************************************** See what's new at

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


1. Print the article in its entirety. Don't make any changes in the article . 
2. Print the resource box with all articles in their entirety.
3. Send the Author a copy of the reprinted article or the URL 
  where the articles was posted.

Anything short of following these three rules is a violation 
of the Authors Copyright. 
Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
    mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:

Reply via email to