Alrighty no more fooling around, let’s get those vehicles organized. Of course you know what I’m going to say first right? Empty them! That’s right, start from a fresh slate. Pull out the wrappers, the toys, the books, the games, the garbage, the makeup, the DVDs, the clothes, and whatever else has made it’s way into that vehicle of yours. Pile it into a laundry basket so you can take it into the house and put it away where it belongs when you are done. But not quite yet though, now is not the time to get distracted. Stay focused :)
Take the time to do a vacuum and clean, something that is totally not my forte (to my husband’s standards anyway) so my husband does that job himself. He hates it when the van’s dirty, I hate it when it’s disorganized. We’re a good team that way! :)
Now here’s the fun part. Stocking your vehicle 101. I like being prepared for everything from emergencies, to traffic, to play including a beach stop on an unexpected sunny day.
I have summer stock and I have winter stock that I change out with the seasons. Today since well it’s summer that’s what we’ll concentrate on. First let’s make a list of what we need. These are only suggestions based on what I keep in my van and are in no particular order:
- First aid kit
- Book (for when you are waiting around)
- Hand lotion
- Snacks (granola bars work well)
- Extra garbage bags
- Hairspray (you never know when you might need a little squirt…priorities people!)
- Picnic blanket
- Reusable grocery bags
- Lawn chairs (soccer chairs in our case)
- Change of clothes for younger kids (including extra diapers if needed)
- Toy basket
- Antibacterial wipes
- Baby wipes
- Paper towels
- Receiving blanket (great for spills)
- Sunflower seeds (awesome for keeping me awake while driving!)
- Tylenol (locked in glove box)
- Toilet seat covers (love these!)
- Lip balm/gloss
- Bug spray
Now that you have a rough idea of what you need, we need to figure out a way to store it. This is completely personal preference of course but for now I’ll show you how my stuff is organized. Next week I’ll do a post on various vehicle organizers to give you an idea of what else is out there.
The essentials stored between the front seats using Kool Krates
Dollar store basket under back middle seat for my youngest ~ includes his Kid Kaddy, extra clothes, wipes and toilet seat covers.
I use an organizing bag to store his change of clothes but a ziploc bag would work also.
First aid kit basket (keeps it from sliding all over the place) stored under one of the seats
Sunglasses holder and garbage bag
Back of our van ~ includes portable cooler (in collapsible basket), reusable grocery bags, beach toys and chairs
I hope some of these ideas you find useful. Having a well stocked vehicle absolutely lends itself to staying sane and being prepared. Let me know how you are making out with yours or if you have any questions.
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