Organizing Tip #10

• 05 May 2008


Clean your car weekly.

Because my daughter's kindergarten has "curb service", the teachers are seeing the inside of my car on a daily basis. You'd think this would be motivation for me to keep it clean every day to avoid embarressment but somehow I still show up most days feeling like a mobile trash can. It really is amazing how junk accumulates in a car. Kids like to save everything...at least mine do!

This organizing tip is really for me. I'm making a goal to be better about maintaining my car and keeping it clean. Last night I spent a good 30 minutes vacuuming it out, throwing out trash, wiping the dash & other surfaces. It felt soooo good to tackle this little project. I am setting a goal to clean my car weekly. As I get better at it, I can see it only taking 15 minutes at a time and that does not feel like a major committment so I hope I can follow through. Only time will tell...

If you want to make it more fun, turn on the car and play some music while you wipe down those car seats :)

Oh, and if you are feeling really ambitious, check out this idea for organizing your car's trunk. Consider it a form of emergency preparation!

Recap

#1 Make your bed each day
#2 Clean out your closet (take out everything not worn in past 12 months)
#3 Clear off kitchen counter tops (remove anything you don't use 2x weekly)
#4 Clean out your car
#5 Unclutter your mind--start writing thoughts down right away to relieve stress
#6
Find ways to organize in one minute or less (purse, drawer, etc.)
#7
Place a pretty dish on dresser tops and nightstands to collect jewelry, loose change, and pocket paraphernalia.
#8 Gather up recipes and clipped magazine pages and throw them all into one accessible binder for easy meal-organizing.
#9
Sort mail immediately...preferably over the trash :)


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