How to Organize Your Car

Learn how to organize your car in 3 easy steps!

Having a cluttered car is just as bad as having a cluttered home. The clutter stresses you out, you feel embarrassed to have others in that space, and you can’t find things when you need them. Taking time to de-clutter and organize your car will not only make your commute more pleasant, you’ll actually feel like you’re driving a car and not a mobile storage unit. I have 3 steps that will help you get your car in shape.

Step 1: Toss the trash

Grab a trash bag, search through every space both inside the car and in the trunk, gather the trash, and toss it out. There are many small trash bins you can use in your car, here is one you can find on Target.com.

Step 2: De-clutter and organize the interior of your car

There are a lot of small spaces for clutter to hide inside of a car. Start on one end of the car and look inside each compartment. Make sure to go through every area:

  • Glove box
  • Door spaces
  • Under front seats
  • Console
  • Cup holders
  • Side pockets
  • Change holder
  • Under back seats

The best way to organize any space is to keep like with like. Give purpose to each compartment and only store the items needed for that purpose. For example, you can store auto manuals, registration, insurance information, and a flashlight in the glove box. You can use the center console for storing personal items such as tissue, napkins, hand sanitizer, mints, etc. Make sure you have a space for your sunglasses, chargers, your kids’ stuff, and other items you need stored in your car.

Here are a few products that will keep your car organized, especially if you have kids:

 

 

Step 3: Organize the trunk

The trunk can easily become a clutter trap. I often tell my clients to embrace empty space. Take everything out of the trunk and put it into “like” piles on the ground. Now, decide what you really need in the trunk and then only put those items back. Use a trunk organizer to keep items in place. Try to keep everything you need in the organizer and as little as possible outside of the organizer.

Here’s an idea for a trunk organizer:

Just like our homes, our cars need to be cleaned out on a regular basis. Take a few minutes each week to de-clutter and organize your car.

 

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on September 18th, 2017 in Blog

Back to School Organizing

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Back to school organizing tips for a smooth start

Organized students have a sense of control over school life, they are less stressed, and they have more time for extracurricular activities. Here’s a list of back to school organizing tips that will get you and your kids off to a great school year.

  • Set up a homework area and stock it with school supplies. This provides a place where your child can concentrate and stay focused.
  • Set up a school paper system. This is a system for organizing paperwork that will be kept at home, not in the backpack. Use a desktop file box or an accordion file to hold handouts and graded school work. Create a file for each class, for sports, and for other activities.
  • Organize the backpack. Set up a system for traveling paperwork using a binder and folders. Assign areas in the backpack for school supplies and personal items. Have your child set aside time each week to clean out their backpack so that it stays clutter free.
  • Use a planner. Keeping track of assignments, tests, due dates, and extracurricular activities helps your child stay on top of things. Have your child schedule a time each week to plan and schedule activities. Time management is an important lifelong skill.
  • Organize the locker. Use a locker shelf and to keep the locker organized and easy to manage. Before each long holiday, have your child bring home the locker contents in a bag, then have them sort and purge items before they go back to school.
  • Create a Family Command Center. This is a landing pad for school paper that kids bring home. Place a basket or tray in a convenient spot to collect anything your child brings home for you to see, sign, or file. Set up a desktop file box near the paper tray and use it to file paperwork for reference. (Learn about my Paper Piles workshop).
  • Create a Backpack Zone. When the kids get home from school, chaos happens fast! Designate a space to place backpacks, shoes, and jackets. This makes it easy to find these items in the morning.

For information on our student organizing services, visit our student organizing page.

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

 

- Posted on August 8th, 2017 in Blog

Summer Go Bags

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There are so many fun activities to do during the summer months. Imagine choosing the days activity and then having what you need ready to go at a moments notice. No packing, no wasting time looking for what you need, and no anxiety trying to get out the door.

Pre-packing what you need for summer outings will get you out the door in no time. Create a basic go bag and then customize as needed.

 

Basic Go Bag (works for the park and non-water activities)

  • Hat/sun visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking shoes and socks
  • Blanket
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with SPF
  • Bug repellant
  • Wipes/Wet Ones
  • First aid kit
  • Brush/comb and hair ties
  • Zip Lock bags (great for wet or sandy clothes)
  • Phone charger
  • Water and snacks
  • Coloring books and color pencils/crayons (if you have kids)

Beach and other water activities
Add:

  • Swimsuits
  • Beach towels
  • Flip flops or water shoes
  • Shampoo and shower gel (for rinsing off salt water and chlorine)
  • Water and sand toys (if you have kids)

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

 

- Posted on June 10th, 2017 in Blog

How to Repurpose Your Eyeglass Cases

Repurpose your eyeglass cases and turn clutter into something useful.

There are many good reasons to repurpose unused items from around the house. You save money by using something you already have; you avoid purchasing another item to store in your home and possibly cause clutter; and you put your creativity to good use.

As I was driving home from the optometrist with yet another pair of reading glasses, I realized that I have more eyeglass cases than glasses. So, I thought that I would give those extra eyeglass cases new life and repurpose them. The great thing about these cases is that you can put them in your purse, backpack, luggage, or car. Here are a few ideas on what you can do with your old or unused cases.

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Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

 

Call for a free phone consultation

 

(562)833-4577

 

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- Posted on May 26th, 2017 in Blog

Tips for Spring Organizing

spring organizingSpring is here and this is the perfect time to think about spring organizing. I have a few tips to help you get off to a smooth start on your spring organizing projects.

Plan your spring organizing project

You will save time and energy if you do a little planning before you start your spring organizing. Start by creating a to-do list of all areas you want to organize, be detailed and include every space in each room to be worked on. Next, get your supplies ready. You’ll need cleaning supplies; trash bags for holding trash, donations, and items to sell; and a sharpie and labels or a label maker to label bins and other containers if needed. Also, schedule a donation pick up or drop donations off within a day or two.

Organize one space at a time

It can be overwhelming when you start an organizing project, make sure to choose one space and complete that space before you move on to another. You can start with an area that frustrates you the most or start with an area that people see when they first walk into your home.

It’s ok to start small but be consistent

No need to start in the largest room in the house, starting small can still make a large impact. Ease into the organizing process by starting with a closet, pantry, or even a junk drawer. Starting small also means keeping organizing sessions short. It’s ok to organize for 30 minutes versus a 3-hour session. What matters is that you are consistent and do what works for you. Create a weekly schedule for organizing your home and make sure to stick with it.

Overcome de-cluttering obstacles

This is basically all the excuses you may come up with to keep your stuff.
Somehow our clutter stresses us out yet when it’s time to let it go, we realize how attached we are to it. Just remember that if you don’t give up enough of your clutter, you won’t see or feel a difference in your space. Write down your reasons for organizing your home and then post it on the wall in the area where you are working, this will serve as a reminder for why you need to let go of things you no longer love, use, or need.

Incorporate organizing systems into your home

Keeping your home organized is a daily task but incorporating the right systems and following the right rules makes leading an organized life so much easier. Organizing is not a cookie cutter process, what works for one person may not work for another. So if that product you saw on television or that system your friend is using isn’t working for you, don’t feel badly. Find products that are easy to use and meet your organizing needs. Here are a few organizing principles that may work in your home:

  • Be decisive – when you bring things home, decide by the end of that day where those items will be placed.
  • One-in-one out – when one thing comes into your home, one thing should leave. This works great for clothes, clean out your closet after bringing home new clothes. If you buy 5 items, eliminate 5 items from your closet.
  • Clean sweep – spend the last 5 to 10 minutes of each day tidying up. No major cleaning, just put everything in it’s place so that you do not have to deal with it in the morning.

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on April 3rd, 2017 in Blog
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