Is car clutter driving you crazy? (Sorry, that pun was intentional.) If so, you’re not alone. Automobiles of all sizes have a well-known tendency to attract and hold clutter.
You already know you need to remove all the stuff that doesn’t belong in your car–that’s the simple part. But what can you do about the stuff you really need to keep handy when you’re in the driver’s seat? I’m talking about necessities: sunglasses, cell phone, tissues, pen or pencil, notepad, cleaning wipes and whatever else you want to be able to reach easily while you’re behind the wheel without taking your eyes off the road.
Fortunately there are auto organizers designed to keep those necessities right at hand yet out of the way. Here are three I recommend for conquering car clutter:
- The Driver Cup Auto Organizer fits in any cup holder and features a rear cord port for charging a cell phone, three soft pockets (fabric-lined for safe storage of glasses and small personal electronics), and a mesh front pocket for holding ear buds, change or cash. The rubber cord port lets you easily charge your cell phone or MP3 player while you drive.
- Another space-saver is the Driver Pocket Auto Organizer, designed to hang from the dashboard vent via a two-way clip. It has one large pocket with rigid sides to keep it open, plus a small front pocket; both pockets are lined with padding to protect your electronics.
- A larger option is the Automobile Catch-All Organizer which fits neatly on a seat, console or floor of any size vehicle. It includes a large main section with a movable divider; two outside mesh pockets; a corner pocket; and a lid with Velcro closure. Reinforced sides keep the unit sitting upright, and bottom grip-strips make sure it stays in place.
For more tips on this topic, read “Keeping your car clutter-free.”
Ah, the classic junk drawer. Filled with items that you just know if you ever discard them, you’ll finally need them. A jumble of seemingly useless yet occasionally useful odds and ends.
An organized junk drawer may sound like an oxymoron–but think about it. How handy would it be if you could quickly find whatever you needed, instead of wasting time rummaging around and getting sidetracked by things you forgot you had?
Junk drawer organizers are available in a variety of configurations. The best ones offer some type of flexibility. Here are five effective types of junk drawer organizers:
- Double-decker. The Junk Drawer Organizer consists of two trays: a sliding top tray that’s about half the size of the bottom tray. Together they comprise 22 individual compartments of various sizes. Decals are included that can be used to designate specific sections for a variety of items such as pens and pencils, notes, scissors, stamps, and screwdrivers. The trays can also be used side by side for more drawer coverage.
- Modular. Interlocking Plastic Bins are useful for creating a completely customized drawer organizer. The bins come in various sizes and feature an interlocking lip so they can be easily joined together.
- Sliding. The Acrylic Expandable Drawer Organizer is a clear tray with multiple compartments, designed to slide on drawer sides to allow quick access to items in the drawer space below. The tray features square rails to fit on drawer side frames measuring one-half-inch thick, and expands to fit in drawer spaces measuring 11 to 18-1/2 inches wide. The clear acrylic lets you see what’s in the drawer beneath the tray.
- Adjustable. The Bamboo Adjustable Drawer Organizer includes three removable dividers that can create anywhere from six to 13 storage compartments.
- Dividers. The Expandable and Adjustable Kitchen Drawer Dividers kit components include a pair of spring-loaded dividers that fit in drawers measuring 17-1/2 inches to 21 inches long, plus three additional slide-in dividers that provide for greater custom organization.
For more types of drawer organizers that can help you get your junk drawer in order, read my earlier post on makeup drawer organizers.
Summer’s here–time to tuck away all those heavy blankets, comforters, bedspreads and quilts. Easier said than done, of course, especially since they should only be put away clean. And getting them laundered or dry cleaned is a job in itself.
At least you won’t have to lose any sleep over how to store them. Here are four different types of effective blanket storage solutions:
- Zippered storage bags. A classic solution, especially if you have adequate storage space. The extra-large Canvas Blanket Bag is a good example–it has a clear side and zips on three edges for easy access to the contents. At 26 inches by 21 inches by 10 inches, it’s roomy enough to accommodate a king-size comforter and duvet cover. Zippered under-bed storage bags are also useful for blanket storage.
- Vacuum seal storage bags. To fit more blankets into less space, Jumbo Vacuum Clothes Bags are an efficient solution. These clear, heavy-duty double-zip bags allow you to compress the contents by using your vacuum hose to pull out excess air. (You can also remove air by hand, but the vacuum does a better and faster job.)
- Blanket hangers. The Comforter and Blanket Hanger features extremely sturdy chrome wire construction designed to support the weight of even the heaviest comforters. Providing 15 inches of hanging space, the open-ended design makes it simple to retrieve or hang any large folded materials. The hanging rod includes a non-slip rubber sleeve to prevent covers from falling off.
- Quilt racks. If you’d just like to be able to grab extra blankets easily, a quilt rack is a handy option. This type of blanket storage solution also allows you to display afghans, quilts and throws. The antique-style Quilt Display Stand has three bars, and each bar can be used to hang at least one blanket.
More types of blanket storage solutions can be found here.