If you work from your car, organizing your car trunk is as important as an organized office. Consider an organized system for your trunk to manage paperwork, small electronics, gym clothes, and other items used daily. Measure first, then make a newspaper template. Take that with you to the store and arrange containers to fit your space and your needs. With long commutes and active lifestyles, our cars are often an extension of our home or office.
Start by removing everything in your trunk. Toss, recycle or relocate unnecessary items, then set aside the rest. Put together a list of weekly activities. Here are a few examples:
- Feed feral cat community (daily)
- Gym or run (three days a week)
- Carpool children (five days a week)
- Return library books, drop off dry cleaning, etc. (occasional)
- Commute to the city, exercise, return (five days a week)
- Frequent dinners out requiring change of clothes (two days a week)
- Attend board meeting (monthly)
- Errands (two days a week)
If your current lifestyle looks resembles the first list, you’ll need trunk storage for cat food and utensils, a place for your gym clothes and equipment, room for backpacks and a dedicated space for items to return to the library, the store or a friend.
If your lifestyle is more in keeping with the second list, then a long commute means you can’t run home quickly to get what you need. Stash exercise clothes and equipment, a change of clothes and shoes for professional events, materials for monthly board meetings, and a place for items needed for errands like empty canvas bags, coupons, etc.
Take a few minutes at the end of each week to reassess. Toss unneeded papers, change out clothes, and replenish supplies as needed. Finally, make sure you have an emergency supply kit. Include a spare blanket, some drinking water, basic first aid and emergency flares.