Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Organize Your Cars Glove Box

The glove box of my car was always a mess. Finding a good organizing system for the auto registration, insurance papers and other things I store in there, was as easy as re-purposing a coupon organizer.






I found a brand new organizer at my local thrift store for 50¢ that still had the card stock inserts with your choice of months or the alphabet to put into the tabs for each pocket section. You can also find these at the dollar stores.

I removed everything from my cars glove box and organized what I needed to keep in there into my coupon holder.  I have used it for several months now and my glove box is still clean and organized. Here’s how I use it.

I took the papers and items I wanted to have stored in my car and divided them into categories, printed the category names on my computer, cut and folded them over the card stock inserts that came with the organizer before inserting them into the sleeves. Then it was simply a matter of filing my items into the right pockets.

I have a pocket for auto insurance information; this is contact information and towing instructions, etc.. Another pocket for my medical information, my current medical insurance, my medical allergies, and any other info that might be needed in an emergency. I have a car seat in my car and sometimes I forget how to adjust straps and such when using the seat with different sizes and ages of children, so I keep the car seat manual in my organizer. An emergency pocket holds phone numbers of towing services, family cell and work numbers, doctors and pharmacy names and numbers. This is for first responders in the event I may not be able to answer their questions; as well as for me, as in emergencies it is sometimes hard to remember necessary information.

I also keep straws, and sealed packets with plastic forks and spoons in a pocket for the rare but inconvenient times a fast food order doesn’t include these needed items.
Here in Arizona it seems car batteries like to die during the hottest part of the summer. I keep my latest battery purchase receipt and warranty in one pocket, handy if the battery dies when I am away from home because it seems to always do that. 



This organizer is easy to personalize for your own needs. Most importantly, my auto’s registration and my current proof of insurance are always at my finger tips kept in the little pocket on the front of the organizer.
 We love it so much, we put one in my husbands truck too. I would not want to store things in there however that might include my social security number, bank account number, credit card numbers or other information that could be a disaster should your car be vandalized and that information end up in the wrong hands.

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55 comments:

  1. What a clever lady you are Connie. Great idea, thanks for sharing it with us.

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  2. You really are very clever! What a great idea and so well explained! My glove box looks like yours used to.

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    1. I still love it and it's one of the best things I've done to be kind to myself; especially when I need something out of there!

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  3. Smart thinking. If I put one in my car, though, my packrat hubby would have ALL KINDS of things in there that simply wouldn't make sense. Well, at least not to me.

    Thank you for linking to the GRAND Social once again!

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  4. This is brilliant, Connie... I especially love the medical info part. Who thinks of that? What a smart lady. Thanks for adding your link and I most definitely want to feature this post on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop "ORGANIZING" addition this week. Be sure to stop by!

    Sinea

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  5. Great idea. I was just adding the new insurance cards to our glove boxes thinking what a mess they were.

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  6. That's a great idea - but.... (isn't there often one of those?) You mention one of them at the end of your post - cars can disappear, let alone be vandalised. Hence police advice in the UK to keep such info in a safe place at home. Mind you, that does mean remembering to take it with you when you go places! It's academic for me now, as I don't now have a car....but I'd certainly recommend the storage container anywhere for ALL those objects that need to be found in a hurry!

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  7. This is such an awesome idea! I am going to go to the dollar tree and pick one of these up asap! I love to be organized!! Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

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  8. Such good idea! I need this so bad! Thanks for linking up :)

    Jessica
    myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

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  9. What a smart idea - all of our important glove compartment papers are all shoved into the car manual in a big jumble. I was adding the new registration just the other day and thinking it would be a hassle to have to actually dig it out in an emergency.

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  10. When I grow up can I be organized like you?

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  11. Love that you included plastic forks and straws! Thanks for linking up at Talkin About Thursdays.

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  12. We could all use this kind of organization!! We are starting a link-up party on Thrusdays at allthingswithpurpose.com. We would love for you to join us!!

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  13. Thank you for sharing this in The Mommy Club! I'm featuring you later today on my Facebook page! Keep on sharing!
    Crystal & Co

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  14. Oh this is a good idea---something I've not considered before. This is my first visit to your blog. I've just posted this week's new Homemaking Linkup and would love to have you join, if you'd like.

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  15. This is such a helpful tutorial! I need to do this asap! I would love for you to come by and link this or another project/recipe at my brand new link party!! Hope to see you! http://domesticsuperhero.com/2013/03/07/domestic-superhero-sharing-thursday-1

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  16. Love this. I am doing this. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Thanks for sharing- I can always use organization advice.

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  18. What a great idea! You could use this in so many other ways too xx

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  19. I love this idea. My glove compartment is always a mess!

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  20. What a great idea! We all keep the same things in the "glove box" don't we? Just not gloves! Ha ha! Car insurance - check, battery receipts - check, extra straws and salt - check! I am going to do this! Thanks for the inspiration. Catherine

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  21. Time to shine! Share your favorite post of the week at Friday Flash Blog Hop with The Jenny Evolution! Visit http://www.thejennyevolution.com.

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  22. Nice idea. My glove box is a complete mess! I may have to borrow this idea from you to clean mine up. I'm having a link party on my blog and I'd love for you to join!
    http://www.simplydreamandcreate.com/2013/03/simply-create-thursdays-1_7.html

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  23. Your post is being featured tomorrow on my Weekly Wrap Up Post on Road to 31 from my favorite blog posts from this week's Tending The Home Tuesdays! Thank you for sharing!

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  24. This is made of awesome! I have a little "desk" in my car that's all contained in a plastic container, but I have never done anything with my messy glove box, lol! You've given me a great idea.

    I'd love for you to link this up Monday on my "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party, if you'd like! :)

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  25. What an excellent excellent idea! I'm going to do this!

    Thanks for sharing at the Farm Girl Blog Fest this week! We hope to see you again next week!

    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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  26. These is a fantastic idea, I need to do this. What a great idea to put the car seat stuff in their too.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.
    Leslie

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  27. Hahaha ... this is a great post! I have a super organized glove box too and people laugh at me. :)

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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  28. This is a great idea that I need to do! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Wow! I'm impressed with your glove box. I need to do something like this myself. I also keep plastic utensils in mine, and a pair of scissors. But mine is a mess : )

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  30. I am so happy to have you join us today and share this! Thank you so much for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

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  31. What a great idea! I love new organization tips! I am so doing this this week! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

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  32. You are so organised Connie. You do come up with some amazing ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. What great tips! Thanks for sharing your organizing strategy with all of us at A New Creation link party.

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  34. Hello Connie!
    I'm stopping by from the Oldie but Goodie Link Party. I just love this idea - you're so clever! My glovebox is a disaster, and it drives my husband nuts. Thanks for the great tips!
    ang
    jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

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  35. So smart! I totally need to do this. Thanks for linking up to An Oldie but a Goodie party!

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  36. Great organizing! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!
    Monica
    http://happyandblessedhome.com
    hope to see you again later this week at:
    http://happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun/

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  37. Great idea! I'm actually afraid to open my glove box. I might not be able to get it closed again. :)

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  38. Wow, now that's some great organizing. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  39. So clever, I love this! I really need to do this in my car - I can never find anything in my glove box.

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  40. Great idea! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you this Sunday at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-7.html

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  41. Smart idea! Have a great week and Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  42. Love this! We all need to do it that is for sure!

    Thanks for linking up and sharing your projects with us. You are always so inspiring!

    Susie @Bowdabra & SusieQTpies Cafe

    http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/03/09/crafty-showcase-link-up-anything-fun-in-the-craft-project-linky-4/

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  43. I LOVE this idea! My glove box is a wreck...now that just officially went on the to-do list! Thanks for linking up to Motivation Monday!

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  44. Hi Connie, I featured this post on my blog today on our Oldie but a Goodie link party :) http://www.cutesycrafts.com/2013/03/an-oldie-but-goodie-10.html - Jessica

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  45. Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #7!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Also popped over to your FB page to like it and am now following on GFC! Would love if you would follow me back too :)

    Hope to see you again at the party this weekend!

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/
    http://ready2loseweight.blogspot.com/

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  46. What a brilliant idea, especially for knives & forks or even those refresher towels you get from junk food outlets. It would be great for coupons too. Thanks for linking with Eat.Pray.Love.

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