Organizing the Trunk of Your Car

On average, Americans spend one to two hours in their cars every day, and having it clean and organized makes the times spent there, less stressful.

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Organized is Safer

Safety is a good reason to have a well-organized car. Items left loose fly around like small missiles during accidents or if braking hard. These projectiles can cause injury to passengers in both the back and front seats. Besides flying objects, a cluttered car causes driving distractions, a top reason for injury and fatality accidents. People remove their hands from the steering wheel to fumble for things in the car. By keeping the car neat and organized, you remove the temptation to reach for something while driving, making the trip safer.

Remove the Excess

Start with the organization, removing everything from the car, including the messy glove box, side and back door and seat pockets, and child car seats. Keep what’s needed, like title and insurance and other necessary items.

De-Junk the Trunk

Once you organize and clean the trunk, start de-junking the trunk. It’s amazing how much useless weight we carry in the trunk without realizing it. It’s like transporting another passenger in your car. Start by removing anything you don’t regularly use, leaving only essential emergency supplies. Store lawn chairs and car cleaning supplies somewhere other than the trunk.

Remove and store seasonal supplies, like snow and mud traction equipment until that season or if you take part in off-road activities. Take a hard look at what you store there and if it’s not essential, remove it. By shedding the extra weight, you improve wear and tear on your tires, and it gives gas mileage a boost, saving money with each mile driven.

Car Essentials

Once you finish de-cluttering, vacuuming, and cleaning, it’s time to organize the essential items in your car. The list below shows what we consider necessary items for cars. Add to the list, what you consider your essential personal car items. The finished list gives you a storage map of where to store your items and the amount of storage you need.

General Supplies

  • Owner Manual for Your Car
  • Car Registration
  • Insurance Paperwork
  • Writing Pad and Pen
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Charger for Your Phone
  • Trash Bag or Holder

Emergency Supplies

  • First Aid Supplies
  • Single Use Camera
  • Extra Change
  • Water and Packaged Food Snacks
  • Hat, Coat, and Blanket
  • Jack and Spare Tire
  • Road Kit with Jumper Cables, Tire Patching Kit, and Flares

This list covers the essentials always needed in a car. Anything else depends on your family’s needs. Tissues, DVDs, CDs, trip games and toys are necessary for families with children, just remember to keep the items to a minimum, only carrying what you need. For those with young children, try using soft or cloth toys when possible.

Organizing Tools

Once you have your supplies together, need containers to keep things organized. Avoid using organizers that hang over the seat due to possible injuries during sudden stops. Use seating organizers that anchor to the seat bottom or a non-moving car part. For the trunk, look for compact and customizable trunk storage and organizers. Collapsible organizers help keep groceries and supplies, secure in your trunk and fold up for easy storage.

Finally, a Machine that Folds Your Clothes for You!

folding clothesNo one can argue the fact that we live in a world of comfort and convenience. Instead of having to beat our clothes on rocks at the river to get them clean, we can simply throw them into a box and push a button. Cooking food takes minutes instead of hours with microwaves quickly replacing conventional ovens. Overall, just about any task that once required time and effort is now performed quickly and easily by a gadget or machine of one form or another.” If only they would make a machine to fold clothes” I hear you say? Well, guess what, they have! Finally, there is a machine that will fold your clothes for you!

Affectionately named ‘FoldiMate’, this new piece of heaven sent technology is about the size of a traditional washing machine or clothes drier. Able to stand on the floor or stack on another machine, the FoldiMate is a machine that uses robotics to carefully and neatly fold and stack an assortment of clothes. Just feed your clothes into the laundry machine looking unit and let it do its thing. Or rather, let it do your thing for you!

This technology is actually nothing new, however. Not only do such machines already exist, but they have been in use for many years. After all, those shirts that come neatly folded in plastic sleeves on the store shelves didn’t fold themselves. Nor did an underpaid, overworked person painstakingly fold it. Rather, a large, industrial sized machine with robotic technology folded that shirt, and countless others, before it was placed into the plastic and sent on its way. In a way, this is usually how technology finds its way into the home. Innovations for industry get downsized, and thus, made available for the average person.

One of the immediate drawbacks of new technology is the initial expense. It is estimated that the FoldiMate will cost about $850, which is a chunk of change for most people. However, there are a few things to consider before turning your back on this marvel of laziness. First, the FoldiMate is built to last. While the average washing machine or drier can last 10 years or more, the FoldiMate is virtually guaranteed to outlast even that. The main reason is that there is so little in terms of parts that can need repair or replacing.

Second, all new tech starts out more expensive. VCRs cost a month’s wages or more when they were first introduced. Now, however, you can pick up a run of the mill Blu-ray player for little more than a day’s wages, even if you work at a fast food joint. The same will apply to the FoldiMate. Once the tech is revised, and cheaper ways to produce the units are discovered, then the cost will doubtlessly go down.

Unfortunately, the FoldiMate is not yet available for purchase. The good news is that this will give you time to save up for one! Even though it may seem expensive, it will cost less than $80 per year over its lifetime, and that is a small price to pay for true, unhindered laziness!

Tips on Keeping Pests Under Control Without Using Harsh Chemicals

ants at home

Whether you live in the city or in the country, bugs and other pests can be a real problem in any home. While there are plenty of items available in stores to combat these creepy crawlies, most of them involve poisons and other harsh chemicals. Using such harsh products is never a good idea for any home with tiny beasties as they can cause serious health issues in pets and children alike. This article will present several tips on how to keep pests under control without having to use harsh chemicals or poisons.

Tip 1 – Always keep surfaces clean

Whether it is a counter top, a table, or the sink itself, any surface that is not kept clean will eventually attract bugs of one type or another. Thus, the first rule of thumb is to always keep all surfaces clean of dirt and debris. A wet cloth is all that it takes to remove any particles from a surface. Disinfecting cleaners will obviously protect against germs, but these aren’t necessary for simply repelling insects and other pests.

Tip 2 – Always keep floors clean

This is true for both carpeted floors as well as linoleum or wood floors. With any floor, always clean up any spill or mess right away. Leaving even the smallest amount of crumbs or debris will serve to attract pests, and once they are in they will be hard to remove. By cleaning any spills immediately you will significantly reduce the chances of insects coming into your home in the first place. Using a hand held vacuum for carpets is ideal, as this will guarantee a deep, thorough cleaning of any spill. A damp cloth is all that is needed for any non carpet surface.

Tip 3 – Use nature’s readymade defenses

Anyone who is familiar with gardening will know that certain plants can actually serve as a deterrent to certain animals and insects. Lavender is a natural protection from scorpions, while thyme and basil are good for keeping flies away. Not only can natural herbs create a barrier for pests, they can make any house smell fresh and fragrant as well. Additionally, most herbs are fairly easy to care for, and they will add an element of life and color to any décor.

Tip 4 – Call on your allies

We are not alone in disliking certain insects or other pests. The truth of the matter is that every insect or rodent has a natural enemy. Whilst it is old news that a cat will keep mice away, what isn’t commonly known is that certain bugs and birds will keep away unwanted insects. Thus, plant flowers and plants that attract the bugs and birds who will eat those undesired pests.

Final Words

It is true what the old sages used to say, that nature has a remedy for all things. Sometimes that remedy is preventative, such as keeping areas clean, and other times those remedies are more reactive. Either way, following the tips in this article will help you to keep pests at bay using natural solutions that are safe for your small beasties!

How to Remove Carpet that is Waterlogged

One of the worst disasters for any homeowner to face is flooding. Whether it is due to a natural phenomenon, such as a hurricane or extreme rain, or whether it is due to burst pipes or some other accidental cause, flooding is devastating to any home. Not only can it destroy wood floors, plaster walls and any type of ceiling, but it can leave carpets completely ruined. One of the most difficult jobs in cleanup is the removal of waterlogged carpets. This article will present several easy to follow steps on how to remove carpet that is waterlogged as easily as possible.

wet carpet

Step 1 – Cut the carpet into smaller, more manageable pieces

What makes removing any carpet harder than it needs to be is that many people try to remove the whole carpet intact. If you intend on saving the carpet, then perhaps that is necessary. But even then, only perhaps. In the event that you are disposing of the carpet, then there is absolutely no reason to keep the carpet in one piece. Thus, the first thing you need to do is slice the carpet into smaller pieces that can be easily removed and transported. Another benefit to cutting the carpet is that it makes it easier to fit the carpet into whatever receptacle you are throwing it away in.

Step 2 – Roll the carpet sections

If you choose to cut the carpet into longer sections, then you can roll these sections up. This makes them far easier to carry, and also reduces the amount of space the carpet takes up when transporting to the dump site. Rolling the carpet can also help to remove a certain amount of excess water, which will help to lighten the load.

Step 3 – Use two people whenever possible

If possible, work with at least one other person while performing any type of heavy duty cleanup. This will prevent situations where you have to move loads heavier than your comfort zone. Two people lifting each section of carpet will make the work not only easier, but safer as well. Safety should always be your top priority, and so every measure to avoid injury should always be taken. In the event that you find yourself working alone, never attempt to lift waterlogged carpet. Even the smallest of pieces will be far heavier than normal due to the amount of absorbed water. If you have to transport waterlogged carpet on your own, always drag the pieces, never lift them.

Step 4 – Remove any carpet hardware

Any carpet hardware, such as thresholds or tacks, need to be removed as well. These pieces are not designed for long exposure to water, and most will rust as a result. When replacing carpet, always replace all elements.

Conclusion

Following these four easy steps for removing waterlogged carpet will help to make it a safer, more efficient task. As always, make sure that you make safety your top priority. As bad as the situation is that requires this cleanup, it will only get worse if you injure yourself in the process. Stay safe, and best of luck!