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HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR CAR BOOT – STEP BY STEP
STEP 1 – TAKE EVERYTHING OUT
First things first. You need to be able to know exactly what you are dealing with, and you can’t do that by just sifting through things in the boot.
You need to take EVERYTHING out and start from scratch.
STEP 2 – CLEAN
At this stage it’s worth cleaning the boot completely.
Let’s face it – it’s probably the first deep clean it will have had in a while so it’s a great thing to get done while it’s totally empty.
STEP 3 – LIST WHAT’S ESSENTIAL
You want to truly think about what you will need when out and about to make life easier and safer should anything happen.
These and only these would be your essentials.
I wrote a post a short while ago about this – and out of these items I would suggest that the car boot is the place for the following: –
- First aid kit
- Breakdown kit
- Shopping bags
- Things that will help you transport your ad hoc stuff around safely – such as the STAYHOLD™ Boot Organisers ** (for my review of these please CLICK HERE), and a fold away box
- Change of clothes
- Some weather related larger items such as shovel and larger umbrella etc….
Of course – make the list suitable for you and your life, there may be extra things that you need to consider as well.
STEP 4 – DECIDE HOW TO STORE THE ESSENTIALS
You don’t want the things that you put back in the car boot to fill it up, so also think about the best way to store everything so that there’s plenty of space left.
I like to use the space under the car boot where the spare tyre lives. There is some space around that where we keep breakdown kit, first aid kit and a large umbrella. This frees up the actual boot space for the more often used things.
I also like to have a box in the boot to hold all the other stuff, as it keeps it contained, and I know that we need what’s in there to stay in there.
TIP – don’t have a lid on the box(es) because this will make it trickier to open and find things – have an open top (after all, your car boot has a cover anyway which can act well as a top!)
STEP 5 – PUT ESSENTIALS BACK
So – you’ve sorted the boot out and got rid of what you don’t need any longer (whether that be the bin or to another home), and you have what you DO need alongside how you want to store them.
Simply spend a bit of time now working out where each item should go, in order to maximise the spare space you will have left, and so that you can still grab everything quickly as and when you need it.
STEP 6 – ENJOY!
You’ve done it, and you should be proud.
Now, your car boot is totally ready for your day to day life in a way that will support you rather than hinder you – and that’s a fantastic thing!
It’s so simple really, and actually takes little time to complete – it’s usually just the thought of doing the job that stops us.
I hope these tips have helped, and I look forward to hearing how you get on…