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There’s a law in physics that states: “A disorganized car console will remain in a disorganized state until confronted by an equal but opposite organizational force.”
Is there a part of your day that consistently drives you bonkers? For me it was pawing through this messy console to locate my sunglasses, tissue and gum. It was time to stop the madness!
Even as organized as I am, I don’t put a lot of thought into the organization of my car. Therefore, I found a lot of random items crammed in my console. Let’s take a look at the specimens I collected, shall we?
Let’s see….random papers, mustard packets, air freshener, a Maná CD, latex glove, spoon and napkin, lotion, tissue, tire gauge, and, last but not least, my set of what I call my “janitor’s keys” (I clean houses).
Does your vehicle’s console look similar? Then grab a box and learn how to make your own handy-dandy vehicle console organizer from materials you probably already own!
DIY Vehicle Console Organizer
You will need:
- a small box
- box cutter or scissors
- heavy cardstock or board
- duct tape
- spray paint, optional
Step #1: Find a box that is a close fit to the inside of your console
I come from a long line of box savers. My grandparents used to carefully cut the bottom half off of milk cartons and use them to start tomato plants in, freeze fruit in and store cookies. They were champion box re-users.
I may not save milk cartons, but I sure do love the possibilities in a small, square tissue box. Turns out, such a box fit perfectly into my center console!
Step #2: Remove box top
Very carefully cut away the top of your box with scissors or a box cutter. If your box only has flaps, then just emove the flaps.
Step#3: Add a pop of color
Spray paint the inside of your box if you wish.
So I sprayed.
Step #4: Create divider
To make your box more durable, reinforce the sides of the box by wrapping it in white duct tape. (not shown) I taped mine since it will most likely take a beating.
To create the center insert:
- Using a large piece of sturdy cardstock or cardboard, cut 2 squares to fit diagonally inside the tissue box.
- Cut a slit in the center of the cardstock squares and about two-thirds of the way up.
- Fit the two pieces of cardstock together along their slits to make a “X” shape.
- Secure inside corners of the insert with tape and slide the insert into the tissue box.
Step #5: Fill your organizer!
Since I use them on almost a daily basis, I placed the following items in my organizer:
- Janitor’s keys
- Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice®
Since I can’t stand chewing a soggy, beat-up stick of gum, I was thrilled to discover the new Extra® 35-stick packs. Not only does each package have MORE gum, the gum is kept nice and fresh thanks to a handy, durable container made from recycled materials. (I can only imagine what Grandfather would use the empty container for! Meanwhile, I’m thinking business card storage.)
You can find new Extra® 35-stick packs conveniently located in the checkout line at Target. While you’re there, don’t forget to cash in on extra savings using the Cartwheel app coupon!
Who’d have thought something as simple as a tissue box could simplify life so much? No more rummaging around for my sunglasses or a pen; everything I need is in plain sight and easy to reach. Putting in a little time for organization pays off so much in the long run!
With Extra® Gum, I can Give Extra, Get Extra by conveniently sharing a stick with a passenger instead of digging through a squirrel’s nest only to produce a bent, soggy piece.
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Do you have a fetish for reusing boxes and other containers?
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