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August 20, 2011

How to Organize Your Glove Compartment in 15 Minutes for Under $5

 

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Carin

I don't drive, but the glove box in my husband's car is a mess. I'm always threatening to tidy it up, but the "system" he has works for him.

The one thing that really stood out to me in this post was something you mentioned almost in passing- the disposable camera! Hubby was in a small accident a few years ago (with an uninsured driver- grr!) and could have really used that as evidence. It turned into a "he said, she said" kind of thing and, of course, hubby didn't get a penny compensation, even though she was at fault. Getting one tomorrow!

Jeri Dansky

My glove box currently has

- My car manual.

- A few driving instructions and maps, in a coupon-size poly string envelope. For getting around, I usually just use my iPhone or iPad, or specific driving instructions and maps I've printed out for the day. But there are a few I want handy all the time, like information on how to get to the emergency vet; when I'm stressed out, I don't want one more thing to worry about. And I go there infrequently enough that I always need a quick memory refresher.

- A copy of my Advance Health Care Directive.

- My registration and insurance info. I just took your idea and moved them from the door pocket to the glove box - so now my glove box has all my important papers.

Maureen

Auto manual, insurance and registration, knife and fork - real ones, and a napkin, and a pen.

Aby

@ Carin, thanks for your comment! Sorry to hear about your husbands accident. The camera in my glove box was part of the kit from Buttoned Up. It is a great idea and hopefully we'll never need it. :)

Aby

Aby

@ Jeri,
Thanks for your comment. Thanks for the comment on the car manual. I moved ours from the glove compartment to the pull out drawer on the passenger side so the other things would fit in the glove compartment. (I forgot to mention that in the post.)

Aby

Aby

Great idea on the knife and fork Maureen!

Emily

Love the idea of a pencil box and little file folder. My car could use this stat!!

Katherine M

I have a storage box that is built in above my glove box (so I guess I have 2 glove boxes) and I keep a deodorant for both kids (does away with the "OMG what did you roll in during PE!" reactions), a brush, ponytail holders and a couple of clips for my daughter in case she gets into the car for gymnastics w/o them.

The papers for the car are in the lower glove box along with my maintenance manual. Then the maps and the mini-print phone book are in the pocket of my door.

I'm definitely adding the disposable camera that has been sitting here on my counter next to my computer for a few weeks! The glove box will be a much better place for it! LOL!

Marcie Lovett

Because I don't like to search for things, I have specific places in my car for all the things I keep. Maps go in the pocket on the passenger side, hardly ever accessed. Napkins, which I always seem to need, go in the pocket on the driver's side. In the console are cassette tapes (no CD player in this car), parking/entry passes and an extra pair of sunglasses.

Finally, in the glove box are a first aid kit, notepad, pen, car manual and coupons. I advise clients to keep coupons in the car so that they don't feel frustrated by not having them handy.

hannahk

my glove box is relatively empty ~ we do a lot of long journeys so it's used by my passenger / co-driver during these journeys.
the regular items are car manuals, notepad, pen, tissues, wet wipes and tyre pressure guage with a note on required pressures.

Tool kit, warning signs and first aid, shopper bags, de-icer and emergency oil refil are in the trunk. maps are in the passenger door pocket. vouchers, coins, parking vouchers and entertainment are in the central consol.

I like the idea of the collision check list... will look to add this. I may adapt it to add some details as in the UK we don't carry insurance or vehicle registration documents in the car to help against theft. These are in my central command file back at the house.

hannahk

my glove box is relatively empty ~ we do a lot of long journeys so it's used by my passenger / co-driver during these journeys.
the regular items are car manuals, notepad, pen, tissues, wet wipes and tyre pressure guage with a note on required pressures.

Tool kit, warning signs and first aid, shopper bags, de-icer and emergency oil refil are in the trunk. maps are in the passenger door pocket. vouchers, coins, parking vouchers and entertainment are in the central consol.

I like the idea of the collision check list... will look to add this. I may adapt it to add some details as in the UK we don't carry insurance or vehicle registration documents in the car to help against theft. These are in my central command file back at the house.

patti mc

I have the Honda Manual and service books in the plastic sleeve they came in. And the State farm agent gave us a hard covered binder that hold the insurance card, registration and a check list for what to do in an accident along with other helpful info for if you car breaks down an such. There is also a spot of a tire gage and a pencil. I also keep a flash light in there. The batteries are backwards... just like my dad taught me:) I keep the same first aide kit in there too, with a hotel mending kit and manicure scissors thrown in. I took photos with a disposable camera that was in the car a couple years... be careful the photos I took didn't turn out. The heat ruined the film. I would just use my phone.

Danielle Oakes

I will be organizing my glove box tonight. School starts tomorrow and I keep things in small glove box above the large on for the kids. My teenage boy sits in the front seat. I drive them to school in the morning. My twelve yr old boy sits in the back middle seat, we have a mini van. I keep wisp, for no time to brush teeth emergencies, lip blam, hand lotion, extra pens and pencils, small first aid kit, comb for youngest, he's all about his hair, just little things to make life easier in the mornings if something is forgotten. Glove compartment is a mess right now. I love the plastic school supply box. Headed out to pick up last minute supples for them and that will be on the list for the glove box. I keep a small bin under the little table in between the two front seats that has cough drops, tylenol, ibuprofen, lotion, trash bags, nail files, and extra cash for lunches. Just a few dollars. I love your tips and will be using some of them tonight. I'll keep you posted.

Aby

Thanks everyone for your thoughts! Great ideas here.

Danielle, your car sounds really well stocked! Great ideas here for other things to keep in the car.

PattiMc, thanks for the tip on the disposable camera.

HannahK, I love the idea of adding a note pad...my daughter always wants something to write on while we're in the car.

Marcie, coupons are a great idea, too!

Katherine M, the deodorant is brilliant!

Janine Adams

I think my glove box contains my owner's manual and many Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons, since they never expire. I also have a parking hang tag in there. I'm almost positive that there are no gloves in it.

I don't think I've organized it since I bought the car in 2007! Time to think about doing that. Thanks for the inspiration.

Michelle Traudt

I keep the car manual, extra napkins (which always come in handy) a small travel-size lint roller (also very handy at times), tire guage, insurance card, and a 409 wipe in a little packet. Great post!

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Can't it be free of cost? LOL....kidding. Any ways thats really very great.

Heather

Found this post on Pinterest! I love the idea of taking the buttoned up Collision kit apart and putting the check list with the insurance and registration. Brilliant!

Angela

Interestingly I did a similar thing last year. But I used a small ring binder that fitted into the glove box and used clear pockets etc. within it to store things. I was recycling unused stationery so just adapted it to suit my needs. I also had an extra handbag organiser and so also utilised that for things like you have in the plastic box. I must say I love the idea of the expanding file in the door pocket idea, so I may have to do a revisit. Great stuff as always Aby :-)

Frances Talbott-White

In my tiny VW Golf, the glove compartment space is taken up by an airbag. However, I have storage spaces in the doors (that I think I use pretty well), and a partially lockable tub between the front seats. You've inspired me to work on that space.

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