Today's mission is to declutter your glove box, removing trash and things that don't belong, and then restocking it using the list I've provided below to make sure you've got the right stuff in there.
This mission is designed to be done while working on the Car Organization Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.
The steps for completing this mission are simple and straight forward.
First, open up your glove compartment or glove box, and remove everything.
Second, look at the stacks and piles of stuff that had been in there and throw away any trash.
Finally, third, now put away anything else, most likely back in your house, that does not belong in your glove compartment that had previously been stashed in there. For example, organize or throw away receipts, and file or shred other papers (with a few exceptions I will mention below that should stay in your glove box at all times).
Similarly, condiment packets, hair bands, and more most likely need to get put somewhere else, at least if you've got a whole lot of them.
Anything that you keep in your glove box, just like anywhere else in your car, needs to basically earn its spot to belong in this space.
Below I've created a list of essential and recommended items to keep in your glove box to help you choose the right items to keep in this small space.
Owner's manual for your vehicle (assuming it fits, some of them these days are huge!). This can help you identify what the lights mean that come on, on your dashboard, and simple but important things like the size of the wiper blades you need to purchase periodically to fit your car.
Small flashlight (I suggest a wind up flashlight (referral link) if you tend to forget to replace batteries)
Extra fuses for vehicle lights (these are small, so your glove compartment is a good place to keep them), they come in really handy when you realize a tail light or headlight is out while traveling
Phone charger (you may want to consider a wind up USB phone charger (referral link) if you are concerned about losing power in your vehicle to charge your phone)
Small first aid kit (optional, it depends if you have any first aid supplies in your trunk, and how convenient you want them to be while traveling in the car, since getting in the trunk is more hassle than getting into the glove compartment)
Hand sanitizer or small package of baby wipes (for times like after you pump gas, or similar things, when you want to clean your hands
Paper map of your city or town (yes, I know there is GPS on phones and other navigation systems, but this can be really handy in an emergency)
What do you think should be in your glove compartment? Tell me below in the comments.
In addition, once you do this mission I would love to see how it goes, so please send me your photos here. The best ones will be featured here on the site.
Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?
I hope seeing these instructions have inspired you to clear the clutter from your car's glove compartment.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
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