Organizing Life

Organising Chaos – Car

Dear Readers, I hope you all are well. I have got an excellent feedback on Organizing Chaos series on the blog. Just as a reminder, we have already been through 13 parts. In case you have missed out on any, following are the links:

Organizing Chaos:
Part 1: De-clutter your life
Part 2: Finance & Asset Management
Part 3: Paperwork & Books
Part 4: Handbag & Wallet
Part 5: Wardrobe
Part 6: Footwear
Part 7: Cosmetics
Part 8: Kitchen
Part 9: Bling
Part 10: Toilet & Personal Hygiene
Part 11: Phone, PC, Office & DVDs
Part 12: Travel Kits
Part 13: Legal Documents
Part 14: Car

Today we will be talking about cars in this organization blog. Like most men, papa loved cars. His favorite past time was to clean his cars inside out. Many of our weekends were also spent helping him. He would vacuum clean from the inside, wash and shampoo from outside and clean the bonnet inside out. All the mats were washed and dried properly before being put back in. After that, a new scent used to be hung in the car. He also loved installing unique gadgets in the car like a knob on driving wheel for easy manoeuvre, and a tissue paper holder on ceiling of the car.
Out of his three daughters I was the Tom Boy who loved playing with dinkies from a very young age. Once I started owning cars, I have also inherited the need to keep them clean (especially from inside). These days car interior cleaning wipes are available which are great for cleaning/polishing steering wheel, dashboard etc.


My cars in the UK (Rover, Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot and Toyota Yaris)


Most cars these days come with a lot of compartments. These can be arranged properly according to your needs. Following are some ideas which have worked for me over the years:



Check list for glove compartment:


  • Car Registration book, your license copy, your CNIC copy
  • Emergency contact information
  • Paper map of your city or town. (So you can always find your way)
  • Driving or winter Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Small Hand cream
  • Sanitizer (To clean our hands anytime)
  • Mints &¬†sweets
  • Panadol¬†tablets¬†(for any emergencies)
  • Small perfume/body mist
  • Wet wipes (These are very handy for random cleanup.¬†e.g. Roll paratha in the car,¬†check engine oil or pet a stray dog)
  • Small diary and pen¬†(for writing details like when was last oil change, alignment, battery change done)
  • Envelope with emergency cash
Car necessities:
  • Car scent (hanging/attached on the AC)
  • Phone charger
  • Aux wire/USB for music


Back seat List:
  • Folded scarf for Namaz
  • An abaya if I have to go to¬†strange places
  • Small sized folded Fleece Blanket
  • Shades for windows (in case its too sunny)
  • Foil for windscreen
  • Extra pair of comfortable pumps




Boot List:
  • 2 Big bottles with water (in case you have to fill up engine¬†water anywhere)
  • Car cleaning cloth

I hope this post was helpful. We are reaching the end of Organizing Chaos, if you have any ideas for posts in this series, please don’t hesitate to share your ideas.

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