Thursday, March 27, 2014

Car Organization

Car Organization

Even though it’s officially spring, many more moments of fresh air, flowers, and mud are about to come. You and I (and every other person on the road) may be getting that feeling of “Ukk!” when we get in our cars. We all need a winter blues over haul on our vehicles. Maybe you’ve found things under your seats you didn’t even know existed; yet somehow your family got a hold of it and decided to stash it. Cleaning is the first step to get your car ready for those park excursions, road trips, sports, and vacations. Let’s make some lists of needs in your car to accomplish the overhaul. We will break your car down into 4 sections.

Before we break down the sections, here are some general tips for keeping your car clean:

·         Keep a garbage bag or bin in the front and back seats

·         Empty your car of all trash and clean-up the back seat every time you pump gas

·         Make sure that your kids bring in all of their items every time you arrive at home

Section 1: This area needs to be in perfect order at all times. Safety is first while driving. Let’s be honest, if your child hands you a sticky juice box to throw out, you probably don’t pull over to safely place it in the garbage can. Let’s say you do what most moms do - accept the juice box and the gross stickiness that comes with it. Now you need hand sanitizer without having to take your eyes off the road. That is where I come in. Here’s a list to help you out.

Things needed in arms reach of a mother:

  • Grocery Bags (put in side pocket on door)
  • Garbage
  • Pen and Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Notepad
  • Nail file
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Healthy Snack
  • Lotion
  • Tampons
  • Tissues, napkins (or a roll of toilet paper)
  • Baby wipes
  • Mints
  • Hair ties and clips
  • Chapstick

First, clean your console and leave only the items you’ll need when driving. Then, a great way to keep the items of this list organized and in-reach is to use a pen holder in your console. Make sure its small enough that the top of the console can shut (same thing applies to the height of your antibacterial pump – you don’t want it squirting every time you close your console!). How you arrange the items in your console is SO important to keeping everything where it should be without everything caving in when you pull one thing out. Arrange small items in one section next to larger items that will not be pulled out (e.g. the pencil holder and antibacterial would not be moved). Also, if you have dash board holders, use them for smaller items and leave the console for larger items.

Section 2:

The glove compartment should not have gloves in it - a man named that one! The glove compartment should have items you need while you are in the front seat of your car, yet you should not need to grab while driving. You should have some of these items in your glove compartment:

  • Pain reliever, adult and kids
  • Backup Medications
  • Small First Aid kit
  • Phone charger (normal and card outlet)
  • Flash light
  • Lint roller
  • Emergency info in a Coupon Holder:-

·         Contact information with phone number

·         Registration

·         Insurance details

·         Copies of driver license of you and significant other Remember, this does NOT replace the actual driver license card. This is an emergency measure in case you have to leave without your wallet. For identity security reasons you may choose not to include this information..

·         4 or 5 small notes with insurance details and contact information that you might need to exchange in case of an accident

·         Emergency contact numbers

·         A few dollars in smaller bills in a small envelope.

·         Pen and note pad

Section 3:

     There are many clever ways to organize the items in your seats, but always remember that the main point of seats is to let people sit in them!

     An underutilized area that I really like to use for storage and organization is the back of the front seats. This is especially important, not only for storing personal items you need to drive, but also for storing items that will keep your kids occupied in the backseat. Happy kids don’t pose safety issues and distractions like screaming and kicking the back of the seat! Back of the seat organizers can be a life saver. They can hold a snack, drink (something non-staining, like water), some toys, wet wipes, and diapers. Even if you don't have kids, these back of the seat organizers can be wonderful. They can hold the stuff you often use, like tissues, umbrellas, maps, etc.

     When organizing your car, please take into account the chance of a car accident. Make sure these items are securely fastened to the seat and that they won’t fly out easily. Also, don’t put items on the seat itself that can be moved in an accident. If you have bucket seats, you can always use a side pocket holder. There is a company here in the Lehigh Valley called Super Car Seat Geek. They will inspect your children’s car seats to make sure they are installed correctly – free of charge. Visit them at

While I haven't discussed them much, make sure you don't forget to organize and declutter these additional areas in your car's interior:

  • Side door pockets

  • Built- in ash trays or small holders for stuff throughout the vehicle (These are a magnet for kid trash. Vigilantly declutter them!)
  • Cup holders

Section 4:
      The trunk. What a marvelous place to have! When I was shopping for my car I told my daughter to climb in them and roll around (which made the experience so much more fun for her),  and tell me if she thought she could sleep in it. If she could sleep in it, it was an option, because the trunk is so important to hold all you need for an emergency, convenience situations, and for your daily haul.

      If you have small ones, you should find an appropriate sized box and keep it stocked with paper towels, Lysol wipes, gallon size trash bags, extra diapers, the Fisher Price Potty-on-the-Go (worth its weight in gold…actually it’s very light), and a backpack with back-up clothes and socks for everyone. This is needed for a little one’s accident, which happens so often.

      Carrying around those particular things is not as necessary now that my child is a bit older. If your circumstances have changed like mine, you may have graduated to kids' sporting events and may need folding chairs instead of some of the other items. Bottom line – be prepared for any outing!

Items you may want to keep for emergencies and first aid:

  • Basic first aid supplies  
  • Some water bottles, snacks hand warmers, a deck of cards.
  • Weather related supplies: blanket, umbrella, ice scraper, sand for traction, spray deicer, etc.
  • Auto supplies: fuses, jumper cables, tire jack, properly inflated spare tire (most likely your car already has a place to hold one of these)
  • Safety supplies:  map, flares or reflector triangles, flashlight, extra batteries

All of these items can be stored nicely in milk crates that are zip tied together, so you can have open space in your trunk. Enjoy your car. Enjoy this spring. And above all, enjoy your sanity!

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Newsletter

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This winter has had me feeling the winter blues more than most winters. I feel like most of us can agree that it has been extra snowy, and we are ready for spring. Revitalize with Rebekah is no different, so we are getting ready for spring with our Spring Fever! This is the discount that rolls out every spring to help people to afford spring cleanings, clean outs and get theirs lives back to being organized! So get your 'Spring Fever' List ready and call us now so when the windows open, you don’t have to wait for an appointment!

Organization Idea of the Month


So who feels that their entry way has become a disaster this past winter season? Between school items, gloves, hats, jackets and shoes, everything you need seems to be piled right at the front door. How annoying? Seriously.
To have an organized front door 3 things need to be looked at.
1. Every item needs to have a place. Pick everything up off the floor and put it on a shelf or in a basket.
2. Each person has their own designated area. A basket or a shelf to keep ll their stuff to eliminate the last minute search for....whatever.
3. Make sure it doesn’t get over loaded. Add it to your weekly 'to do' list to go through all the stuff on the shelves or in the baskets to cut down on the accumulation.

Cleaning Idea of the Month

            This past week I have started to get the itch for spring cleaning. I felt trapped without the windows being opened, and I decided to take my kitchen floor on. Constantly mopping my tile floors leaves me with dirty grout.  The tiles may have been cleaned regularly but the texture of the grout makes it seem impossible to get clean every time. So here is what I did. I changed my mindset from cleaning my floor to, TEARING UP my floor. I took a trip to the store and planned on spending no more than $10 and an hour of my time. I purchased a rough scrub brush with hard bristles, a bottle of vinegar, a bucket, and 2 large containers of Bon Ami. And I embraced that this was going to be my workout for the day.

            First I swept the kitchen and did a general cleaning. Then I took a vinegar water solution in a spray bottle and sprayed the grout all over half of the kitchen floor. I then went down one row of grout in a single direction and sprinkled the Bon Ami right onto the grout. I started at the top of the grout line and I just started to scrub with my weight into the brush and just scrub back and forth with a quick motion. I then moved myself 3 feet down and continued till the entire single row was done. Which took no more than 1 minute. I did the next row and the next until I had done half of the kitchen grout going in a single direction. So I then grabbed my mop and clean bucket and mopped up all of the Bon Ami powder and paste thoroughly. I then sprayed the perpendicular grout lines on the same side of the kitchen and I continued the process.  

            I took a step back and saw the difference and that was my motivation to take the next 30 minutes and finish the job and repeat again. I understand that my daughter will come and spill her chocolate milk and she will explode a ketchup bottle on my fresh clean floor. It’s ok. But at least I know that my floors will be easier to clean in the future because I kept it up. This is life.
Craft of the Month

            So now is the time you should be thinking and prepping for your garden. One of the things that may be an afterthought is vegetable markers. People use so many different things. Popsicle sticks, rocks, spoons, paper labels and everything in between. So here are some ideas for markers for you. But remember, you should have 2 markers for every kind of fruit or vegetable you are growing. One for each side of the row, or where it starts and where it stops.

Healthy Idea of the Month

I know that snow is still on the ground. And I know that spring seems so far out, however, it WILL be soon! Hold hope! It is not too far away. The only way I know how to escape the winter blues is to prep for spring, and spring for me means my garden! Ok, I have a black thumb. No seriously like I have never been able to keep plants alive, so if I can garden, you can garden. I am no expert but amazingly when I put seeds in the ground things come up! God knew idiots like me were going to try to garden at some point so he made it relatively easy for us. I have learned a few things over the years  so here is my 'To Do', and 'Not To Do' in terms of seeding.
You need open space in front of windows or you need florescent light bulbs. They are great. However I do “put my seeds to sleep” at times which I feel gives them the natural feeling of what is to come. I have used an old yogurt container (with holes in the bottom) which works, but is messy. Do not use the biodegradable cups because I have always seen that they don’t biodegrade quick enough. So I am left with having to dig them out again and destroy the root to make an opening for the root to grow out of the container. This also includes egg shells (which is great in compost). But honestly I think those “expert gardeners” invented those self watering seeding containers you buy at home depot or Lowes with the clear plastic lids on top. Because they work great. They have a strip of cloth that waters the bottom of the seed trays so I don’t over water them, and then the plastic container holds the moisture and keeps out the children. And I have been reusing mine year after year.

Now I plant way too many seeds, many more seeds then I need. Because lets do some math. This is not a realistic number because I have a small family; but I am just giving you an example. I plant 100 bell pepper seeds, 25 of them never sprout or die during the seeding process. Then during the transfer I lose another 25 because transferring them does hurt them. Then some weeds pop up that I missed or an area doesn’t get enough sun and I lose another 25 plants. So at the end I am left with 25% of what I planted. Now some people think that may be an insane amount of plants to loose from seeding, but this is what happens when someone who is not an expert gardener, gardens.
Now that I have discouraged you from planting let me give you some reasons why you SHOULD.
1. It gets you closer to the earth you love
2. Lower produce bill in the summer
3. Reasons to love on neighbors and friends with extra produce
4. Children see you work and they love to help
5. You can have actual organic food