Thursday, March 24, 2016

Organize The Car Trunk With A Shelf

Everything you have in your car's trunk will
be so much easier to find with this one
simple addition...a shelf!
My "before and after" trunk.
The back of my car was a mess!
The usual suspects; bags of things to return, 
extra shopping bags, all my "just-in-case" 
stuff. I was rummaging through it all every
time I needed to get something. It was time
to find a better way that worked for me and 
finally get that trunk organized.
First I needed to completely empty all
the stuff out of the trunk.
Here's what went back in...first try.
My car trunk duffel, and a large bag of
stuff to return. I don't go shopping that
often, so they can stay there for way too long. 
In the duffle were my extra shopping bags, a 
first aid kit, a couple of tennis cans; one with
 extra trash bags (for the car and the dog) the
other one stored a plastic picnic tablecloth,
 (for those impromptu car trip lunches), a pair
of old sneakers and flip flops for emergencies,
a beach towel and blanket. Beach
emergencies are common in South Florida.
An extra dog leash and water bowl for our
 Sofie can also come in handy if you ever
 find a stray. 
That arrangement didn't solve my "rummage"
problem. I decided adding a shelf would be a
good solution. I repurposed an old closet shelf
we had stored in the attic and Larry cut it to
 size (46") using a hack saw. It fit nicely
using the wheel ledges as support. If you
 don't have that you can build a support out
 of wood scraps. I used the extra wood
support at the back end.
You can see the end of the shelf resting 
on the inside wheel's ledge. 
It's important that you cover the raw edge 
of the shelf with these rubber end caps so 
they don't scratch the car's interior. 
I had some saved in a jar in the 
utility room. Jars rule!
The top shelf has easy-to-grab shopping
totes, wine bags, insulated bags. Underneath
the shelf are the return bags and duffle. 
The shelf isn't attached so it can be removed
 whenever needed. The lip at the end of the 
shelf keeps things from sliding off. 
Plenty of room for groceries or my
ready-to-go beach bag.
Works for me!

Cheers!

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2 comments:

  1. Rita May, That is so clever. I'm going to try something similar.

    Rita Mae

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  2. Hi Rita Mae, wow our names are so similar. May is my last name. Thanks for stopping by.
    Rita May

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