An Organized Car… Really!

With four kids I often feel I live in my car. With that comes a lot of mess. Here are 5 ways to keep your car clutter free from Diane Kahler of Organize You, LLC.

We all spend so much time in our cars. For some, we spend several hours at a time in our car. We take kids from one place to another, run errands , go to and from work as well as vacations. No wonder for some of us they have become our second home. But unlike our home, our cars aren’t big enough to carry all of our stuff on a daily bases. We can however keep the things we need at our finger tips and still have it be organized.

Here are my tips for maintaining a neat and organized car.

 

1st) You will need to first take everything out of the car, (that means the things that are in the glove box, ashtrays and trunk area) Throw away all trash. Then, using the same method when organizing a room, creat three piles: things that don’t belong in your car, things you use in the car and emergency items.

2nd) Ask yourself how you use your car. Do you use it for business (maybe your a salesperson who basically works out of your car). Are you a busy mom running from place to place. Maybe you’re a Realtor who takes clients to view properties. Do you mostly stay around town or do you use your car for road trips.

3rd) Go through your three piles you created and figure out what are the most import things to you. What do you need to keep at arms reach. What are the things that you have to have in your car but can be put in the truck. Are these things seasonal items, can they be stored on a shelf ? You really don’t need a snow brush in your car during the summer months.

4th) Figure out what you need to contain all those items so that you don’t have to hunt for a pen and paper, or my personal favorite look for your cell phone that has fallen under the seat. There are a lot of storage products out there for all sorts of different needs. You might want to check out The Container Store or Target for ideas.

5th) Place those items in your storage containers. Need tissues but don’t want to have a big box lose in the car. Try a tissue holder that fits on a visor, or a tissue cup. Don’t put anything on the floor (not even a trash bag). Once you start, it is too easy just to keep adding to it.

Diane Kahler

Organizing You, LLC
303-885-8898
dkorganizingyou@gmail.com

Diane Kahler, lifestyle organizer and owner, is a busy mother of two who has taken organizing to the next level. She uses her unique experiences as an artist, photographer and corporate trainer to inspire others to create organizational systems that are uniquely designed just for them!

 

Meet Isabelle Attai

This summer I will celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary. I have been blessed to have experienced lots of laughter, some tears, support, frustration and unity. Now I want to celebrate many healthy years together in the future. When my husband expressed that he wanted to change some health habits for the better I knew just who to help guide and educate him, Isabelle Attai. Thanks Izzy for supporting Wade in his 27lb. (and counting) weight loss! Now he is sending me quinoa recipes!

5 Wellness Tips for your Active Lifestyle

Spice up your active lifestyle this spring by following a few wellness tips. Create new goals for outdoor fun and sports, looking great in bikinis/mankinis, and keeping kids energized to avoid the dreaded “What are we doing now?”

1. GET UNCOMFORTABLE- Avoid getting stuck in your ways because it’s the path of least resistance. Get uncomfortable until it becomes comfortable. We tend to cling to what we know because it is easy and predictable, and those are comforting thoughts. The problem is that comfort provides a false sense of security that holds us back. Commit to remove yourself from patterns of behavior that are not productive–lose the night time eating, stop putting off exercise because everyone is more important than you, etc.

2. HYDRATE- Water is free and essential to thrive. Invest in a 16-25 oz PBA free water bottle and commit to refilling it 4xper day. Too much? Then start with refilling 2xper day. Just initiate the habit, that’s what’s important. Drink purified or distilled water to prevent a build up of fluoride, arsenic and other water toxins when possible. Water increases energy and immune functions, decreases fatigue and cramps, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, and much more. Don’t leave home without it!

3. PACK SNACKS ON THE GO- Maintaining energy at all times is a must to perform your best in all manner of activities, and is a basic foundation for mood stability. Always combine protein with carbs. Consistent snacks between meals will help maintain blood sugars, increase metabolism, maintain concentration, and will overall make it easier for you to stick to healthy food choices throughout the day by managing the snack attack urge. Good snacks should be between 150-300 calories depending on your goals and activity level. Some of my favorite “On the go” snacks are:

1. Protein bars or shakes-Favorite: Usana Nutrition Bar-160 calories, 12 grams of protein, low glycemic, gluten free, GMO free

2. Snack packs of unsalted raw almonds with carrots or cucumbers

3. Apple with mozzarella cheese stick or Justin’s individual peanut butter packs

4. Hard boiled egg and fruit (grapes or berries) or celery sticks

5. Lower sugar granola and milk box (Udi’s has gluten free and low glycemic granola)

Bring a small cooler in the car with an ice pack and keep it cool during the warm weather.

4. EXERCISE PROGRESSIVELY- Create a realistic, repeatable routine, and then build your strength and/or endurance by increasing variables such as time, intensity, load, and/or number of repetitions. Don’t worry about those crazy TV ads showing folks nearly dropping dead from exhaustion in the latest miracle death march workout.  Start slow, and prudently increase variables as you become more fit. If you are already an athlete, gradually push the boundaries of your comfort zone by varying the intensity of workouts from day to day, trying new classes or forms of cardio training, and increasing your anaerobic threshold by working out longer in zone 3 or 4 twice per week.

5. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY- Seek Balance: Stress, emotions, self-doubt, lack of exercise or too much exercise, and poor diet all manifest themselves in the form of physical symptoms-fatigue, illness, and injury. No pain no gain is a sports slogan that has little to no grounding in the science of wellness. Each person is different, and every day is different. Sometimes you need to puck up the pace with exercise, and sometimes you need to tone it down for sustained and maximum results. Are you sore or fatigued from workouts for more than 2 days? If so maybe you are overtraining and need to take down the intensity. Do you feel pain? Listen to your body and avoid injury and over training. When you feel hungry do you reach for fuel of junk food? If you are not familiar with the signs of over-training, or think you may be training too lightly, call me. I can help you find the balance you seek.

Izzy Attai is a Wellness Coach & Certified Personal Trainer optimizing lifestyle choices in fitness, nutrition, and mindset. I customize wellness solutions based on where you are in your health journey. Contact me at izzyfit@me.com and visit my website and blog at www.izzyfit.wordpress.com