Corralling the Junk in Your Car

Is it just me, or do you all have crap accumulate quickly in your cars? I clean it out, turn around, and BAM its full again. It doesn’t help that I basically live out of my car most of the time, so I’m always carrying a sleeping bag and blankets, along with a reflective rain jacket (for work), a change of clothes, extra socks and sneakers (in case I have to respond to a call and I have sandals on), and other assorted car stuff I’ve shoved in the back.

Basically, it’s a mess. We took the Fireman’s nephew to Peaks Island a few weeks ago, and I had to literally scramble to find a space for him to sit. That’s just awkward when a 13 year old tells you your car should get organized. Come see me in a few years when you’re driving, buddy.

Anyways. It was my uncles birthday a few weeks ago, and I was scrambling to find a basket to put his presents in. I found one at TJ Maxx, but by then I’d also bought one at the Christmas Tree Shop and it wasn’t worth it for me to go back and return it. I should mention that the two stores are literally RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER. If that’s not ultimate laziness, I don’t know what is.

OHMYGOD ANYWAYS. I had this basket, and a car full of crap that desperately needed to be corralled.

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Please pardon more laziness by the fact that I couldn’t be bothered to change my lenses out and decided to shoot with a 50. My bad.

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Here’s the basket I started with. Not bad, but it was a little bit too “I hold diapers in the nursery” for my taste, so I easily changed it up.

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First I taped off a section in the middle, with grocery bags (as one does), and then painted the remaining weave with Rustoleum’s Navy Blue.

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After I let that dry for a bit, I taped off more in the middle and sprayed that with some white primer I had on hand. Immediately after I painted it, I peeled the tape.

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It’s totally crooked and not perfect, but it’s for my car, so I’m not as concerned as I would normally be.

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Right now, it’s full of blankets and a rain jacket. I don’t mean to sound like a Stark, but winter is coming, y’all (Game of Thrones anyone…? No? Awkward…). And our bases are freaking COLD in the winter. Plus I never know if I’m going to have to stay over, so it’s just easier for me to be prepared.

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It’s perfect for the seat. And when the time comes, it can hold whatever I need…food, bottles, bags, etc. The nephew would approve.

PS…we got hooked on Game of Thrones by a coworker. The Fireman is so involved in it sometimes that the nerd in me does cartwheels. For someone who’s never even SEEN Harry Potter, I’m thrilled.

PPS…Harry Potter’s next.

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