Accessorizing my new car

10 October 2013

I bought a 2008 Honda CR-V about a month ago. It replaces an older Honda Civic. I realized I need more room to carry around the supplies I use on my team jobs. (Incidentally, I bought it on Craiglist, and it was an excellent experience.)

I love my new car—it’s a top-of-the-line EX-L so it has a posh feel about it. I’m most excited about the heated seats. I immediately started thinking about how I would organize it (I’m still tweaking that), which took me to Pinterest, of course.

I started a car-organizing Pinterest board and then suppressed my impulse to head straight out and buy organizing solutions. I realized I really needed to give it some time to figure out what my organizational challenges are with regard to my car before buying anything.

But there was one thing I knew I needed: A wastebasket. (The passenger front seat filled that role all too often in the Civic.) And I had the perfect solution right inside my house. Here it is, in the car:

A felted knit basket makes a great car wastebasket

It’s a felted basket I knitted a bazillion years ago. I knit it for the fun of it, without a real need for the finished object. My cat, Joe, liked sleeping on it, so it was usually squashed and covered in cat hair.

Now it has a place of honor in my car, between the center console in the dash. It fits the space perfectly and even blends in color-wise. Its wide-open top makes it easy for me to toss in a protein-bar wrapper when necessary and also makes it easy for me to see when it needs to be emptied.

I have to say: this makes me happy. Eventually, I’ll be purchasing some supplies for organizing the cargo area of my little SUV. And when I do I’ll post about it here.

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Love your trash can! One habit that I use and recommend to our clients to help keep a car tidy and organized is to empty your trash receptacle every time you fill up with gas. They have large waste cans right there, you have the time while you pump the gas into the tank and the ‘trigger event” (getting gas) makes it effortless to remember the new habit.

Happy New Car!

Debbie Rosemont 10/15/2013 09:05 PM

Any chance that you have a link for the pattern that you used for this bag?

KB 12/08/2014 06:33 AM

KB, I’m almost sure it was from the first Mason Dixon Knitting book. It’s a pattern for three nesting felted boxes. Happy knitting!

Janine Adams 12/08/2014 09:54 AM

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