Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Car Information Binder

So, I have a HUGE flaw.  I know, I know, you're all saying, "what, Priscilla has a flaw? Why, she's ever so perfect and awesome and super!"

You guys say the sweetest things.

Here's my flaw: Every year, for as long as I can remember, I forget to renew the registration on our car.  Every flippin' year.  And do you know what always reminds me to pay it? A police officer.  Funny enough, he's always pulling my husband over, not me.  So really, my husband is to fault for any tickets we might accrue, even though I'm the reason he gets pulled over in the first place.  Still, his fault.

So this time, the ol' hubster gets pulled over and the police officer is really nice and just gives him a warning... but during the traffic stop he is asked to show insurance on the vehicle.  And he was met with this:
Can you even tell what this is? It's supposed to be a glove compartment... I mean, I think that's what the car makers call it.  I call it the never-ending pit of papers.  Do you see a P-Touch users manual on the bottom-right side? I DON'T EVEN OWN A P-TOUCH.  This was a problem.  So I figured out a solution.

I went to Staples and used some Staples Rewards to buy a binder and a pouch.  The binder is a mini binder, which could be the cutest thing I've ever seen.
Then I cleaned out the pit of never-ending papers glove compartment and piled all the stuff on my kitchen table.  It actually groaned under the weight.  While cleaning it out, I found an air freshener, probably three years old.
I opened it up and it still smelled like a coconut bay.  Like I'd really know what that smells like.

Anyhoo, I found the pertinent papers and threw out the junk.  I put the good stuff in the binder and put a little label on the front.

Do you see the straw in the corner there? That was from the glove compartment.  It's probably seven years old.  I'm going to throw it a birthday party this year.

And now? The glove compartment is immaculate.
Oh, and I got the registration renewed. Although I make no promises next time.

I want to see pictures of your glove compartments.  I showed you mine, now you show me yours.  We can commiserate and share our war stories.


  1. Oh my gosh, I couldn't stop smiling...even if you don't remember to pay registration next year, at least your glove compartment is organized. (smile)

  2. You see, I have the binders and even those plastic sleeves, but I just can't seem to motivate myself to do anything worthwhile.

  3. My old car's compartment was stuffed full of CDs (many not even in cases... :-S), torch, etc. etc. We don't have to carry our insurance documents in the car here.

    My 'new' car is a Peugeot, and has the world's smallest glove compartment. You couldn't fit a single CD in there. I have a mini first aid kit, a torch and a chamois cloth (for wiping off foggy windscreens). That's literally all that I can cram in there!

    I never used to be able to find car documents. I nearly couldn't get rid of my old car as I lost the owner documents!! The previous owner of my current car had a folder similar to yours with all the service papers, recipts for repairs, etc in there. I keep all the owner documents in there too now (insurance is online only, so no papers to lose there!).

  4. Haha! Glad I'm not the only one! I'm actually afraid of our glove compartment. Stuff always jumps out at me when I open it. Had to last week cause my stepdaughter needed a napkin and I think I saw stuff in there from years ago! Whats worse is that Suburbans have a middle console and that is jam packed too! I never venture into the middle console...ever! I wonder whats all in there. It's mostly my husbands stuff...at least thats what I tell myself.

    Ok...I'm cleaning it out tomorrow. If it's not too cold out. Lol

  5. Too funny!!! I was looking for my nametag for work and dug through my glove compartment last night. It wasn't too terribly bad, but I did have about a year's supply of napkins in there- you know when the fast food restaurant gives you too many, so you stick the extras in the glove compartment? Also about 7 straws, so don't feel bad about yours. :<}

  6. Mine keeps essentials like insurance and registration in a little book that came with the car. The glove box does sometime hold gloves (who knew?) but I often (without the 't') keep it full with napkins and ketchup - just in case :)

  7. You are so serious about it. Awesome! If my car could shout, surely I am pissed off by now. I am motivated. Thank you!

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