Do you feel like you live in your car most days? Does it look like you live in your vehicle, even when you do not? If you have kids the lived in look is a definite. From food wrappers to lonely socks, it is amazing what can be found in a car with a little digging.
Here are 6 Car Organizer Tools and Tips to help tame the vehicle chaos and restore order.
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The number one organizational problem in cars and trucks tends to be clutter. It magically piles up and multiples, rolling back and forth on and under seats.
1. Once a week have each member of the family make a sweep of the seat(s) that they usually sit in for trash and miscellaneous items that need to go back in the house. For your family members who need to tote athletic gear and other items for extracurricular activities, give them a laundry bag that they can keep their stuff in and easily move in and out of the vehicle. Something like the Household Essentials Natural Cotton Laundry Bag Extra Large is great because when it gets dirty you can just pop it in the washer.
2. Make a place to stow trash in the vehicle. A trash can designed with autos in mind is so helpful, especially if you are often taking kids from place to place. I know that a number of DIY trash bins can be found on the web, but I prefer something specially designed and tested for automobiles for the safety benefit.
The Drive Car Garbage Can – Auto Trash Bag, Plus Liners Kit is nice because it can be strapped in various locations in the front or back of the vehicle and comes with disposable liners so that the trash can itself does not get all gunked up. You may also find it handy to keep a pack of baby wipes in the glove compartment or console should you need them for cleanup.
3. Prevent unintentional under the seat slippage. I suspect that many people’s cars are just like mine in that the space between the front seats and the console is like a black hole. Everything from coins to french fries seem to get sucked down that black hole. If you can relate to constantly having to fumble around under your car’s seats looking for things, then the Drop Stop – The Original Patented Car Seat Gap Filler – Set of 2 (AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK) may well be your answer. This car organizer product gets overall excellent ratings. I am looking forward to installing it in my car very shortly.
4. Tame the trunk roll. At a loss of how to stop the clunk, clunk, clunk, of groceries and other stuff in your trunk. A car organizer such as the Home Basics Foldable Trunk Organizer, 31.5″x12.6″x10.2″ can make a big difference. It is expandable with a sturdy structure for carrying.
5. Keep the kiddo gear compact. For those Mommy and Daddy Taxi’s out there. You know who you are! Keeping kiddo stuff handy while traveling is critical. Storing it all in one place cuts way down on the backseat mayhem. This Cozy Greens® Backseat Car Organizer is a clever solution that easily attaches and detaches from the seat and is built to withstand vigorous backseat kicking my the little ones.
6. Simplify glove compartment paperwork. Each year when you put new insurance and registration cards in your vehicle, remove the old ones from the glove compartment. While there, take the time to remove any unnecessary clutter that you find. That way you do not get a paperwork and trash pileup.
As you can see, these simple, easy solutions will go a long way towards keeping your car organized and your sanity intact.
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