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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 Extra Large Natural Cotton Laundry Bag 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 Car Garbage Can 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 (AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK) may well be your answer. This car organizer product gets overall excellent ratings.
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 Foldable Trunk Organizercan 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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alexandra @ my urban family says
These are great tips! I keep meaning to pick up something that will keep my trunk a little more organized.
So glad that there are products out there now that are easy to use, not prohibitively expensive, and help out with the organizing.
Kristy as Giftie Etcetera says
These are truly workable and practical tips. We sweep through the car each afternoon for mess and trash, but we do a real sweep on Fridays after school, since the kids have no homework.
Great idea of doing the real sweep on Fridays. Makes so much sense.
Great tips! I may have to buy some seat-gap fillers! What an awesome idea!
Was so impressed when I saw the seat-gap fillers on Shark Tank. Clever, clever.
Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood says
You just made my husband’s day. He;s always telling me I need to find a way to organize my car!
Glad to help and get you brownie points with the hubs!
Amanda @ The Kolb Corner says
Great tips! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!
Love Merry Monday!
I need to keep my car clean!! Thanks for the tips!
Your very welcome! Thanks for hopping over.