Is your car always a mess? Do you struggle to keep it clean while you are transporting your family to school, work and activities? The struggle is real, but it doesn’t have to be! Today’s post includes car organization hacks and tips from real moms to help keep your car neat and clean.
How to Organize your Messy Car
If you have a messy car there is a good chance that:
- You never volunteer to drive for the carpool
- Your husband shakes his head in disgust when he looks inside
- If you drove off the side of a cliff you could survive off the goldfish and French fries on the floor for at least a week (see, you are a survivalist)
All kidding aside, having a dirty and disorganized car is an inconvenience and can be an embarrassment.
Just think of what life could me like if your car was neat and organized:
- Easily find what you are looking for in your glove compartment
- No more melted crayons on the seat the first day summer
- Actually be able to go to lunch with a friend and offer to drive
Recently, I reached out to other moms and asked them to share their best car organization hacks so that we could pass these tips along to you.
The Best Tips and Tricks to keep your Car Organized
Keep your Glove Compartment Organized
McKinzie @ Today Mommy
One place in your car that often gets forgotten is the glove box.
Before whenever I would open mine a mountain of papers would fall out on me. Not so organized…Recently I started using a small accordion file to organize all the documents we keep in the car like insurance information, registration, car manuals, etc.
It is way cleaner and is so much easier to find what I actually need when I need it!
Carry All Tote
Jess Moore @ Explore Life Moore
Just this quick once a week pickup takes 5 minutes but keeps my van from looking like we have lived in it for 5 straight years
I keep one large fabric tote in the back section of my van that things can easily be tossed into.
Once a week anything that is loose in our van – random toys, a somehow misplaced shoe, that ‘part to that thing’ – gets placed in the tote and brought inside. From there it either finds a home or gets purged.
DIY Garbage Can for your Car
Tiffany @ The Crazy Shopping Cart
We put a suction cup on the side window for each kid to have their own garbage can. We keep them lined with grocery bags for easy changing out at each stop.
You could also you this super affordable garbage can made just for cars. It has great views on Amazon.
Back Seat Organizer
Rebekah @ Southern Boy Mom
If you have an SUV or Minivan get a shoe organizer attach it to the back of the seat and use it to store anything you need.
No spare shoe organizer? That’s ok, just grab a set of these:
Headrest Hanger for your Purse or Bags
If you have an infant or toddler, safety experts recomment keeping your purse in the backseat.
We have all heard the tragic stories of infants left asleep in the car.
This tool allows you to hang your purse on the back of your headrest so you never get out of the car without looking in the backseat
Also perfect for keeping the contents from dumping all over the place when you slam on the brakes 😉
Car Caddy/Console Organizer
Avoid ever having to search between your seats for your dropped sunglasses, credit cards or cell phone again.
This car seat caddy fits in the gaps between your seat and the center console and keeps items organized and accessible.
Front or Backseat Organizer
We do a lot of family road trips and the backseat always looks like a disaster by the time we make it to the first rest stop. Toys, snack and crayons everywhere!
This little car organization hack changed everything. It fits perfectly between my two kids car seats and it holds everything they need for a long trip.
It has multiple mesh pockets, and large areas for storing bigger items. I used the front section for snacks and drinks and the back for books, markers, white boards.The kids can grab what they need during the drive without assistance and put it right back without fishing the seat for a easily re-accessible spot!
And the best part.. when it’s not in use or if you need to clear a spot for another passenger, it folds up and can go right back in the box! Super easy! MUST HAVE if you have long drives with kids or just want to keep kids activities in the car!
Lauren @ Simply-Well-Balanced
We have a very active family and find it easy to keep a lot of our items in the car so we always have what we need.
However, this makes the cargo/trunk area super messy and disorganized. I finally found a cargo organizer that was large and sturdy enough to keep everything in place.
I especially love that I can put the groceries in it and avoid the items from falling out and getting squished on the way home.
Keep your Car Interior Dust Free
When my kids were small we always had wipes in the car and I would use them to keep the inside of the car clean.
The only down side was that it often left a sticky residue. Now I use a small duster that I keep in my center console and it works great!
How to Store Sports Equipment in the Car
My children are athletes and our car is full of sports equipment.
Soccer balls and basketballs were constantly rolling around and getting in the way. Now we keep them safely stored and in one place with the ball claw.
Be Prepared in an Emergency
You never want to be stranded on the side of the road without an emergency roadside kit. Especially if you have kids in the car. Keep all of the tools you need in one place with this handy emergency roadside kit.
More helpful car organization hacks from real moms
Toni-Ann @ Real Happy Mom
The only way I keep my car free of clutter is making sure that every time I get out of the car I take something out that doesn’t belong there. For instance, if I see a toy train or an empty juice box I grab it on the way out. I stopped putting things in my purse because I will start a collection in my purse. Instead I keep whatever I took out in my hands and put away as soon I walk in the house after greeting kiddos and the hubby.
A similar strategy works for Katie @ Homespun Habits
Unload the car every time you get out of it. I don’t know about yall, but my kids haul 3 or 4 things each into the car EVERY TIME WE GET IN IT. I”m talking shoes, blankets, ipads, etc. The stuff is everywhere!!! I’ve learned that if everybody grabs a handful of stuff every time we get out of the car it will help with the clutter tremendously!!
Jaymi @ The Salty Mamas
Pick one day a week as your designated car-cleaning-day. Throw away trash, put things back in the house, rearrange your trunk. Use the day to tidy and reset your car. Addressing it on a set schedule ensures that it never gets too bad (so long as you don’t have to move a carseat, that is).
There you have it mama! Tons of practical car organization hacks to help you keep your car clean even if you have kids!
Looking for other tips and tricks to be clutter free and organized with kids?
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