If your car looks anything like mine, it’s full of random pieces of trash and forgotten projects I’ve left in the car for far too long. In an effort to de-clutter my life, I went looking for some car organization tips. Here are my favorites!
The first step in organization is deciding what you need in your car at all times and then making sure it’s visible. This idea from DIY & Crafts combines both. A shoe caddy you would normally hang over a closet door fits perfectly in the back of the car and helps you find everything you need super easily.
Ikea Hackers had this awesome idea: You can use a remote holder to put essentials in and as a bonus, it stops things from falling in the crack between seats!
If you have kids that like to draw while you’re in the car this idea from Pedals and Pumps will work wonders for you! You can get these makeup bags for around $1 at most stores and use it to keep all their art supplies organized. The pockets inside work great for crayons or colored pencils as well as their paper to draw on.
The people from the Williams Honda Car Dealership had a couple of really good ideas. The first was to use a shower caddy to organize fast food you might get on the road. It’s not 100% foolproof, but when it comes to kids, what is? Using a shower caddy is also a great idea if you have pet supplies you want handy, or as a divider between kids in the backseat.
The other really good idea we got from the Williams Honda site was to use a cereal box as a garbage can. It helps keep it upright and contain those smells.
Safety is always important in the car and here is one of the best ways we found to organize your emergency essentials in the car. Thanks Clean and Scentsible for the idea! Just use a duffel bag! You can fill it with a first aid kit, blankets, flares, water, and literally anything else you might need in an emergency. Just toss it in the trunk and you are good to go!
We found this awesome tip at Best-b2b to use a backpack as a makeshift desk. If you add something that is semi-sturdy to the unzipped top of the backpack it should hang perfectly on the back of a front seat. Use it as a drawing surface, meal table, or something else. The possibilities are endless!
Use an old Kleenex box as a storage container for plastic bags like they did at Space Wise Organizing. The boxes fit well in your car and help keep the bags accessible in case of any accidents, trash, or even those stinky diapers.
Harvest Moon by Hand had an awesome idea to organize your snacks in a craft box. Instead of jewelry parts, fill it with whatever snacks you and your kids like.
Keep the essentials in your glove-box organized with a small accordion file. Now your license and registration is easy to find if you ever need it. Go to the Everyday Organizing website for more information about what you can put in each slot.
I Heart Organizing showed me an option of transparent mesh bags with durable plastic labels on them that help make travel kits even easier to do. Check out their website for all the awesome things she did with them!
Here’s an idea I’m really excited to see if I can do for myself. The genius behind The Golden Adventures of a Very Dark Horse has an awesome tutorial for what she calls a “sunbathing companion.” It’s an easy way to keep those things you’ll need for a day trip handy and easy to carry. Go to her site for the full tutorial!
The Mom at While He Was Napping brings us this tutorial for what to do with all those small items floating around your glove compartment and car. It’s an easy DIY, check it out!
I found an awesome tutorial on Instructables.com that shows how to make a pop-up shelf for the back of your car. It looks super easy to do and doesn’t cost a lot. I may have to use this idea in the near future. Check out the website for the full tutorial.
I found this idea on eBay. It’s a hook that attaches to rods in the headrest, that you can then use to hang your purse, groceries, or anything else you would rather not have rolling around in the backseat.
Another cool gadget I found at Bed Bath and Beyond is this “catch Caddy.” It fits in the crack between your seats and helps you to never lose things in that pit again!
Command hooks are my absolute favorite storage accessory and this idea to use them to hang a garbage bag is pretty ingenious. Thanks for the idea, Mommy Savers!
This last idea comes from here, it’s a list of 101 things to do with the Timeless beauty Bag. It’s such a versatile thing and I think it works perfect for over the seat storage in your car.