12 Car Organization Hacks You Definitely Should Try
Some people prefer their unique kind of clutter, one that allows them to locate their things even when the items are all over the place. A beautiful kind of mess for them, in a manner of speaking. Meanwhile, there are those who are perpetually organized, those who believe there is a place for everything and everything should be in its place.
When you have a car, however, there isn’t enough space for you to insist on your “organized mess.” The car will be cramped especially if you have passengers, and it may not be safe for you to leave your chocolate bars lying around if, for example, your pet dog is going with you for a ride.
To avoid accidents and for you to simply keep a clean car, take a few pointers below to make your drives comfortable and safe.
Use a Shoe Organizer to Keep Important Items within Reach
Drape a shoe organizer over behind a seat, and stow important items there to keep them within reach. Things like sunscreen, baby wipes, bug spray, or extra diapers stay within reach when you need them. This is especially helpful for families.
Organize a Center Console with a Cheap Popsicle Mold
In many vehicles, open center consoles can become magnets for clutter and misplaced items. Find a popsicle mold that fits the length of your console, and you have instant partitions for stowing loose change, sunglasses, or a remote garage-door opener.
Use Carabiners to Hang Your Purse or Umbrellas
Attach carabiners to the metal extensions on each headrest, and use them to hang your purse or umbrellas, and keep them off the ground of your vehicle. And when an unexpected rainstorm comes, you’ll be ready with a handy umbrella.
Use Tonneau Covers
Tonneau covers are an easy way to make your truck’s bed look neat and organized. Not to mention it protects objects sitting in the bed from would-be thieves. If you have a Silverado 1500, for example, or other pickup trucks, invest in a durable tonneau cover to shield your truck’s bed from the weather, including rain and snow.
Keep On-the-Go Essential Kits Separated in Individual Bags
Grab a plastic bin for your trunk, and in it, stow individual bags that contain snacks, diapers and wipes, or clothes. Make one a first aid kit, stash extra snacks in another, put diapers and wipes in a different bag, and use remaining bags for extra clothes for individual family members. Just make sure to label each one accordingly.
Plastic Bag Storage
These are needed from time to time when on the go, and they can be hard to corral. Our suggestion is to use an old cube-shaped tissue box or a tall cylinder-shaped cleaning wipes container (that’s been dried out) to hold extra plastic grocery bags.
Prevent an avalanche of papers and essentials when you open your glove box by instituting some simple techniques. Use a zip pouch to hold plastic utensils and a plastic sleeve to hold your registration and car insurance information. That way, those papers won’t get wrinkled while stowed away.
Reusable Bag Storage
Stow a covered plastic tub in your trunk with reusable grocery bags so you won’t forget to bring them in the store.
Organize Small Items, Such as Phone Cords or Hair Ties
Repurpose a travel Q-tip container, and use it to keep small items, such as hair ties and smartphone charging cords, organized.
Line a Cardboard Box with a Plastic Grocery Bag to Keep Trash Contained
Sturdy beer boxes work well for this, but any kind of rectangular box that’s not too wide will do: either remove the flaps or push them inside, and line the container with a plastic grocery bag. It works well for holding trash inside the car, and it’s easily emptied by removing the bag.
For Meals on the Go, Use Dollar-Store Bins or Trays
Trying to hold a meal on your lap is never fun. Use a dollar-store bin (the ones with the handle in the middle) to hold fast-food items and keep them contained. It’ll help prevent drink spills too.
Keep a pump bottle of hand sanitizer in your door compartment to quickly clean your hands after pumping gas, going grocery shopping, or hitting the rest-stop bathroom.
Put these car organization tips into practice, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing everything is in its place. After all, a clean environment enables you to think clearly and focus on what you’re doing at the moment, which is driving. Driving without any distractions, in turn, allows you to drive safely.