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Our cars tend to look like we live in them these days- I know mine does! Between shuttling my kids around, eating on the run, various shopping and errands, mail and other papers, we collect an awful lot of “stuff” in our vehicles. Clutter is never a good idea, especially in a car. It’s important that the driver can focus on the road, and not be shuffling stuff around to make space or be distracted in any way. Thankfully it’s not hard to get this space organized, so that you can find what you are looking for easily and be able to focus on the task at hand much easier- which is driving! If your car is in need of some organizational love, you are not alone! Today I am sharing some tricks that can help control car clutter and to keep your car organized in 3 simple steps.
If you spend as much time in your car as I do, it’s important that it has everything you may need ready to go, but also be neat and tidy. So, are you ready to get organizing and get that car all cleaned up? Let’s get started!
Step One: Clean It Out
Like with any organizational job, the first step is to clean up the mess already on your hands. You’ll be surprised how much trash there already is in your car, ESPECIALLY if you have kids, so grab a couple of trash bags so you can tackle that clutter. One bag will be used for the trash, while the other will be used for any item that you still want to keep in your car eventually, including the papers in your glove box—right now, you just move it out of the physical space of your vehicle. Once you have cleaned it out, then take some time to clean it up! Give it a good washing, in and out, so then when you put back what you need, it goes back into a clean space!
Step Two: Only Put Back What You Need
Once you car is all cleaned, time to put back what you need. Now, before you start throwing everything back in, ask yourself if you REALLY need it. I am lucky and have a bigger car, so I have more than your average space for storing things. If you have a smaller car, you will need to be really mindful of your space and only put back what you really need. Seasonally, what I keep in my car varies, but I do have a standard list of things that are always in my car. These items never leave, since I use them so often. Here is my list of MUST HAVES in my own car:
first aid kit
microfiber cloth (for dusting!)
What do I use all of these for? Well, most of them are self explanatory: lotion, chapstick, wipes, tissues, sunblock, sanitizer– I like to keep mini versions of all of these in my car, just in case. Nail clippers: I use them more often than you’d think. Water (one bottle per person in the family), first aid kit, blankets: all for emergency purposes- the blankets double for use at the pool or beach too! Travel potty: yes, even with kids aged 10, 8 and 6, we have used this! It’s great for road trips and emergency reasons. We don’t use it often, but it’s great to have just in case! Gum: not only for chewing when you have a funky taste in your mouth, but also for little ears on road trips or upset stomachs too! Our favorite gum to keep in car is the new Extra® 35-stick packs in both the Extra® Gum Spearmint flavor (perfect for the kids) and the Extra® Gum Polar Ice® (Dad’s favorite).
These packs fit perfectly in my console and are easy to open and use. I really love the heavy duty recycled packaging. They hold up much better than the paper ones and hold extra gum, so you have plenty to keep and share! With five people in the family, these larger packs ensure that everyone will get plenty of pieces when we are out and about and helps to ensure that we won’t run out!
The new Extra® 35-stick packs are easy to pick up by the registers at Target. Be sure to grab a few when you are grabbing the items you need to clean and organize your car- and don’t forget to check your Cartwheel app for some additional savings!
Step Three: Use Your Space Wisely
When putting items back, think about how you can use your available space wisely. Remember console space, cup holders, door pockets, behind seats, and the back of your car.
In my very back, I like to keep a large basket that can hold my waters, umbrella, snow scraper in the winter and blankets. The basket keeps everything neat and tidy and prevents things from moving around when you are driving!
As for smaller items, think creatively! I always keep plastic bags in my car, just incase we have a kid-emergency. To store them, I repurposed an old cleaning wipe container, covered it in scrapbook paper, and use that to store the bags. It holds many more than you’d think and keeps them looking pretty until we need them. Your Extra® Gum package can even be reused when it’s empty! It would be perfect for storing crayons or bandaids for your purse or car!
If you use your space wisely for the items you need in your car, you will have more space for the items that your kids need, like their backpacks, iPads, books and sports gear bags.
So don’t get your car’s disorganization get the best of you. Clear out that mess and start fresh by adding in back just what you need. Be smart about your space and reuse items for multiple purposes when you can and don’t forget all of your necessities- so that when you are shuttling kids back and forth, you can have everything you need, right in arms reach!