But as I’m sure you have found out, this is much easier said than done. Changing the habits you already have isn’t simple either..
1. Car Seat Organization
If your day is divided among driving to various activities, keeping the inside of your vehicle organized is essential.
Nevertheless, most car manufacturers don’t think about this too much, offering little more outside of cup holders and the occasional mesh bag on the back of a front seat.
But there are a ton of ways you can take everyday items and convert them into little organization hacks while on the road.
For example, you can use those hook keychains (called carabiners) to hang grocery or hand bags from the car seat headrest. That would stop them from rolling all over the floor while you drive.
Also, look at what suction cup shower caddies can do for kid’s items:
Source: Grey House Harbor
Now, I’m sure you agree that although functional, these hacks don’t have the most aesthetic appeal. If you care at all about your car’s ambiance, they do seem a little bit off.
In part, that’s why we created our Car Seat Organizer that you can check out here. It’s our own way of covering several of these hacks with a nice-looking, durable and versatile solution.
2. Keeping The Car Clean
Who says garbage bags are for the home and long road trips only? We found a few ways to make a car bag or car trash can that you can always keep in your car:
- Store plastic grocery bags into a tissue box
- Use a cereal container with a small trash bag inside
- Use a paper gift bag with a plastic grocery bag inside as a trash can
- Put a wall hook on the side of your car to hold the bag
The nice thing about these hacks is that they can be achieved by using everyday household items.
The downside is that they’ll do little to prevent things like spills or bad smells. Also, they’re not very durable.
So we designed our own Car Trash Bag that is leakproof, easy to clean, durable and has a hanging handle that fits all car models.
3. Emergency Car Kit
But it shouldn’t be about road emergencies only. Having a little kit with things like baby wipes, bandages, scissors, a lighter, can also be extremely helpful when you're on the go.
Stick this inside your trunk organizer, and you're all set!
4. Trunk Organizers
Speaking of trunk organizers...
Your trunk is completely new territory when it comes to car organization because you can fit so much more in them. But most trunks are just barren spaces. Carpeted, yes, but they usually lack aids for organization.
That’s why people at Instructables.com have come up with things like this:
Amazing isn’t it? It’s a DIY Pop-Up Trunk Shelf. You can learn how to build one step by step here.
If you’re not that comfortable with power tools though, you can always check out our very own trunk organizers. They are collapsible, so they can be taken in an out of your trunk very easily.
That way you’ll still have that vast space that does come in handy when you need to haul very large items, but you can organize the space and keep smaller items together too.
For even more trunk organization, you can hang up shoe caddies in the trunk and get something called a ball claw (this really exists!).
5. Car Cleaning Hacks
Apart from organization, a common source of stress during a busy day is cleaning up.
Whether it’s an accidental spill or just a little dust that is driving you crazy, you don’t have to wait until your next car wash visit if you carry one or all of the following:
- Coffee filters can wipe the interior of your car:
- Dead bugs can be wiped from your grille and bumper using dryer sheets
- And finally, you can use a foam craft brush to dust the A/C vents
Car cleaning is a big pet peeve of ours too, so we created a Car Duster and Microfiber Cloths to do some really easy, deep cleaning. Clean those hard to reach spots, wipe the dust off the dashboard, clean any spot... and then toss them in the washer!
They're durable, reusable and flexible. Plus you can just keep them in your glove box for easy storage.
6. Create Your Own Mudroom
Of course, car organization doesn’t stop with your car. If you and maybe your kids have busy schedules that require you to leave the house several times a day, your entryway is a hot zone for clutter.
Depending on where you live, you may have a mudroom, an entryway, a coat closet or all of the above.
But a mudroom in particular is a great way of preserving the cleanliness of the rest of the house (because you leave the mess here), and it can also be a great space for storage.
But what do you do if your house doesn’t have a mudroom to leave all the mess in?
Well, you can design your own! For example, Kim Bongiorno over at Care.com used two streamlined media centers with double doors and hidden shelves to store her family's shoes:
7. Entryway Hacks
But perhaps you don’t want to go as far as to creating a whole mudroom out of your entryway. There are still various subtler ways of improving your entryway that are bound to make a big difference in your life.
Like these creative ideas:
- Use pipes on the wall to place shoes when you arrive home
- Create a one-wall hall organizer with crates, planks and hooks
- Use a ladder leaned against a wall for a shoe organizer
And don't forget... this is the perfect place to keep your trunk organizer when it comes inside.
Investing Time To Save Time
While many of these car organization hacks may seem a bit time consuming to implement, remember that they can make a big difference in your life.
Not only in regards to saving time, but making a better use of your space and simplifying your life.
These are just some of our favorite ideas that we've found to be useful.
Just have a good grasp on what you and your family really needs and choose which solutions to try first based on that.