Let’s be honest, many of us spend an inordinate amount of time in our cars. It can be our home away from home. Yet, we often don’t keep it as tidy and organized as we do our homes. To enjoy your time in your car even more, try out some of these car organization hacks – they may be life changing.
1. Use a shoe organizer to keep important items within reach.
Rather than be straining to reach odds and ends you have stored on the floor, keep them handy and within reach using this shoe organizer. You can hang in behind the front seats or the back seats to organize goodies in your trunk. (via BuzzFeed)
2-5. Watch this video to see more car organization hacks below in action:
Here are some of my favorites from this car organization hacks video:
- Keep your purse from falling over when you come to an abrupt stop using a scarf.
- Organize your center console with cups you can find at the dollar store.
- Make an all-natural DIY car air freshener using a small mason jar and baking soda and essential oils.
- Buy cheap, collapsible trunk organizers.
6. Organize your center console using a cheap popsicle mold.
You may not have been able to tell by this picture, but this organizer that looks like it is made to organize your center console is actually a plastic popsicle mold! I love this genius way to repurpose an item you may already have lying around the house. It is the perfect size for loose change, sunglasses, and your garage door opener. (via HGTV)
7. Use an empty gum container to keep change organized.
I hate having loose change in the car, but that has bitten me in the butt sometimes when I am in need of quarters for a parking meter. So, keep all your change organized in an empty gum container. (via BuzzFeed)
8. Create on-the-go kits for everything you might need in a pinch.
Putting these emergency kits together will take a fraction of the time it will save you! Think about it. You don’t have to make pit stops for snacks for a hungry kid. You don’t have to run into the store every time someone needs Advil or a band-aid for a blister. This is a perfect example of how you can spend a little time now investing in the happiness of your future self. Simply grab some inexpensive zippered pouches like these for <$5 each and fill with snacks, first aid, diapers, and whatever other emergency items you might need. (via Pinterest)
9. Hang umbrellas and your purse using carabineer clips from the dollar store.
Similar to the hack above using a scarf, you can use carabiners from the dollar store to secure items like your purse to the back of your seat. I love this hack because I can’t tell you how many times my purse has tipped over and the contents spilled out all over the floor. (via HGTV)
10. Keep plastic bags organized using a tissue box.
You never know when you are going to need a plastic bag to hold trash, muddy cleats, or wet clothes. So, keep them organized and at the ready with this awesome tissue box hack. (via HGTV)
11. How to organize your glove box
Do goodies avalanche out of your glove box every time you open it? Time to follow these glove box organization tactics. I especially love the ideas of using a zip pouch for any loose odds and ends like napkins or disposable utensils you want to keep in there and to bookmark the car manual pages you commonly refer to. (via Organizing Junkie)
12. Use cupcake liners in cupholders to keep them clean.
The silicone cupcake liners are great for this because they are sturdy, waterproof and reusable. But, you can also use the regular paper kind if that’s all you have. (via Kids Activities Blog)
13. Organize reusable bags in a container in your trunk so you won’t forget them.
I got in a habit of always bringing reusable bags to the grocery store because I feel like it is an easy way to help the environment and, in California, you have to pay a dime for each plastic bag. The best way to not forget is to put them back in your car right after you unload your groceries, but they can look messy. So, this car organization hack is perfect! You’ll be amazed at all the other times these reusable totes will come in handy too! (via I Heart Organizing)
14. Keep small items like hair ties organized in a repurposed Q-tip case.
I am notorious for always having hair ties and bobby pins in every compartment of my car. So, I love this car organization hack to repurpose Q-tip cases to organize small items like these. (via Just a Girl Blog)
15. Use these dollar store bins for meals on-the-go.
Not eating in the car just doesn’t work for many busy families. This brilliant car organization idea will keep your car clean by preventing drink spills and grease stains from French fries. It is worth every penny and more. (via Lookie What I Did)
16. The ultimate trunk organization guide:
Looking for ideas about what will come in handy to store in your trunk? This blog post thought of it all. (via The Castro Family)
17. Keep baby wipes and hand sanitizer in your door compartment.
Baby wipes and hand sanitizer will constantly come in handy for spills or pit stops at gross gas station bathrooms. Keep these two essentials at the ready by storing them neatly in your driver’s door compartment. (via A Bowl Full of Lemons)
18. Make this clever DIY tissue holder that fits in your car’s cup holders.
Tissues are probably the top thing that I am always kicking myself for not having easily accessible in my car. Rather than having to rifle through your center console or glove compartment when you have to sneeze, have your tissues at the ready with this handy DIY tissue holder. (via Facebook)
19. Keep all your important car documents organized in a plastic file folder.
There are so many car-related documents to keep track of: registration, insurance, maintenance logs, warranty information, repair receipts and more! It is so easy to lose track of them. So, keep them organized, buy an inexpensive plastic file folder. (via Tiff Keetch)
20. Make an organized family car kit.
This car kit gives me serious organization goals! Wait till you watch the video and get to peak at exactly what she put in each compartment! It has a snack kit, clothing care, emergency car tools, and more. She seriously thought of everything so you don’t have to. (via Blue I Style Blog)
21. Use a bungee cord to keep your grocery bags from falling over in your trunk.
Don’t you hate it when you are driving home from the grocery and everytime you stop you hear a thud of food rolling around in your trunk. You cringe and hope everything won’t be smushed when you get home. Instead of hoping, use this easy car organization hack to fix it! Simply keep a bungee cord in your trunk and when you’re ready to head home from the grocery, stretch it across and hang all your grocery bags from it. Brilliant! (via Australian Handyman Magazine)
Make sure your car is not just organized, but clean too!
Head on over to our next post: 15 Car Cleaning Tips & tricks to Transform Your Dirty Car
Stop being embarrassed of your car every time asks for a ride. With these hacks, it will be a complete 180. Instead of being embarrassed, you’ll look forward to driving friends because everyone who gets in your car won’t be able to stop talking about how brilliant your car organization hacks are. Don’t be surprised if they want to copy them too!