How Organized is your Car?


We all spend much more time in the car than we would like, so it makes sense that we would want it to be neat and organized. I would have never thought of a car needing to be organized until I recently listened to a podcast from one of my favorite organizers, Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365. In her 40 Weeks, 1 Whole House podcast, week 32 is devoted to organizing your car. You can find this and a gold mine of other organizing tips on her website. Here are a few tips I learned from the podcast, as well as a few ideas of my own.

  • Just like any area, keeping your car neat and organized requires maintenance. Getting unneeded items out of your car immediately will prevent buildup of clutter.
  • To help keep your car clean, keep some wipes handy. A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is great for cleaning the running boards.
  • A small trash can help keep your car clutter-free.
  • I keep a bin in my trunk with the following useful items:
    • Umbrellas
    • Car scraper and brush
    • Reusable bags for shopping
    • Light jacket (I often get cold inside restaurants)
  • An emergency kit for your car is definitely a good idea. Click here to see what the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) recommends for this.
  •  The most useful thing I carry in my car is snacks. I call the peanut butter crackers that are always in my glove compartment my “emergency crackers”. The only real “emergency” they are usually needed for is if my blood sugar goes so low that I am extremely crabby. Did you know that hangry is now officially a word? defines it as “irritable as a result of feeling hungry”. You might want to also keep a few water bottles in the car. 
  • Here are a few more suggestions of items to keep in your car:
    • A container for coins
    • Kleenex
    • Chargers for phones and other devices
    • Emergency medications
    • Blank notebook and pens or pencils
    • Disposable plastic bags
    • GPS device (not quite as necessary since smart phones have GPS)
  • This link “51 Insanely Cool Car Organization Hacks, Tips, & Tricks” has some ingenuous ideas for car organization.

I’d love to hear your ideas. What are your best car organization tips? What’s the most useful item you keep in your car?



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