12 Simple Car Organisation Ideas
Whether you use your vehicle for a regular commute, the school run or trips out of town; here are some organisation strategies which are guaranteed to keep your car tidy!
While we’re all so busy keeping ourselves and our homes organised, it’s really easy to forget about the car.
Going from A to B surrounded in clutter isn’t fun.
I’m sure we’ve all had that moment. The one where you glance at the back seat and all you can see is a mountain of hats, jackets, toys and bits of paper (I certainly have!).
The best part about keeping the inside of your car organised is that it doesn’t take much to get on top of it. Once you have a system in place then it’s so much easier to keep everything neat and tidy.
What to do first:
Start off by taking everything out of your vehicle and decide whether you really need to keep it in there. 5 pairs of shoes? Probably not. 3 jackets? Maybe, but unlikely really. 6 hats?…You get the idea.
Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the car. Pack things away or get rid of them altogether.
You should now be left with a pile of things that you can organise!
Next, decide on where each item should go and what kind of storage you want to use. Set about gathering your boxes, caddies, containers or bags – whatever you think will provide the best storage for the items you have.
A lot of these solutions you can find around the house, make them yourself or buy them from dollar/discount shops.
Here are a few examples:
Vehicle paperwork – folder in the glovebox.
Picnic mat/blanket, water, wrapped snacks, wipes, first aid kit – emergency supply box in the boot.
Tissues, water, hand sanitizer, sunglasses, wrapped snack – shower caddy organiser.
And so on…
The final step is to top up with any items that you think need. Do it now because I guarantee you’ll forget about it next time you’re running out the door!
You can add and remove things whenever you want to. Going on a long car journey with the kids? You could make up their own pack with crayons, snacks, a drink and a toy.
Here are 12 organisation ideas that should help get your car tidied up:
Keep a container to dispose of those ticket stubs/receipts/tissues/sweet wrappers.
It’s so easy for bits of paper to gather up every time you go somewhere in the car.
Why not use a plastic cereal container? One with a flip lid. Or a small shopping bag? Anything will do, as long as it keeps all of those pesky bits of rubbish in check.
If it’s there then you’ll be way more likely to use it. So it’s goodbye to the footwell rubbish bin!
Use a small container to keep coins in.
Although it may seem as though coins are being used less and less, don’t write them off just yet.
It’s always a good idea to keep a small amount of money in the car for emergencies. Loose coins for parking, change for a little extra petrol or even an emergency coffee! (We’ve all been there).
Just be sure to stash it away out of sight.
Pack an emergency box in the boot.
It’s no fun being caught short when you’re out and about. Packing a box full of supplies to stash in the boot can be really useful (especially if you have young kids).
Put in things like a first aid kit, a blanket (which can double up as a picnic mat), tissues, wipes, nappies or a change of clothes.
Any sort of box will do. A shoebox if you only need a few things or a plastic box with a lid for larger families or groups.
Get an organiser for the kids.
No one wants grumpy kids in the back of the car. Especially during long car journeys. Keep the little ones entertained with an organiser that you can hang over the headrest.
If you don’t want to spend money on a snazzy one, that’s perfectly fine. You could easily DIY one using a shoe organiser (one of the ones with the see through plastic pockets), and cut it down to size.
Maybe throw in a drink bottle, a book and/or a small toy and a wrapped snack.
It’s definitely a great solution for those longer journeys.
Use a folder and put it in the glovebox to organise car paperwork.
You know, all those bits of paper that came with the car. The ones that you never need – until you do.
Stash them all away neatly in a folder or plastic wallet. That way you know exactly where to find them.
Put a ‘bits box’ in your car
I like to put a ‘bits box’ on the middle seat where I can throw in bits and pieces that gather up over time.
Things like jackets, water bottles, toys, books…basically anything that we have used for other journeys but aren’t needed anymore.
That way, it’s SO MUCH easier to transport everything back into the house.
Use cable tidies
Who said that cable tidies could only be used in the house? Pop a couple in the car to tidy away that spare phone charger, Bluetooth cable or other charger.
No cable tidies? Old hair ties or elastic bands will do the job too!
Use reusable ziplock pouches as handy storage (for pretty much anything).
Ziplock bags are really handy for storing anything from mini bottles of hand sanitizer or perfume to crayons.
Why not punch holes in the corner of each one and loop them together? That way you can keep them all together neatly.
A shower caddy with a handle could be used for storing a drink bottle, a snack, sunnies and tissues for when you’re on the go.
Over armrest remote control storage pouch.
If you have separate seats in your car then this is a great storage solution for you. Fill it with your essentials (hand sanitizers, tissues, wipes, spare pair of glasses, chargers etc).
A plastic cutlery tray will fit nicely under the front seat. Use sticky Velcro tabs to the floor and to the bottom of the tray to hold it in place.
Perfect for those items that you want to keep out of sight.
S Hooks or carabiner.
Hook one of these on the headrest and use it for hanging a handbag, an umbrella or even the shower caddy turned organisation station.