Best Car Organizing Ideas from a Professional Organizer

Store recycled grocery bags in the car so they will always be ready.

You are more likely to use recycled grocery bags if they are stored in your car.

Most of us spend quite a bit of time in our cars so who can blame us for wanting to make the most of our time. Whether you are waiting for your son or daughter’s game to start, or for your next business appointment, it’s surprising how much you can get done in small pockets of time —if you are organized. For many of us, our car has become a workspace, a dining room, and a play space.  Clutter is now mobile.

Car clutter is not only capable of stressing you out, it’s downright dangerous. A sudden stop and an item left unsecured could become a dangerous projectile.

Here are my must haves to get car clutter under control:

  • Leak-proof trash can – keeps things clean and tidy.
  • Container for deliveries – this is for the clothes you are sending to the cleaners, mail, library books – anything and everything you need to drop off somewhere.
  • Container for put-aways – these are the items that need to come back into your house. It might be your briefcase or purse, a diaper bag, or your clothes from the dry cleaner
  • Emergency supplies – Cell phone charger, jumper cables, tire gauge, flashlight, flares, first aid kit, water, energy bars. In winter, include blankets and a shovel.
  • Recycling Center – Keep your recyclable grocery bags right where you need them – in the car. Recyclable trash should have its own container as well.
  • Coupons and affinity cards – Never be frustrated by not having your coupons. Keep them in a nice zip container or card cubby, where they are within easy reach.
  • Donation bin – place items destined for charity in a bin for easy drop off.
  • Portable file – keep everything you need for your daily routine in a portable file that travels easily from home to office to car. It might contain recipes, shopping lists, etc., bills that need to be paid, phone calls you need to make. A notepad and pen should also be within easy reach.
  • Don’t forget your paperwork– car manuals, the current proof of insurance certificates.

If you have passengers in the back seat, avoid an organizer that hangs on the back of the front seat. In a sudden stop, a child could be injured if his or her head makes contact with hard items in the organizer. Be sure organizers in seating areas anchor to a non-moving part of the car, like the bottom of a seat or the metal part of the head rest. 

The bottom line is that it takes just a few extra minutes to get car clutter under control, but the amount of time and energy you will save makes it well worth it.  Hit the road knowing you are safe, well organized and relaxed – and until you reach your destination, focus on driving!

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