Organizing Ideas For The Weekend #15 | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Organizing Ideas For The Weekend #15

Friday, March 1, 2013

Organizing Ideas For The Weekend #15

Happy Friday!  Time for another organizing idea for your weekend :)

Is your car a mess?  Are you overwhelmed with the thought of a road trip for spring break because clutter has taken over your vehicle?  Do you avoid having anyone else in your car because you're embarrassed by the chaos? 

If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions, then read on!  Today's post will give you some tips for organizing your car this weekend.  If not, please share your tips in the comments :)  

We're hard on our vehicles.  We use them all the time but don't think about organizing (or even cleaning or tidying) them as much as we focus on the inside of our homes.  And once it starts to get a little unorganized or messy, it doesn't take much for your vehicle to become overwhelming!

Here are a few tips to help keep your car organized:

1.  Make sure you have someplace to put your garbage.  Then, remember to empty that garbage regularly.  Whether you do it every time you leave the car or once a week or once a month depends on what types of garbage you're throwing out (don't want things rotting in there!) and your personal preferences.  I love this idea of using a cereal container lined with a garbage bag as a garbage can for your car.


2.  Use a basket or box or bin in your trunk or hatch to corral loose items.  This helps keep things from rolling around (or flying around!) and just feels less overwhelming.

Organize and Decorate Everything

3.  Use baskets or seat back pockets to hold kids' items like toys, activities, snacks, and wipes.  You don't have to buy ones that are specially made for the car.  Cheaper versions can be adapted from over-the-door shoe organizers.  Just look at all the organizational yumminess in this minivan!  She actually gets stopped when she's grocery shopping by people who want to take pictures of this!  {Really - check out her post for tons of great ideas - especially if you have kids!}

The Castro Family Happy-nings

4.  Put together an emergency kit with supplies such as a first aid kit, jumper cables, blankets, etc.  If you're traveling in a wintery area, make sure you include a compact shovel, ice scraper, extra hat/mitts, and warm clothing).

5.  Keep your glove box organized with the items you need to access from the front seat (sunglasses, insurance, registration/ownership, small flashlight, etc.).  If you have a very small glove box, you can also put together a small file system like this one to keep your important documents organized.  Store it under a seat or in a door pocket.

Clean and Scentsible

6. If you have a lot of small things that you don't want to lose in your glove box or in console, group them together into a small flat container.  

Creative Organizing

For more ideas, check out my Car Organization or Organizing For Travel boards on Pinterest.  

What tips do you have for keeping your car organized?  Or what do you find the most challenging part of maintaining an organized vehicle?  Are you going anywhere for spring break?  

Happy organizing and have a great weekend!


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  1. Hmmm I'm going to have to think about how to make our upcoming trip a bit more easy to manage. I definitely need a trash receptacle of some sort in my car. The girls each bring their own bag of play items usually on each trip, but they could really use a little better way to organize those things. At the end of a drive their seat always ends up looking like somehow the toy room threw up in my car.

    1. Toyroom threw up in my car...LOL! Crazy how what starts out organized in a backpack ends up all over the car. Good luck organizing for your trip!

  2. I love the trash can idea!
    My car is sparse, and I'm almost sure if I got caught in a blizzrad/snow drift/avalance I would probably die (unless I were found).
    An emergency kit in my CR-V would be a good idea!
    Thank you for the ideas!
    Love, me

    1. I'm impressed that your car is sparse Leslie. That's the opposite problem most of us have :) But yes, an emergency kit is important. You never know when something will happen!

  3. WOW Get a load of the Castro trunk! THAT is organized LOL My problem is that my husband often puts the seats down to carry large/bulky items and supplies so that would have to be removed often.

    We are currently using a collapsible bin and it seems kind of bulky but it works. I've been trying to find a slimmer solution - off to browse your Pinterest ;)

    1. I know... it's impressive isn't it Helen?! I think collapsible bins are perfect if you have to remove them from time to time to put the seats down. Good luck tweaking your system!

  4. Oh, btw - love the cereal container for a garbage can idea. Great way to use up produce bags ;)

    1. That is a really neat idea. I can't take credit for it but I love passing those kinds of ideas along :)

  5. I LOVE this Organizing Ideas for the Weekend series!! It makes me feel like it would be something manageable, something that would make a difference in a smaller chunk of time. I have been "meaning" to get the back of my car organized....I think this has inspired me to actually take action! The cereal container is genius. :)

    I found you on Let's Get Social Sunday (and I'm so glad!). I am now following your blog on Google reader, and I am also following you on Facebook (Yesterfood and personal account Joy McElroy).

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas, and have a wonderful Sunday!

    Joy @ Yesterfood

    1. It's great to meet you Joy! I'm glad you like the series. That's exactly why I write it... to help people do something manageable each week. I'm following you on Facebook and I look forward to getting to know you!


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