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Organizing the home is a challenge. Organizing toys is a challenge…combining both in a small transportable space ups the ante for car organization!

Does your family *live* in the car during the warm months? It seems like summer is filled with places to go and things to do. Our car needs to keep up.

“Give everything a home, ” is what my mother always told me to do when faced with clutter growing up.

Time for some car re-organization using shoe holders!

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Car Organization Ideas – Just in Time for Summer!

Car Organization Tools

Here are some products that have helped us clean up {some affiliate links are included}.

Shoe organizer. I like the clear plastic ones. They are easy to see what is inside the pockets and clean-up is a breeze when they get gunky, and they will.

Rag mat for the floor. It absorbs the mess, is washable, and easy to lift and shake out – i.e. less vacuuming!

Milk Carton – great for the odd shaped miscellaneous items that find their way to my car.

Folded Picnic Blanket – this thing is awesome! I love having it handy for an impromptu gathering.

Magazine rack – These are great for containing towels, swim boards, even school books or other tall items. Everything is easy to see and grab.

Large Foldable Shopping Bag. We use our one from IKEA. It is wipe-able, ginormous, and perfect for who knows what I will *need* a bag for tomorrow.

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How to Organize the Car

Here are some simple tips that we used to get the car clutter under control and make a more functional space for the entire family. The bonus is that random things won’t be rolling around when you turn a corner!

1) Create Zones.

We created a “bathroom zone” and a “summer fun zone” with the shoe organizers. In the bathroom zone I included diapers, wipes & hand sanitizer (yahoo, no need for a diaper bag anymore!!). We also included some “emergency” supplies for our newly potty-trained kiddo.  

The summer fun zone includes everything we would need for a quick trip to the pool or a park outing after a class/activity. This has been super helpful for me! No stress. It’s all there from sunscreen to goggles, suits and towels.

2) Give everything a Home.

Use the hangars (I hope your car has these, they are lovely) to give homes to the random items that find their way into the car. We usually have a trash bag back there too.

Don’t forget emergency car supplies. You can’t see it in the photos, but on the left there is a cubby of sorts in the wall of my car. We keep a car charger, and air kit for the tires. You never know when you might need it.

3) Plan for the unexpected.

Note that big open space? That is where our cooler, or the giant gym bag, or science project goes. Leave an open space to work with. You will also want to have a first aid kit in your car. We keep ours in the glove box. You never know when you might need it.

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Minivan Organization Tricks

Whether you are driving a car or a minivan, keeping things organized will make family trips and outings more pleasant. It is also easier to be prepared for the unexpected when you actually can see what you already have to use!

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Any bets on how long our car will look this clean and orderly?

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Also, if you are looking for more car organization ideas, check out our other car articles…

Leave a comment: Do you have any car organizing hacks/tips that have helped your family? 


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