If you’re like us, between weekend road trips, days at the beach, and the constant traffic of small feet and paws, summer has done a number on our vehicles. Now’s the time to get ‘em back in tip-top shape again!
We’ve scoured the web for the best DIY projects to organize your car, and though there were many, we think these 10 take the cake. Reclaim your car interior (and your sanity!) with these top recommendations.
1. Corral Paperwork in One Fell Swoop
Free up precious glove compartment, floor, and seat space in favor of an accordian file that holds all of your pertinent car paperwork (think: registration and insurance papers, maps, receipts for automobile services, coupons, etc). Store your folder under your front passenger seat for easy retrieval!
2. Compartmentalize Your Kids’ Stuff
We LOVE this compact method for organizing all your “kid things”. Simply use mesh bags to store and visibly organize everything from games to snacks to crafts to first aid items and more. Stow it all in a sturdy basket for safekeeping and accessibility.
3. Repurpose a Dollar Store Shoe Organizer
We were also amazed by the simple genius of this dollar store shoe organizer.
Use these small shoe organizers, which can be found at your local Dollar Store, for housing baby/toddler essentials like sippy cups, sunscreen, extra diapers, baby wipes, and more.
With everything in arm’s reach, you can put the kibosh on any mishaps before they occur.
4. Use a cereal canister as a mini trash receptacle
Line a cereal canister with a plastic shopping bag and VOILA! You’ve got makeshift trash bin.
Wrappers and receipts on the floor? Not anymore!
And it’s so easy to just remove the plastic bag and get rid of the trash. Even a kid could do it…..maybe! (probably depending on their mood…)
5. Simple Snack Storage
There’s nothing worse than a cranky, hungry kid (or adult, for that matter) when you’re stuck in traffic.
Keep hankerings at bay by storing snacks in your car. Use a leftover CoffeeMate creamer for holding small munchies like Cheerios or Goldfish. The pourable spout makes noshing a breeze. Keep items fresh with the snap of a cap!
6. Fast Food Caddy
For those crazy-busy days (e.g. long days at the office, road trips, shepherding kids to and from sports practices and lessons) that necessitate a down-and-dirty fast food run, this shower caddy-turned-meal holder is fantastic.
You’ll never have to worry about finding that rogue, months-old french fry buried in the seat again!
7. Shopping Bag Central
Use empty baby wipe containers to store your surplus shopping bags (because let’s face it, they ALWAYS come in handy).
Just stick on some cute contact paper and throw it in the glove box for safe keeping!
8. Organize Your Console
A desk or purse organizer easily doubles as a console command station.
Use this handy organizer to keep your wallet, phone, lip gloss, lotion, brush, and other necessities right where you need them – no fishing necessary!
9. Harness the Power of Command Hooks
Command hooks – aka one of the greatest organizing inventions known to man – need not be restricted to only home projects.
Use them inside your car to keep your purse, umbrella, and shopping bags in order.
10. Be Prepared for Emergencies
And last but not least, ward off anything that comes your way by creating your own Car Emergency Kit. All you need to make yours is a clear plastic container and lid (find one at Target, Wal-Mart, etc) and a label maker. Here are some ideas for items to include: flashlight, batteries, duct tape, general First-Aid kit, matches, hat/gloves/socks, jumper cables, tire gauge, Swiss Army knife, hand warmers, blanket, water bottles, kleenex, poncho, glow stick, hand sanitizer, etc).
So what are you waiting for? Start spinning those DIY wheels and you’ll be in organized car heaven before you know it!