Super simple things you can do to stay on top of the mess! If you’ve got kids and are trying to have a fairly decent interior of your car, you must read these sanity saving mom car organization hacks.
Super Easy Mom Car Organization Hacks
Okay but HOW are kids so insanely messy?
There’s always crumbs on everything wherever they go. They’re monsters.
Cute monsters, but monsters nonetheless.
But since I’ve finally got a newer car to haul all these hoodlums, I’m doing my best to keep it organized and so far it’s WORKING!
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Doable Car Organization Hacks and Tips
Get a trash can
I know it sounds simple, but I had never had a trash can in my car until recently.
I snagged this car trash can up on Prime Day that had killer reviews and I love it.
When kids get suckers or snacks or candy or water bottles or apple cores, they don’t have to just leave it in your cup holders. They can gather trash and stick it in there when they’re getting out of your car.
This simple step has made a huge difference for us!
Center console zipper bags
The center console in Jordan’s car is terrifying. It’s super deep and there is an obnoxious amount of things and you can never find what you need in a pinch.
I was determined not to have that because as most moms know, when you have a kid screaming or needing something, being able to find it quick is key.
When we redid our playroom last spring, I used these zipper bags from Amazon for EVERYTHING and we still use them all the time!
I got some smaller mesh zipper bags for my center console and keep necessities in here.
What to keep in your center console
- Registration and insurance cards
- Hand sanitizer (Everyone Coconut and Lemon is hands down my FAVORITE scent!)
- Tide pens
- Car safety hammer (to cut off seat belts or break glass windows in an emergency)
- Tire pressure gauge
- Napkins or tissues
- Thank You notes (you never know when you might need to jot a quick one)
- Tylenol/Ibuprofen Dramamine
Maybe it’s because I have a Toy Story obsessed son, but everytime I see this thing it’s all I think about.
However, Jordan made SO MUCH FUN of me for wanting one of these until we went on a long road trip and he used it the entire time.
The claw grabber isn’t necessarily an organizing hack, but when kids drop things out of reach or when you need to hand some chicky nuggs back to the kiddo in the 3rd row, this is exactly what you need.
Zipper Go Bags
I know it sounds cliché, but these really are a game changer. When I tell you these zipper bags have come in handy to organize almost every part of our lives, I really am not exaggerating.
I’ve found that the kids use them on long road trips or if we are in the car for 30 seconds going from the grocery store back home.
Some ideas for your zipper go bags
*For reference, Charlotte is 7 and Josiah is 4. You can adjust any of this for your kids’ ages.
- Sticker by number book
- Plain notebook
- Colored dot stickers
- Sensory toys (chew necklaces, poppits, fidget spinners, etc)
- LCD drawing tablet
- Brain Quest
- Small cars/trucks
- Reusable stickers
- Window clings
Small carriers for food
I picked up 2 of these at the Dollar Tree.
Perfect for fast food lunch on the go. Stick a drink, fries and burger or chicky nuggs in here and voila!
They can hold this in their laps and is less likely to spill out everywhere. It will probably still happen, but a girl can dream.
If at all possible, just run your car through a car wash at least once a month. If it’s in your budget, you can spring for a monthly membership at a local car wash so you can run by at any point!
It also doubles as free entertainment with kids because if they’re anything like mine, they’ll LOVE it.
Having an organized car doesn’t take a ton of time or money if you just keep up with little things.
Now fly little bird. Fly far far away to your newly organized mom car!