3 Essentials to Keep You Car Organized

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By nature, I am a very organized person. It brings me great joy when things each have a designated space. That same concept applies to keep my car organized as well.

And with my job, my car ends up being my home away from home during the day. So I try to keep it neat, and I’ve trained my kids to understand that my car is not their trash can or catch-all space for their treasures. Because it truly stresses me out to have clutter.

There are a few items that I use to bring a sense of organization to my vehicle. They can all be purchased on Amazon (for under $22) and will help bring some order to your day-to-day chaos!

3 Essentials for Car Organization

1. Trash Can

You may be thinking, who has space for a trash can in their vehicle? But, you do!

This nifty small portable trash can easily clips onto any center counsel, making it accessible for both mom and kids. It’s really convenient and keeps things less messy.

A few other reasons why I love this particular item include ease of use. You don’t have to purchase specialty liners to fit this, simply use your plastic bags from the grocery store. They fit perfectly, and are easy to change. Also, you wouldn’t have to necessarily use the liner, but I would encourage it, especially if liquids are going in. 

2. Storage Organizer

My second car essential pick is a storage organizer (aka toy helper) for between car seats, or seats if your kids are older.

This one is fantastic if you have a car or SUV. Whereas an over-the-seat organizer would be better for a minivan.

Somehow this bin is always full of miscellaneous toys, books, and whatever other random things make their way into my vehicle. But now it doesn’t bother me, because everything has a place.

My kids can reach in and grab their source of entertainment while we commute every day, and it keeps them from squabbling (most days). I also store items such as masks, vomit bags, sunglasses, and tissues The tissues are easily within reach and everything else tucks away neatly in their mesh compartments.

Bonus, this item is also a breeze to clean with a disinfectant wipe.

3. Storage Bin

This is something you might simply have lying around the house; repurpose it to keep your car organized.

The reason I like the storage cube is it’s small and doesn’t take up a ton of space, but still also roomy enough to store all of the miscellaneous essentials.

I use it for more car essentials. Including:
  • A small blanket: this one duals for warmth or a place to lay down if we need it at a park or event.
  • Disinfectant wipes: let’s be honest kids are messy, and life happens, so why not be prepared. Unfortunately both of my kids are also prone to motion sickness so I need to be ready to clean up any kind of mess on the fly.
  • Unscented baby wipes: my kids have been out of diapers a while now, but wipes are so versatile that I continue to buy them. They are amazing for cleaning up sticky hands and faces post-car snacks, or in a motion sickness episode.
  • Paper towel roll: between the other two cleaning items and a roll of paper towels, you can pretty much conquer anything that comes your way!
  • First aid kit: I recommend stocking this one with any specific to your families needs. Band-aids are probably the number one thing we use consistently out of here, so also a friendly reminder to restock every so often.
These little items have been a HUGE help for our family in keeping our craziness contained and our car organized.

Depending on your vehicle size and space, you can definitely adapt these items as needed. And I hope it makes your days a little less chaotic and more organized!

For more organizational tips, see this post on 6 Simple Organizing & Tidying Tips From a Former Messy Person

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Emily is the most Norwegian Indian you will ever meet. Adopted from New Delhi, India then plunged into the frozen tundra she has called home for her entire life. She is happily married to her husband whom she met waitressing tables at their now event venue RiverHaven in Moorhead. Before becoming a mother to her two tiny humans, Taj (2015) and Revel (2017), she was a dog mom first and foremost. From as far back as she can remember, Emily had a hard time sitting still. She was constantly creating, dreaming, and living true to her little Gemini-free-spirit. Fast forward, and she never took her foot off the gas pedal. She carries a degree in Anthropology from NDSU, teaches as a sculpt fitness instructor at Mojo Fit Studios, and is a full-time Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy Realty in Fargo. Emily treats her clients like family from beginning to friend. She lives life with no regrets, and is willing to jump head-first into anything at least once. She is a family first, traveling, foodie, coffee, libation loving kind of woman who will talk your ear off, while wearing her heart on her sleeve.


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