Even your car needs a little love…

Usually, I am a very clean and organized person. Organizing makes me tick-it brings me joy. Seriously, you should see my planner. However, there has always been one thing I can’t seem to get together-my car. My car is my dirty little secret. For the most part, I’m the only one who uses it but every so often my husband needs to take it. So… I can sort of share the blame with him right? Haha. And ever since we had Littleman my car really looks like a bomb went off in it. We have to cram a stroller and a carseat in the rest of the mess. Sometimes it felt like I was playing tetris. So…I decided the other day that I was tired of it. I was tired of apologizing to someone when they got in my car, tired of finding places to cram the groceries or to fit my cup of coffee, tired of trash on the floor. I was almost embarrassed to take these photos and share them with you buuuut I figured if I put it out there someone would hold me accountable to NOT let it get like this again. Plus…I can laugh at it now.

I can hear you gasping from here. I know I know. It was bad you guys. But acceptance is the first step right? I pinned organization ideas, I googled best car organizers, I searched stores for cute baskets. There was a lot out there but I didn’t see anything that really stood out to me. So I decided I’d just take it one step at a time and figure it out as I went. I started by clearing it out completely. I took everything out sorting it into bags: “trash”, “to go inside”, and “car”. I put the car registration, proof of insurance, a copy of my AAA card, and the car manual in the glove compartment box. I also decided to keep some mints in there because let’s face it…coffee breath is no bueno.

I bought an adorable basket from Target that was on sale for $6.99. (You can find different colors here: http://www.target.com/p/-/A-52106981 ) I’ll keep stuff for Littleman in there (i.e. extra diapers and wipes, a change of clothes, a blanket, a few books/toys). This is stored in the trunk part of my car. Hubs likes me to have a set of jumper cables with me so I have a set in a nice little box back there as well. I also put together a small first aid/emergency kit. In it I decided to keep:

  • two water bottles
  • a few energy bars
  • matches
  • bandaids
  • hand sanitizer
  • Ibuprofen
  • tweezers
  • an ace bandage
  • a flashlight with extra batteries
  • duct tape
  • a cell phone charger
  • and an extra blanket.

We need a pretty large space for our stroller and hockey gear, so for the most part, I’m going to try to keep the rest of the trunk cleared. And for now…that’s it!

There are a few things I’d still like to get. I’m still searching for a good CD organizer because yes, I am old school and still enjoy listening to CDs. Also, I want to find a cute tiny folder to put my car documents in. If you have suggestions for either please let me know in the comments! Here’s the part you’ve all been eagerly waiting for…the CLEAN car photos!!! WOOOOOO!


I know there’s still progress to be made but hey I’m getting there. I can at least put stuff in my car now.




3 Replies to “Even your car needs a little love…”

  1. Love these tips!! I also love to keep a few extra re-usable shopping bags in the back too. Nice to have for shopping but also good to have in case a bunch of junk amasses in my car- makes carting it all inside so much more convenient!

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