I love my mini van. It has been a very reliable vehicle, it’s spacious for all six of us, and best of all, it’s paid for!! One bad thing about my van is that it is a mess!! We haven’t done well at all keeping it clean…much less organized. So I searched Pinterest for car organizing ideas that would work for my family.
Trash in the car is one of the biggies that we deal with. We eat in the mini van, do school in the mini van, haul things in the mini van, and basically anything else that can be done while driving…we do. None of my kids are great picker-up-ers and since I’m only one and there are four of them…You get the idea, I’m sure.
I came across a garbage using a plastic cereal box with a bag in it. I thought it was a great idea but I didn’t have one and didn’t want to spend any money on this project so I had this pitcher that was waiting for a good use. I put a bag in it and it’s now filling up with trash in my mini van. Not to be gross or anything but we have a child that is inflicted with car sickness and I could have used the pitcher on more than one occasion for more than garbage…enough said.
Another idea I came across was to use this cleaning supply carrier to organize all the little odds and ends that float around the van. We always carry tissues, wipes, and snacks in the car but they are usually just randomly floating around the van and when we need one we are all searching under our seats for them.
This carrier fits neatly between the front two seats of the van… all its contents are easy to access.
The next idea I saw was to sew a holder for the back of the van seat. The holder had a bunch of pockets and reminded me much of a back of the door shoe holder. Then it dawned on me that I had one of the shoe holders under the steps in my basement (another organizing project coming up here soon).
It didn’t look that great but I thought I’d give it a shot. One row of pockets was ripped so I just cut that row off the side and then cut it lengthwise to fit the seat. I threw it in the washer on the delicate cycle to clean it up a bit and then made labels for each of the pockets.
One pocket for each child and a couple for extra accessories.
My final car organizing idea is not so much for the mess but for the bickering kids. My kids “call” who will sit where, every time we get in the van, soooo….I made up a schedule and attached it inside the glove box. Hopefully this does the trick.
All of these are new to my mini van…I’ll let you know if they help to keep it more organized.