Updated to add: Since this post was written I am happy to announce that we have in fact gone back to driving a mini van with loads of storage 🙂
So a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that we got a new vehicle and how I was not loving the ridiculously limited vehicle storage space. Well now that I’ve had some time to work with it I’m not nearly as freaked out about it as I was and I’ve come up with some great ways to maximize space that I’m pretty happy with.
Let me take you on a video tour of my vehicle so you can see for yourself.
I’m extremely happy with the mega carabiner idea that came to me out of nowhere. I was so frustrated with the kids not having anywhere to put their bags where they could reach them (and save space on the floor) and this solution works so awesome! Believe it or not, I found the clips at the dollar store for $2.00 each!
I even took it one step further and added a carabiner to the carabiner in order to attach a sunglasses case (also from the dollar store) for my youngest. Now he can reach them on his own from his booster seat no problem. Hola!
And a picture of how I store my sunglasses when not in use:
I can’t stress what I have to say next enough. I’m making it my personal mission to see to it that garbage bags are added to vehicles everywhere. I’ve seen one too many vehicles with food wrappers and other garbage on the floor. We wouldn’t do this in our homes, so why then is it okay in our vehicles? Add a small garbage bag or two and get in the habit of dumping them out every time you get gas. It’s so easy and way less work in the long run!
Another idea is to use a clear Command Hook to hang your garbage bag more towards the inside of the passenger seat to allow for more leg room.
I like to be prepared for things as you can see from the stuff I store in my console. I used old tea boxes with the lids cut off to add some limits and boundaries to the space. Easy peasy, anybody can do it!
Here is a picture of the wipes container I keep in the side pocket. I use these all the time. My idea for the tissues that I never got back to in the video (oops) is to recycle one of these old wipe containers for tissue storage. That way I can keep it handy in the other side pocket on the passenger side. Haven’t tried it yet though so I still have to see if it will work.
The back seat of our vehicle has two pouches on the backs of the seats for storage but the problem is things can fall to the bottom and become unreachable. I solved that by adding some of my son’s workbooks and things to an organizing bag so he can easily grab what he needs.
I also mentioned that I keep my reusable bags in the back. Here is a shot of them beautifully contained in my Tote Buddy. Update: unfortunately it looks like this product is no longer available 🙁
I keep a first aid kit in a back side pocket but I didn’t take a picture of that 🙂
I hope you found these ideas helpful. So what do you say? Are you ready to get your vehicle organized? Have fun!