51 Insanely Cool Car Organization Hacks, Tips & Tricks

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51 Insanely Cool Car Organization Hacks, Tips & Tricks

Keeping your car organized doesn’t need to be difficult, time-consuming or expensive. You just need to implement a few car organization hacks, tips, and tricks and you’ll save yourself a whole lot of time and stress!

Below is our list of the top 51 car organization ideas that you can easily implement in your car today. Whether you’re parent, student, businessman/women or a trucker, there’s bound to be something here that will help keep your car organized and clutter-free!

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Organize Your Back Seat

1. Bring order to the backseat chaos with a backseat car organizer

Car Organizer by HappyChappy - On Seat

Backseat Car Organizer by HappyChappy

No matter how hard you try, is your backseat a disaster after a car trip? We all know kids can’t last more than 20 minutes in a car, let alone a road trip. But once you introduce them to the HappyChappy Car Organizer, car rides became a lot more fun. With pockets for toys, games, crayons, books, treats, drinks and snacks, your kids will be asking for longer trips in the car!

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2. How about a shower caddy to store your kid’s “essentials?”

Easy to attach, reach and remove. [Please note: You should exercise caution on the placement of this idea and the items included at head level. As one of our readers commented, this could be hazardous in the case of a car collision]

3. Elegantly hide and contain unsightly trash with a car trash can

 

Car Trash Can by HappyChappy - On Car Seat

Deluxe Car Trash Can by HappyChappy

You’re always on the go. Simplify it and save time by elegantly hiding and containing unsightly trash. Perfect for commuters and parents!

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4. Is your dog destroying your back seat? Invest in a dog seat cover

Dog Seat Cover

Dog seat cover by 4Knines

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5. Keep your drinks and snacks cool with a car cooler

car cooler

via Amazon

6. Super useful grab-n-go (survival) travel bags

Simplify your life on-the-go by putting together these clear, zippered bags which are easy to grab and go when you’re in a rush! Always be prepared by packing one for each of your needs (first aid kit, snacks, activities, etc.)

7. INSTALL THE DROP STOP AND NEVER LOSE YOUR PHONE OR COINS AGAIN (OK, WE CAN’T GUARANTEE THAT!)

8. DIY Car Travel Book Storage

Keep books organized and out of the way with this cool idea. See step-by-step instructions on how to create your own at Kidsomania.

9. DIY iPad Holder For Your Car’s Headrest

10. Add car hooks or hangers to your seats

No more crushed bread or cracked eggs! Just hang grocery or shopping bags from these hooks in order to free-up space and avoid damage.

11. A MUFFIN TRAY + A LAUNDRY BASKET = HUGE CUP HOLDER

Traveling with lots of people? Planning on hitting up the drive-thru? MOST cars won’t have enough drink holders. Fix this issue with a muffin tray and a laundry basket. Yes, very random, but it’s definitely a unique idea.

12. DIY KID’S TRAVEL ACTIVITY BINDER: FILL A BINDER WITH PRINTABLES & GAMES

Keep your kid’s entertained and happy on the road with this simple, but a well-worthwhile idea. Lots of great tips over on The Touring Camper.

13. A COAT RACK THAT’S NOT…WELL…TERRIBLE

Car coat hooks can suck. If you frequently have passengers in the back of your car, then they’d probably prefer not to have a jacket dangling in their face. Attach this mesh bungee (which you can find at a motorcycle store) to each of the car grab handles, tighten and then store coats, hats, gloves, etc. on top of the mesh.

14. ARE YOUR KID’S CRAYONS EVERYWHERE? STORE THEM IN A WIPE CASE FOR THE RIDE

15. STORE PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS IN A KLEENEX BOX. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU’LL NEED ONE!

tissue box with grocery bags for car

Gina over at CampClem has a brilliantly simple hack: Find an old Kleenex box and stuff it with plastic shopping or grocery bags! This perfect for trash, wet clothes, diapers or recycling. Keep them in your car organizer, under the seat, or in the trunk. Simple.

16. KEEP A CARABINER IN YOUR CAR. IT’S HANDY!

Keep one of these handy and you’ll be able to attach shopping bags, sunglasses cases (with string) or umbrella’s.

17. KEEP LOOSE CHANGE WITHIN REACH BY STORING IT IN AN EMPTY GUM CONTAINER

18. USE A RUBBER BAND TO HOLD YOUR PHONE IN PLACE

Need a realllly cheap way to keep your phone in place while you use your GPS? Rubber band to the rescue.

19. PLACE SILICONE MUFFIN CUPS AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH CUPHOLDER

Muffin Cups in Cupholder

via One Good Thing by Jillee

Here’s a great idea from One Good Thing by Jillee:

“My favorite, simple car organization hack is to place silicone muffin cups in the bottom of my cupholders. If they get sticky or dirty I just throw them in the sink or dishwasher, put clean ones in the car, and save myself the frustration of cleaning gunk out of the cupholders.”

 

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20. Here’s another version of travel pouches to go

21. ORGANIZE ESSENTIALS WITH THESE COOL LITTLE GRIP STRIPS

22. NEVER FORGET TO DEPOSIT A CHECK WITH THIS IDEA

Use the space in front of the steering wheel to put mail to be mailed, your errand list or checks to be deposited. They are easy to see and remember to do when you are out and about. That tip is from Lisa at Organize 365.

23. ROAD TRIPPING? KEEP CANDY FROM MELTING

24. ALWAYS HAVE A TISSUE WITHIN ARMS-REACH

Car Visor for Tissues

via Amazon

25. DIY CAR VISOR ORGANIZER

Want to make your own car visor organizer? Kelsey over at Vanilla Joy has a step by step guide so you can create the exact design you want at a fraction of the cost.

26. MAKE THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT USEFUL

Make the glove compartment useful and keep it organized by using an expandable, tabbed folder for all your receipts and car documents. An excellent tip by Sarah over at confetti and other fun.

27. CREATE YOUR OWN CAR EMERGENCY KIT

Elegantly organize your emergency supplies and always be prepared! Angie at Echoes of Laughter suggests storing bandaids, pain relief medicine, toothpaste, and a whole host of useful things so you can always know it’s there should you need it. I’d suggest keeping this in your trunk or (even better) in your glove compartment.

28. TURN A TO-GO COFFEE CUP INTO A FACIAL TISSUE HOLDER

Coffee Cup Tissue Holder

via Curbly

A simple DIY facial tissue dispenser which is easy to take around with you or to leave in your car cup holder.

29. NO CUP HOLDERS? USE A ROLL OF GAFFER TAPE ON THE PASSENGER SEAT

gaffer tap cup holder

via Reddit

30. KEEP YOUR PHONE, SUNGLASSES, AND OTHER NECESSARIES SAFELY STOWED WITHIN ARMS REACH

31. STORE LOOSE CHANGE IN A PILL BOTTLE

32. MAKE USE OF THE SIDE OF THE PASSENGER CHAIR FOR STORAGE

Side Seat Organizer

via Amazon

33. AVOID YOUR HANDBAG FLYING AND TIE IT TO THE HEADREST OF YOUR PASSENGER SEAT WITH A SCARF

34. HANG YOUR SUNGLASSES ON YOUR VISOR WITH A BINDER CLIP

35. CARRY A SNACK BAG

You never know when you will get stuck in traffic, or won’t have time to go through a drive through for food. Keeping a few packs of crackers, protein bars and water in the car will curb the hunger pangs and give you more patience as you make it to your next destination. Thanks to Lisa at Organize 365 for that one!

36. Keep a large Tupperware container in your car for safe measure

tupperware

Scarlet at Family Focus Blog suggests keeping a large Tupperware container in your car because having a lid is great for preventing spills and great for sealing in smells if a child has to use it when they get motion sickness.

37. DIY ELASTIC GRID ORGANIZER: A CATCH-ALL FOR YOUR SUN VISOR

Find out how you can create your own sun visor “catch-all” for under $2. Cool solution!

Organize Your Trunk (Plus Other Miscellaneous Ideas)

38. Utilize your trunk for storage

Lisa at Organize 365 suggests that you think of your trunk area as a car closet. Store extra necessities there and change it out seasonally.

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39. Use a Shower Caddy to Organize Your Oil & Fluids

40. Setup a handy, pop-up trunk shelf

Pop-up Trunk Shelf

via Instructables (by Beetlesmart)

Store more groceries or luggage (without crushing them!). Visit Instructables for a step-by-step guide.

41. Keep a car log to stay on top of car maintenance and organization

42. When you have a flat tire, make things easier on yourself

Why does it always seem to be raining at its hardest when you notice a flat tire? Make this situation just a little less painful by being organized in advance. Group repair items (jack, wrench, tire pump, 12-foot jumper cables, and a can of fix a flat) and store them in your spare tire compartment.

43. Alternative trunk shelf cargo shelf

44. Always keep re-sealable zipper storage bags in your car

ziploc

If you have young children, keep a supply of clear plastic bags inside your vehicle. They’ll definitely come in handy when dealing with soiled or wet garments or bibs until they can be brought into the house for washing. Even if you don’t have kids, these can definitely come in useful!

45. Use a magnetic key holder to store a spare car key under your car

Magnetic Key Holder

Via Amazon

Misplaced your car key in the past? Don’t fret. This offers a simple, hidden way to store your car key under your car.

46. Pack your clothing or useful items into plastic drawers

car drawers

via Reddit

47. Keep a shower cap around to store dirty shoes (or cleats) in

Do your kids come running into your car with dirty cleats after a soccer game? Or are you a hiker? This is an inexpensive and perfectly sized way to store your shoes until you’re able to clean them.

48. Get fancy: Turn your trunk into a (luxury) closet

49. Free-up space in your trunk and keep your sports ball’s fixed in place with a Ball Claw

 50. Manage your USB and Aux cables with a CableDrop

CableDrop

OK, so maybe this image above doesn’t show you exactly how these can be used in your car, you get the idea! Keep your cables organized and untangled with this nifty device.

51. Make extra room and hide items with a Du-Ha Storage Case

Conclusion

Which one is your favorite? 

Do you have any tips, tricks or hacks that you’d add to the list?

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If you liked this post, then check out our step-by-step guide to organizing your closet.



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27 Comments so far:

  1. John says:

    Hey – love the article! Lot’s of great tips. Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

  2. maria says:

    My spring project..organize my car!! Thanks guys for all the great ideas!! Love them!

  3. alexis musser says:

    Love all of these! Will be organizing my glove box soon!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Love this list! Word of caution in reference to #2. I see the pencils as a potential hazard during a collision. While I was a State Trooper I saw objects inside of people’s cars do more physical damage to the occupants than the collision itself.

    • Carly at HappyChappy says:

      That’s a really valuable point. Thank you for sharing that with us. I’ve added a cautionary note to that idea above.

      Glad you loved this list! 🙂

  5. D says:

    I’ve used your silicone cups idea. Like the cups with tissues and the glove compartment organizer.

  6. Linda says:

    Love the make ahead kits! Most of these ideas are great for me (only most, because I don’t have kids in my car anymore…)

    Must be careful not to put anything in the way of airbags. Most cars have airbags on the side of the backrests now.

  7. Bridget says:

    Thanks for these ideas. I keep a pair of dish gloves and a rain poncho in the back of my car. The gloves are great to use if you have to fix something because they’ll keep your hands clean.

  8. Arlene says:

    The only one I didn’t think was a good idea was keeping change in a pill bottle, people would break in if they thought there were pills in cars. I love the idea of keeping change in the empty gum container

    • Dawn says:

      You can use a little container that M&M’s come in, too. It’s about the same size as a pill bottle. It fits quarters perfectly. I also keep one in my purse for parking meters, etc.

  9. Charli Robinson says:

    Love the silicone cups in the cup holders! They get so yucky! I usually fold a napkin for the bottom but I like this better. Thankx!

  10. Natalie says:

    You could use an old tick tac bottle For bobbi pens. So if your running late to work just put one in bring a brush and then you wont have a messy hair day.

  11. JFlo says:

    Wonderful list of ideas! I do use the headrest hangers for my purse & shopping bags. I also like your visor tissue idea. My tip is to use plastic milk crates in the trunk. Corrals groceries, balls, shoes, etc.

  12. Teri says:

    I thought you had good ideas but your visuals had Facebook, Pinterest, and tweet boxes across them making it frustrating to view.

    • Carly at HappyChappy says:

      Glad you liked the ideas, Teri. Thanks for the feedback too – I really appreciate that. I’ve made a change so that the share icons now appear in the bottom left of the images instead of directly in the center 🙂 Should make for a better experience, while still allowing people to share the content with their friends.

  13. Cindy Wescott says:

    The cup holder will hold a 20oz bottle, but the smaller 16.9 bottles are loose in them. I took a piece of a pool noodle , cut to the right height. Then trim the center to fit the smaller bottle and BAM!!! Perfect fit!!

  14. M. Smith says:

    Liked a lot of the trunk/cargo organization tips. One suggestion from me…a Pharmacist…re: the First Aid Kit…Do NOT keep pills/medication in a car. The extreme heat or cold can destroy the medication and render it ineffective.

  15. Sharon Farnsworth says:

    I use the plastic glasses I get from the fast food restaurant for my trash cans in my car. They fit perfect in the door cup holder so everyone has their own trash and they don’t leak. When they get dirty I can just toss.

  16. Linda Romanowski says:

    The idea of placing mail in front of your steering wheel is a good idea. However, I would bull clip them together. If you are greeted by a gust of wind when you open the door, you might lose your items. A decent sized bull clip will add just enough weight.

    Also, I keep a large plastic drinking cup in my car with a pair of garden scissors. If I purchase flowers, I can easily place them in there, and with the scissors, you can cut the stems down if necessary. Works well if you are on your way to visit a friend, and want to bring something as a “gift”.

  17. Jan says:

    The muffin tin in laundry basket is great.
    Serving a church parties//banquets
    Plan to use this idea.
    Going to make a skirt for out side of basket
    No one will be the wiser.

  18. Michelle says:

    Great tips! Another item I like to keep near my spare tire supplies is a dollar store rain poncho. If it is raining when you get a flat, you can use it for protection. If it’s not raining, you might still use it on the ground to protect your knees or pants.

  19. emily bennettee says:

    Wow, these are some really great car hacks. I love the idea of having extra pockets on my car seat. I wonder if you can get car covers made for your car that has some extra features.

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