Car Organizer Ideas Under $5
Super Easy and Cheap
(...And The Kids Will Love Them)
by Bill Flitter
Everyone who has kids knows what it’s like to have a car filled with junk. Your back seat can go from clean to cluttered in a matter of a single road trip. Every parent has a car with a back seat covered in toys, jackets, hats, hair clips, and sometimes even garbage. For those of you with cars that look like the kid’s closet took it over, here are some easy car organizer tips for keeping your car zen-like.
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Car Organizer Hacks Under $5
The first hack is to use shower hangers with clear plastic holders to keep all the back seat snacks and knick knacks organized and up off the upholstery. It’s also a great way to sort toiletries for car camping and long road trips. You can also try hanging one of these over the back of the front seat so that they hang down in front of the back seat, you know, for easy access.
Price: $7 at Amazon
Heidi Castro, Mom
Staying with the shower organizer theme, a shower caddy can come in handy to keep the back seat clean as well. I’ll admit it makes running through In n Out for a burger very appealing.
Price: $4.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond
Suction Cup Caddy
Shower organizers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, with a variety of features. And if your container happens to have suction cups, then BOOM, you got yourself a portable doo-dads holder. It’s perfect for long road trips as well as everyday running around. (source)
Price: $4.27 at Amazon
(Are you sensing that a shower organizer also makes for handy car organizer?)
DIY Tablet Holder
If your family is lucky enough to have an iPad that the kids can use, then you might want to take the time to make this DIY Tablet Holder. Just fit the homemade holder around the front seat headrest with the tablet attached. Now the kids can see the screen without fighting over who gets to hold it. You will need to know how to sew to make this little beauty.
Price: FREE — materials you likely already have around your house.
Recycled Kleenex Box
During road trips, cars can accumulate trash faster than you can drive down the highway. And you can only store so many napkins and trash bags in the glove box. If you don’t like the idea of letting the garbage sit there until the next gas station, then why not stuff a bunch of plastic trash bags in an empty kleenex box? This is a great idea for camping trips too!
Cereal Storage Container
If you want to skip the trash bags and have the trash go straight to a garbage can, then this handy organization hack will make you smile. Simply convert a standard cereal container into a portable trash can with lid. Perfect for half-eaten lollipops and leftover french fries.
Price: $4.39 at Search Outlet
DIY Removable Shelf
A pop-up trunk shelf is the perfect idea to double your SUV’s storage and organization space. If your vehicle did not offer the option of a removable shelf for your trunk space (i.e., Honda CRV), then consider making your own. This DIY project is a bit more complicated than stuffing trash bags in a tissue box. However, the industrious among you could handle this project no problem. The shelf pops up when you need it and pops down when you don’t. Not only does it increase your storage space and keep items separated, but it also keeps valuables hidden when you park your car.
Price: $3.17 at Home Depot (alternative solution, if you are not handy)
Over To You
These are just a few car organizer hacks to try and keep your car tidy when travelling with kids. What are your ideas on keeping your back seat organized?