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[VIDEO]: Car Organization Ideas

In this car organization video I give you ideas on how to organize your car and all of the car organizing systems I have setup inside mine!

Products Used: (some links are affiliate links)

Trunk Tool Caddy
Fuzzy Car Duster
Ice Scraper
Cord Organizer (Pink Macaron)
Magnetic Flare Light
First Aid Organizer
Life Hammer
Emergency Water in a Can
Emergency Water in a Glass Bottle
Collapsible Pet Water Bowl
Vera Bradley Cosmetic Bag in Middle Console (Color is Baroque)
Vera Bradley Duffel Bag in Trunk (Color is Sun Valley)
Coupon Organizer Video

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Alejandra



Car Organization Ideas

Hi everyone. I’m Alejandra from Alejandra.tv and in this video, I’m going to share with you how to organize your car, everything I keep inside my car and I’m going to share any tips for having a less cluttered car when you are driving around town because a less cluttered car is a more comfortable car and everything is easier to access, things are easier to find, and it’s just a more enjoyable experience when there’s less clutter while you’re driving inside your car.

But first, if this is your first time watching any of my videos, you can check out free video series on three tasks to do tonight to feel more organized tomorrow when you wake up. There’s a link below.

How to Organize the Car

So let’s go ahead and get started. In the side door of the driver’s seat the only thing I keep in the side door door bin is a little Fuzzy Wuzzy Duster that I got from Ross for $1.99 about a year and a half ago when I got my car. I love this duster because I can just sit here while I’m pumping gas at the gas station or I’m waiting for Ed or something.

I will stay here and I will just dust the dashboard and dust the wheel. It’s just great. So I think it’s called the Fuzzy Wuzzy but Dollar Tree makes their own version of this. It’s blue and you can get it in the garage auto section.

Organizing the Center Console

So now let’s move to the middle console. I have my phone charger in the console right under the radio and I use one of these cord organizers that just looks like a macaron. It’s like a French macaron. I showed this in my office video last year. But basically it takes a longer cord and you just ravel it around and make it as short as you want it or as long as you want it. Then you just close the sides just like that and then you just feed this through the big end just like that and you have a nice, short cord, so nothing is dangling down inside the car or wherever you’re using the cord organizer. I love these things. They come in all sorts of fun colors. That’s my favorite color.

So then in the middle console, I like to keep the cup holders free of trash, free of anything. So when I have a water bottle in the car, I can actually put my water bottle into the cup holder. In one of the cup holders, I always keep hand sanitizer. The rest of my personal care items are in the middle console which I will show you in a second.

But I use the hand sanitizer pretty much every single time I drive. I’m always spraying it and putting it on my hands. So I will just keep it right here since it’s frequently accessed. The ChapStick, I keep it right here. If it’s not right here, it’s usually inside of my purse.

So now let me show you the middle console.So here’s the middle console of the car and I will show you what’s inside. So let’s look at the top part first. The top part is nice and empty and clear because when I open the bottom part, which I open often, things roll around here and there’s something mounted under the doors. So if there’s more stuff in here, it makes the door heavier. When the door is too heavy, sometimes it doesn’t stay open. So I just keep that nice and empty.

In the top part of the center console, I have a life hammer that’s mounted on the door right here with a Command strip. Basically a life hammer is in case you’re stuck in the car and you can’t get out. You can just grab this tool. It’s nice and accessible right here on the front seat of the car and you can just bang this against the window and the window will instantly crack.

So it’s in case of emergencies and it’s nice and out of the way on the door. Inside the middle console, I have everything stored vertically. Everything is stored vertically to make it nice and accessible. So I can just come here, grab this. I don’t have to remove this to get to what’s in the bottom. Nothing is stacked on top of each other. Everything is nice and vertical.

So let’s show you what’s inside. The first thing is wipes for the car, so in case I need to wipe anything down. There are hand wipes. In case I need more than hand sanitizer, I can grab a wipe in case my hands are sticky.

There’s a notepad in case I need to take any notes or make any lists while I’m waiting in the car. There is car freshener. So in case I need to spray the car for whatever reason, I have that. There is a pack of dental flossers in case I can’t brush my teeth and I need to. I have food stuck in my teeth.

Then right here, I have a cosmetic bag with all my personal care items. So I always keep this cosmetic bag open. If it’s zipped, I would have to open this door, unzip the bag to get to things inside. So it’s easier just to keep it unzipped.

This is just one of those Vera Bradley cosmetic bags. I love these things because they come lined. So in case anything spills, you can just wipe these things down. You can also put them in the washer and wash them in case they’re dirty.

I got this at the Outlet for – I think it was like $4. It was 50 percent off. So the first thing I have is hand lotion. Sometimes I keep the hand lotion right here if my hands are – you know, they’re extra dry in the winter or something. Otherwise, it’s just kept inside this thing.

This is one of those things that you just wet it and you remove deodorant from your shirt or from your clothes. Those things are awesome.

We have a pack of tissues for blowing your nose, a pack of Altoids, a pack of gum. I have my favorite pens. So this is the Uniball Jetstream 0.7. This one is actually 0.5. Point seven is my favorite one but 0.5 is nice as well.

I love these things because they write smoothly. They come in fun colors and they don’t smear. I’m left-handed. So a lot of pens will get the ink on the side of my hand. But these ones are just awesome. I will put a link to where to get these in fun colors. Usually in the store, you can only get red, blue, and black. But if you go online to a certain website, you can get fun colors like this purple one right here. Purple, pink, green and orange, you can find them online.

So those stay at the bottom and I have pain relievers right here. It’s labeled. In case I’m not in the car and someone else is and they need something, there’s a label. Here is a reusable proscription bottle that I put quarters in for parking at meters and in case you want to know what’s inside, there’s a nice label, nice clear label with white font that says, “$0.25”.

Ponytail holder. There’s a small pack of honey. So this is in case of emergencies. Mojo has – Mojo is my dog. She has low blood sugar sometimes and when that happens, she has these episodes. So we will just put honey on her gums and it helps.

A key to our storage unit. Everything is currently in storage and that is everything inside of this console.

Glove Compartment Organization

So here’s my glove compartment. I will show you what’s inside. So the first thing is I have a poly envelope of napkins. So that might sound silly. Like, why are these napkins inside of a poly envelope? They’re inside of a poly envelope so that they don’t get dusty, dirty or contaminated because when you want a napkin to blow your nose or to clean your hands, you want something that’s nice and clean. So this is just one of those poly envelopes that’s from Dollar Tree. They’re two for a dollar. They’re kind of hard to find. I’ve only seen them at one Dollar Tree in all the Dollar Trees that I’ve been to and they’re really nice because they have a nice, tight snap just like that. You can kind of hear how nice it is. They’re durable. They come in pink. They come in green, blue and I think black or white. I think it’s black. So yeah, that just stays right there.

Then I have my car manual that came with my car and inside here, I have a copy of my car insurance card that’s laminated. I have my inspection car. I have my inspection report. I have a copy of my driver’s license in case for whatever reason I don’t have my driver’s license on me and I have contact information for the place where I get my car serviced.

Then on this side on the door, this is – I’m sitting in the passenger seat right here. So right here, I have my coupon binder, which I’ve done a video on like – something like two years ago. Nothing has changed with this thing. I love this thing. I will link this video below. This thing is so organized and it just makes it really easy to find your coupons and just maintain this thing.

So that hangs out here. Sometimes it’s inside the house when I’m going through and cleaning it out and adding coupons. Sometimes it’s with me inside my purse. But most of the time, it lives right here in this car door.

How to Organize the Bask Seat of the Car

So here we are in the backseat of the car. So there’s not much stuff in the backseat of the car because we don’t have kids. We don’t have a lot of people that’s jam-packed inside the car. Only when we’re carpooling, which isn’t that often. But let me show you what’s back here.

So back here on this door, I have an umbrella. So this stays inside the car at all times and every time I use it, I will air it out outside the car and then make sure it comes back inside the car so I always have an umbrella in case I’m out and it’s raining.

So then back here, so right here is a trash bag. I just have a paper bag from the grocery store and I will just put trash in here whenever there’s trash. Then every time I go to the gas station, if the trash bag is filled, I will empty the trash in the gas station. If it’s not filled and there’s nothing in there that’s like – could be smelly – if something is going to smell of the car, I’m not going to put it back here. I’m going to immediately take it to a trash can if I’m stopping somewhere or I’m going home. Whatever trash goes in here is anything that won’t smell like a napkin, a paper towel, a wrapper of some sort.

So that’s that. So right now, I have a big trash bag. Normally I just have a plastic trash bag from the grocery store. But right now, I have a lot of trash that I’m collecting because of our lifestyle right now. We’re in between homes and there’s just a lot of trash that has been collected inside the car.

So just – what I’m trying to say is just use the trash can, trash bag, whatever size fits your needs and empty it every time you go to the gas station or whenever it’s filled.

That was a long explanation for a trash bag. All right. So then back here, I just have all my reusable bags and I just hang this on the back of this headrest right here and everything is nested inside of each other. This is a good reusable bag. It holds a lot of bags. So everything is just folded inside. It’s old batches. I just kind of fold it in quarters and then just put it in there. There’s no real method to how I fold my reusable bags because they get used, they get stuffed inside and it works the way it is. All right. So that is everything back here.

Trunk Organization

So here we are inside the trunk. I’m going to show you everything I have inside here and all of the trunk organizing systems that I have set up. The first thing is I have this cargo net right here. So in case I’m parked on a hill and I need to open the trunk, everything is not going to come rolling out. This is somewhat of a barrier to keep it secure and in place.

The second half of this – the cool thing about this cargo net is it has – right here. It opens and you can store things inside. I have paper towels in case of a spill, in case I need extra napkins, in case I need to clean something. Who knows? But these are safe right inside here. You can also put reusable bags inside here. You can put groceries, any kind of stuff, sports gear.

I’m going to take this thing down and show you what else is back here. I have an extra bag of reusable bags right here in front of me. I normally keep this inside of our house. Normally I keep reusable bags inside the car and inside the house.

Right now, we are in between homes and all of our stuff is in storage. A lot of stuff is in different places that it’s not usually – this is not usually in the car. But this is one that goes inside the house. All right. So over here, I have things that are going back to the store. So right now, we’re in the process of building a house and have all these floor samples right here. I’m going back to the flooring place this week to make sure I don’t forget them. They’re already loaded into the trunk.

This right here is going to my sister. I’m seeing my sister tomorrow. So we will unload this when I get to her house, give it to her. Same thing with this bag in the back. This is going to a drop-off location in a couple of weeks, like two weeks. So that’s going to go back to that place in a couple of weeks.

The two things that I always keep inside my trunk is this bag right here and then this really heavy organizer right here, which I’m going to go through and show you every single thing that’s inside. So the first thing is I have a towel inside my trunk in case I’m hauling something that’s dirty, that might scratch the bottom of the trunk. I will just line it here. If I know I’m going to be hauling something, I will bring a bigger towel or a moving blanket or a felt pad from home instead of this towel because this is a little small.

The second thing – oh, and this bag is from Vera Bradley, the Vera Bradley outlet for 50 percent off. The second thing is this big organizer right here. So this organizer, I love this thing. I got it from Kmart for $9.99. It comes in two colors. It comes in this fun, navy color and then it comes in a fun pink. It’s like a milkshake strawberry pink.

I felt like this matched the car better, so I got this one. But it’s an awesome deal because it’s so heavy duty. It has all these pockets. I can store stuff inside. It has a nice handle. It’s secure and it’s just nice. All right. So let me show you everything that’s inside here.

Let’s start on the side. Out of everything inside this organizer, this measuring tape is used the most. I feel like I’m always measuring things. It has a nice hook right here and it just stays right here and I will just take it wherever I go if I need it and then put it back right there.

There’s rope if I need to rope anything down or tie something down or hauling something. Here are all these plastic grocery bags. So if I’m not using a paper trash can in the backseat of my car, I’m using a plastic grocery bag in the front seat of my car to carry a small amount of trash.

These just get shoved inside here. In the front of the organizer, I have one of those tire pressure – taking tire pressure on your wheels thing. I have a knife that has multiple tools in here in case I need tools and I broke down or I just need scissors or something.

I have Mojo’s poopy bags right here. So in case we’re hiking, going on a picnic and keep those in the back here. Matches in case I need matches. I never use them but if I need a match, I had a match. On this side, there’s a thermal blanket. So in case we get broken down and it’s freezing outside, that we have one of those thermal blankets to keep us warm. These right here are those hand warmers or foot warmers. Again, in case it’s really cold and you’re trying to stay warm.

All right. Inside of the organizer, I have this little ice scraper for the windshield of the car. I got this thing – I think I paid like seven bucks on Amazon. This thing is the best ice scraper. I will link everything I’m showing above, so you can check it out. This was an awesome deal.

This is that bowl – Mojo’s collapsible pet bowl that I said we had two of. This green one stays in the car. Just like that. These things are awesome. I have a flashlight in case I need a flashlight. I don’t keep the batteries inside because the batteries will die faster if they’re kept inside. Instead, I keep them in a plastic bag just like this. I will just load them in when I need a flashlight.

I have a flare light, again in case I get – I break down. Its’ night time and I want to send out a signal. This thing I think has like 18 different flare lights, different lights, whatever they’re called. I spent like four hours one day researching flare lights and this thing had the best reviews based on everything we want inside of a flare light.

Some of these things I know are just in case of emergency. But I’m one of those people that would rather be over-prepared than be under-prepared and in a situation where you need some of these things.

Painter’s tape in case I need to tape something or in case I just need tape for whatever reason. I have a first aid kit. So inside the first aid kit, I have different sized Band-Aids. I have ointment, first aid ointment. I have a moist, cleansing wipe, and then that’s it. It all goes inside this nice first aid organizer right here.

All right. Energy bars. So in case I’m in a situation where I’m not going to be eating for a while or I’m broken down and I’m hungry, these are emergency energy bars. I can’t say that they’re only saved for emergencies because sometimes I get hungry and I eat them. They’re kept in the trunk so they’re hard to access. So I won’t eat them. Just like – you know, if I keep them in the front seat, I’m more likely to eat them. That’s why they’re in the back.

Now the last thing is a water which I can say that I do not drink these waters. I can be really thirsty and I will not come back here and drink these waters because they are expensive. So I keep a four-pack of glass water bottles in here in case of an emergency. I keep glass because plastic, when it gets heated, it can leach chemicals and get into your water and you don’t want to drink that water, especially if you’re just using it in case of an emergency. You don’t want it sitting in your car for a really long time and then you could be drinking water with chemicals inside.

So I have glass. This has been through a very cold winter and the glass does not break. It has not broken and it has been in a really hot summer and nothing has happened.

Now if you go to the grocery store and you look for these glass water bottles, they’re probably the most expensive water bottles in the whole grocery store. However, TJ Maxx carries these water bottles. I just saw them yesterday, four for $5.99, which is still kind of expensive. But for a glass of water bottle, it’s not that bad.

Now if you just put this in your car with glass, four-glass water bottles, it’s going to rattle and you’re going to hear constant glass shaking. So what I did was I wrapped two of them in paper towels and now you shake them, you don’t hear any glass. So if you have glass, you can do that and you won’t hear the annoying sound.

That’s everything inside of my trunk. It’s everything back here. Now, the one thing I’m always mindful to do, which I kind of mentioned in the backseat of the car is to constantly take things out of your car if they don’t belong in the car.

So when you come to your trunk to put the groceries away, you’re not scrambling for space. You’re not throwing things around. You have space. Space is plentiful. So if something doesn’t belong in a car, take it inside your house when you get home. If there’s trash, when you get to a trash can or go to places like the gas station when you fill up your tank, take your trash. Put it in the trash can.

Just try and keep the things that you use and you need inside your car and nothing more. The less stuff you have cluttering up your car, the more comfortable your car is going to be for yourself, for your passengers and anyone in the back seat. They don’t want to be sitting in the car and they can’t even put their feet on the ground because there’s just so much stuff that’s in the way.

When you have a clear car – not a clear car, but when you have a less cluttered car, it’s just more comfortable for everyone inside the car.

So I hope you found this video helpful. I will go ahead and link all the products I showed you down below in the description. If this is your first time watching any of my videos, you can subscribe for more tips in getting organized or check out my website Alejandra.tv. I will see you in a later video. Thanks for watching. Bye.

 

    Alejandra Costello
  • About Alejandra

    Over the past 9 years, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 85+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and "The Decluttering Queen" by Good Morning America, Alejandra's expertise has been featured in The New York Times, Oprah, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. You can read more about Alejandra here.

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