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Now, let me start by saying that if my husband & Dad saw this post, they would probably laugh, because although I do all of these things to keep our car organized, there are always extra shoes (cleats, usually, from sports) in the back seat, always a snack or water bottle left behind and you can count on seeing two or three coats left behind (not to mention a few toys).   With that being said… Here are the things I do:

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Every Sunday we do a “family car cleaning”.  The boys take grocery bags & put EVERYTHING into them.  They bring them inside and I go through them.

I leave coats in the trunk (well, pull-overs).  I do this because our kids are constantly cold, especially in restaurants, so if I can have a coat handy, it works out great.

I keep an extra pair of flip-flops for our kids in the trunk.  Our 2 year old often forgets his shoes (or takes them off and throws them out into the garage when I am not looking, while I am getting everyone in the car)  Our older boys have been known to break a flip-flop, so having extras is always a good idea in our house.

I keep all plug-ins & chargers (gps, phone charger, DVD charger) in the little console below the dashboard.  When it is closed, you can’t see anything.

I keep extra plastic grocery bags in our car, along with extra diapers, just in case.

My best tip for keeping your car organized: I have a basket located towards the front.  My Mom had this idea and it has worked out really well.  I have the kids bring everything up at the end of every trip (except their Leapster Explorers- they stay in the car.  Read more about why here)  I just take the basket in and go through it.  It takes about two minutes and then I take the empty basket back out when I’m done.    This works as a garbage can and a collect-all.

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Read more about what I keep in our car- tips for taking a road trip with kids (first aid kits, cleaning supplies) here


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I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I keep hand-me-down sweatshirts in the car, so the kids have something to put on when they are cold. I like the idea of taking things out of the car at least once a week! With two kids, stuff tends to gather in our van!

  2. These are awesome! I love the home made carpet freshener! Living in Alaska I generally only get to do a through cleaning twice a year. Once its warm enough and before it gets too cold. I do have the kids go out with plastic bags and remove everything in the car once a week. Helps keep the clutter down. I also keep a container of Clorox wipes in the car for when i’m waiting or hanging out, to do a quick wipe down. I keep plastic “wrap” stuff they lay down in new cars to protect my carpets from ice, snow, water, gravel, salt etc, and use rubber mats. Thank you for sharing!

    1. 🙂 I love that plastic wrap idea! I should have done that when we lived in PA!