It's been a cold, cold winter and with two small kiddos tossing their clothes, socks, shoes, trash, papers, toys, (full) drinks, dipping sauces, lunch, snacks,and the puking and the potty accidents, and the boo boos-- Did I mention that we spend a lot of time on the go?-- my van was an absolute mess.
My hardworking van needed some immediate TLC and some serious organization and fast.
Sound familiar? Well, Keep on reading because in this post I'm going to share with you exactly how I turned my cluttered van into a lean, mean, organized machine.
Step 1: Organize what goes in and out of your vehicle.
This sounds silly, I mean, can't the kids back packs stay on the floor? Sure, if you live in a perfect world where your kids always take their bags and backpacks out of the car. For those of us in the real world, crap gets left in the car all the time. A small bin, sitting between the two pilot seats in the back, holds car toys, backpacks, and whatever else gets left in the van. I can easily bring the tote inside to clear it out once a week.
A small basket on the front passenger seat holds my bag or whatever I need for the day, but is easily moved to the back floor if I need the passenger seat.
In the trunk, a second bin and a trunk bin sits empty, ready to hold sports equipment, purchase, or whatever.
Step 2: Make a list of items you want to keep in the vehicle. What have you needed but didn't have? What items are in your vehicle now?
I am constantly on need of wet wipes, napkins, tissues, and diapers, so those were first on my list. Basic first aid, pain relievers, allergy meds, blankets, extra clothes, sunscreen, bug repellant, a picnic blanket, quiet children's activities, and snacks all made my list of must- haves.
But where, oh where to put all that?
Step 3: Find a home for everything you need to keep in your vehicle.
Look for hidden storage for lesser used items. imagine my delight when I realized that my stow-and-go seating even provides hidden storage. I stashed blankets and extra clothes for my husband and I under one seat. The other, I left empty empty so I could easily fold down the seat when I needed the extra floor space.
I placed a roll of paper towels, a box of tissues and some snacks in my center console and activity bags in the bin behind the passenger seat. My diaper bag stays in front of Alli's seat and holds diapers and an extra set of clothes for both girls.
The first aid kit stays in the front cubbie above the glove box.
What's in my first aid kit, you ask? The usual: band aids, neosporin spray and alcohol wipes, kid's and adult Tylenol, kid's and adult allergy meds, eye drops, nail clippers, tweezers, hand sanitizer and deodorant, bug spray and sun screen.
Now, go take inventory of what you need to keep in your car and get packing. Don't worry if your husband thinks you've gone crazy! You'll thank me the next time your out running errands/at the park/driving with your kiddos... anywhere.