7 tips for keeping your car organised with kids

Kids are cute but can bring a little chaos to your life, especially when you’re on the go!

The family car often bears the brunt of family life - toys, clothes, crumbs, rubbish and usually a couple of hard to identify sticky things ;)

The good news is, keeping the car organised is simple when you have a few hacks to help!

Here are my favourite ways to turn a cluttered car into a well-organised travel hub:

Create Individual Travel Kits.

Going on a road trip? Give your children personalised travel kits with their favourite toys, books, & snacks. These help keep your car tidy and also provide entertainment for the journey. A small backpack for each child works well, and you can switch out the contents regularly to keep things fresh.

Invest in Car-Friendly Storage Solutions.

There are some great storage products designed specifically for cars like back-of-the-seat organisers and multi-compartment bins, car boot organisers and caddies to house everything from wipes and tissues to electronic gadgets. Modern cars also have plenty of little storage spots in them so have a good look at the spaces you have inside your vehicle. Cars only look cluttered when items don’t have a place they belong. Everything gets much neater once you sort your stuff into spots and pockets!

Implement a Clean-Up Routine.

A simple routine can make all the difference. Encourage your children to collect their belongings at the end of each trip and pop their rubbish in the bin every time you get out of the car. This habit will not only preserve the car's cleanliness but also teach them responsibility and organisation.

Designate a Rubbish Bin.

If you find yourself with a lot of loose wrappers thrown about on car trips, having a designated bin in the car can really help. Pop a portable container with a lid in the car and before everyone gets out, pass it around and get them to pop their rubbish into it.

Keep Essentials on Hand.

Store essential items like wet wipes, hand sanitiser, and a first aid kit in a central and easily accessible location or the glove box if that’s your only storage option. A small container or zipped pouch can hold these necessities, ensuring that you have what you need when you need it.

Set Rules for Eating.

If you allow eating in the car, setting clear guidelines can prevent unnecessary messes. Use spill-proof drink bottles and pack easy-to-handle snacks (nothing too sticky), and make sure that everyone understands the importance of keeping the car clean. Whoever eats the snack takes care of the rubbish, it’s not solely mum’s job!

I hope you found these ideas helpful! If you’re ready for next steps in organising your home and life, you might want to check out my popular House & Family Binder. It’s a simple set of prints to help you get organised and run your household without stress and overwhelm.

x Marissa