How to Organise Your Car, Because No One Wants to Sit on Stale Fries

How to Organise Your Car, Because No One Wants to Sit on Stale Fries
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If you’ve already managed to go “Marie Kondo” on your kitchen, your bathroom and your bedroom, the next place you should consider tackling is your car. Let’s be real, we’re all a tad guilty of using our backseat as a major dumping zone for our stinky gym gear, sandy beach towels and that rogue chip you swore you’d pick up after you arrived at your destination.

And if children are part of that equation, then you might have found the occasional doll’s head or LEGO brick on the backseat floor, too.

While most cars these days feature a side pocket on every door and a cup holder or two, a big family might struggle to neatly organise everyone’s bits and bobs.

If you’ve finally had enough of your car looking like a mess every time you step inside, we’ve put together a handful of tips that will keep your ride tidier and more organised for your next drive.

Keep tissues in arm’s reach

Tissue dispenser

It’s both easy — and dangerous — to become distracted looking for your tissue box while driving. Instead of fumbling around in the backseat and risk taking your eyes off the road, keep your tissues close by and literally top of mind with this tissue holder that can slide onto your car’s sun visor.

Not only will it be much easier for you to reach up while driving, but its overhead design will leave more room for your other belongings and less clutter.

Where to buy: eBay ($12.95), Amazon ($13.56)

Add extra car drink holders

Drink holder
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Nothing makes us feel more frantic than picking up our drive-thru McDonald’s order from the window as we struggle to re-jig the available space in our car drink holder slots. Meanwhile, the Maccas employee is patiently (or not-so-patiently) waiting to pass you your Coke. Sure, we could’ve tried clearing some space before we drove up to the window, but where’s the urgency in that?

If you’re someone who struggles with a single cupholder, or just a lack of space, you can grab this car drink holder that clips onto your centre console. It’ll allow you to stash two extra drinks along with your phone or wallet.

Where to buy: eBay ($9.95), Amazon ($15.99)

Stop tossing your trash on the car floor

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Now that we’ve sorted your drink fiasco, how many of you have a bad habit of tossing your takeaway into the backseat when you’re done with it and leaving it there for a week — sometimes more?

This problem is best solved through the addition of a hanging trash bin that you can attach to your centre console. Not only is it collapsible, but it comes with a lid so you can hide that unsightly sight. While you’ll still need to take out your bin every so often, you’ll be less likely to find chip salt scattered across the backseat or remnants of an unfinished Fanta sticking to the floor.

Where to buy: eBay ($10.48 with code ‘AFTERPAY10’), Amazon ($15.99)

Keep everything neatly organised with a seat organiser

How to Organise Your Car, Because No One Wants to Sit on Stale Fries

If you’re running out of room to store your snacks, jumpstart cables and car cleaning products, you might want to consider a car seat organiser.

This trunk car seat organiser hangs from the backseats and comes with eight, strong and deep pockets so you can separate everything you need. Shop it here for $18.20.

But if you’d prefer something smaller so that your passengers can store their belongings, you can grab this one instead. It hangs between the driver and passenger seats, so your mates in the backseat can store their bulky wallets or books.

Where to buy: Amazon ($16.59)

Get some extra storage for your front passengers, too

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Give yourself, and all your front seat passengers some extra storage space for lip balm, chewing gum, pens, parking permits and more with this side-seat organiser. All you have to do is slot it in between the seat and your middle console, and voila, you’ve got yourself some extra storage space to enjoy. This baby also comes in a two-pack, so rest assured, you’re covered for both sides.

Where to buy: eBay ($17.15), Amazon ($32.99)

Hook your handbag onto these hooks

How to Organise Your Car, Because No One Wants to Sit on Stale Fries

If you’ve ever wanted to hang up a coat or your handbag while driving, especially when you’ve got a passenger beside you, these car headrest hooks are the perfect accessory for any car. All you have to do is snap them onto the back of your headrest and Bob’s your uncle. It’s also super handy to pop your grocery bags on — especially the delicates like eggs and glass bottles.

Where to buy: eBay ($3.34 each), Amazon ($9.49 for a four-pack)

Get a handle on your boot with this car organiser

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This car boot organiser is perfect if you like to store your boxing gloves, beach towels, or even picnic gear in your trunk so you’re prepared for anything.

This one happens to come with two securing straps and a removable divider. You can even create a cooler out of one compartment by zipping shut its lid. It’s the ultimate car storage option if you have a lot of stuff you need to keep neatly in one place.

Where to buy: eBay ($17.59), Amazon ($39.97)

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