Conquer Car Clutter

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Is car clutter driving you crazy?  (Sorry, that pun was intentional.) If so, you’re not alone. Automobiles of all sizes have a well-known tendency to attract and hold clutter.

You already know you need to remove all the stuff that doesn’t belong in your car–that’s the simple part.  But what can you do about the stuff you really need to keep handy when you’re in the driver’s seat?  I’m talking about necessities: sunglasses, cell phone, tissues, pen or pencil, notepad, cleaning wipes and whatever else you want to be able to reach easily while you’re behind the wheel without taking your eyes off the road.

Fortunately there are auto organizers designed to keep those necessities right at hand yet out of the way. Here are three I recommend for conquering car clutter:

  • The Driver Cup Auto Organizer fits in any cup holder and features a rear cord port for charging a cell phone, three soft Driver Cup Auto Organizer Imagepockets (fabric-lined for safe storage of glasses and small personal electronics), and a mesh front pocket for holding ear buds, change or cash. The rubber cord port lets you easily charge your cell phone or MP3 player while you drive.
  • Another space-saver is the Driver Pocket Auto Organizer, designed to hang from the dashboard vent via a two-way clip.  It has one large pocket with rigid sides to keep it open, plus a small front pocket; both pockets are lined with padding to protect your electronics.
  • A larger option is the Automobile Catch-All Organizer which fits neatly on a seat, console or floor of any size vehicle.  It includes a large main section with a movable divider; two outside mesh pockets; a corner pocket; and a lid with Velcro closure.  Reinforced sides keep the unit sitting upright, and bottom grip-strips make sure it stays in place.

For more tips on this topic, read “Keeping your car clutter-free.”

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Car trunk organizers

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Is your trunk full of junk–or does it just look that way?  A cluttered jumble of sports gear, gym clothes, toys, emergency supplies and other miscellany can make any auto look junky. (Not to mention the frustration of trying to find space in there for bags of groceries.)

The trick to organizing your vehicle’s cargo area is in choosing car-friendly containers to help create and maintain order.  Here are three examples of handy car trunk organizers that can speedily transform your mess-on-wheels into a tidier ride:

  • The Expandable Cargo Tote is a three-section organizer that lets you fold away any unused sections (an unlikely scenario,Expandable Cargo Tote Image but it’s nice to have the option). The tote also features three mesh pockets for stashing small supplies, side handles for easy carrying, and Velcro fasteners on the bottom that attach to your car’s carpet flooring so it stays in place during transit.
  • The Folding Trunk Organizer is a four-compartment container that adjusts to fit cargo areas in cars of all sizes, from large SUV’s to compacts.  The accordion design expands from 10 x 12 inches to 40 x 20 inches. Each compartment is large enough to fit a paper grocery bag; the fourth compartment also has a removable divider that sticks in place (with Velcro) to create four sections ideal for safely transporting wine bottles.
  • Designed for SUV’s and crossover vehicles, the Trunk Cargo Organizer is a five-pocket Trunk Cargo Organizer Imageelasticized mesh storage system that hangs (via adjustable snap-on straps) from back seat headrest posts.  Three of the pockets are large and stretchy to accommodate big and/or bulky items such as soccer balls, while two smaller pockets are at the top–easy to reach from the back seat so they’re ideal for stashing frequently used items.

More types of car organizers can be found here.

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Answer: Car Visor Organizer

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Q. I recently bought a Car Visor Storage Band.  Unfortunately, my visor is very small, and it doesn’t fit. Ideally what I would like is something that will fit horizontally along the long side of my car visor. I don’t care if it covers up both sides of the visor, I just need something that will hold securely, and I can clip little handheld walkie talkies to the back of. My car visor measures 14.5 inches by 5 inches. Do you have anything that would work for this?

A. Your car visor’s 5-inch height is indeed narrower than most visor organizers.  The Visor Registration Wallet is 5 inches by 10.5 inches so it should fit. Visor Registration Wallet Image If you’d prefer a different type of visor organizer, the Grid-It is only slightly larger at 5.25 inches by 13.55 inches.

 

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