9 "Why Didn't I Think of That?" Car Organizing Hacks

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If you all too often find yourself apologizing to your passengers for the "hot mess" that is your car, you're in the right place. These dollar store car organizing hacks are so cheap and easy, you'll wonder why you didn't think of them sooner. 

Shower Caddy Car Fluids Organizer

If you break down on the side of the road, that motor oil does you no good sitting at home in the garage. For safe measure, keep a few small bottles of the essentials tucked away in a shower caddy (Image 1). And to prevent the caddy from toppling over in transit, secure it to your trunk wall with a small strip of heavy-duty hook and loop tape (Image 2).

Lunch On the Go

This one is great for all us busy folks out there. Keep a few of these small shower caddies in the house for out-the-door meals and a few in the car for fast food stops. It's much tidier than balancing everything on your lap!

Corral With Carabiners

Make the most of your car's vertical space by using climbing carabiners as bag hooks. They're great for transporting your purse, gym bag, groceries and more!

Tissue Box Grocery Bag Dispenser

Plastic grocery bags are great for bagging up wet clothes, muddy cleats and miscellaneous trash. They also come in handy at the farmer's market! Store a handful in an empty tissue box for easy use. 

Makeup Bag Emergency Kit

Makeup bags with multiple zipper compartments make perfect car emergency kits. Mine folds up flat and stores easily in the pouch behind the passenger seat.

Ice Pop Console Organizer

The bottom of an ice pop mold is perfect for organizing small items like coins, lip gloss and garage door openers in your console. Plus, the molds come in all different shapes and sizes to fit any console.

Cereal Dispenser Trash Can

This one's as easy as it gets. Just add a small trash bag to a cereal container and you have a sealable, portable on-the-go trash can. To prevent spills, secure to the floor with a piece of heavy-duty hook and loop tape.

Kid Command Center

Is kid clutter taking over your car? Clean it up with a hanging toiletries organizer-turned-entertainment station. When you reach your destination, either leave it in the car or fold it up into a portable play pack your kids can carry with them for hours of fun.

Necessities in Reach

Hayley at Grey House Harbor came up with this genius idea for keeping the kiddos occupied during a long car ride. Suction cup shower caddies are a great way to store water, snacks, toys and other pint-size necessities within reach of little hands. Hayley's Note: "Colored pencils at eye level are probably not a good idea in the event of an accident. Maybe crayons instead?" 

Borderline Genius Life Hacks Every Parent Should Know

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Play With Their Food

"My one go-to [parenting] trick is food-related. I add faces and make shapes with everything! Tofu trees, smiley rice cakes, you name it!" -Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage

Try Lorena's advice at home and make this funny-face toast for your kids, as seen in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Alison Gootee (food styling, Khalil Hymore)

Frosty First Aid

"Popsicles for splinters. If a child has a splinter they can numb it with the popsicle. It tints the splinter so it shows up better, then [a] parent can gently remove it with a [set of] tweezers." -Facebook fan Dawn Marie Bowers Chentfant

Bite-Size Time Saver

"I use a pizza cutter to cut most of my children's food into nice pieces: waffles, pancakes, etc." -Facebook fan Elissa Gallien

Photo By: Wijnand Loven ©Wijnand Loven

Tools for Tots

"When [I'm] trying to get a project done and my 5 and 7 year olds keep getting in the way, I just find a child-safe tool and hand [it] to them so they feel like they are helping." -Facebook fan Keith Benedetti

Tape Fixes Everything

"I couldn't afford a popular toy train track for my son, so I ran some low tack painters tape [down] the length of the hallway so he had a train track for his toys." -Facebook fan Scuba Steve

Can It

"For Legos, we have two brightly-colored small trash cans with lids in the play area. All the kids know where to get them for building and where to place them when done." -HGTV reader Audrey

Photo By: DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Raking It In

"We use a garden shrub rake to 'rake up' the small pieces [of plastic block sets] on the carpet. Kids think it is fun!" -Facebook fan Anne Littmann

Photo By: Enrique Ramos Lopez

Tickle Monster

"My daughter would fight bedtime, so Daddy started turning into 'Tickle Monster' if she resisted and her bed was the only safe spot. Problem solved." -Facebook fan Michael Deo Fulscher

Photo By: monkeybusinessimages

Stack the Sheets

"If you have an infant or young child, stack the sheets. Alternate rubber pads and sheets, so when baby has an accident in the middle of the night all you have to do is take off the top layer and you are good to go! No more remaking the bed in the middle of the night!" -Facebook fan Beth Wile Meyerowitz

Adult Grape Juice

"Wine...lots and lots of wine." -Facebook fan Britney Ballin

Photo By: Tricia Messeroux

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