We got a new (to us) car last month, and I might as well go ahead and say it - It is a mini van. I drive a mini van now, a Toyota Sienna, to be exact. I wanted it, then I had second thoughts, and now it is mine.
After I got over the oh-my-word-I-drive-a-mini-van heart palpitations, I started to strategize about how I would transfer all my "mom stuff" from my old car to this new, umm, mini van. I had to figure out all the new nooks and crannies, and I was pleasantly surprised. Even though I now have much more room, the transfer allowed me to purge unnecessary items. I became more organized in this area where I am (admittedly) pretty particular.
Let's start at the front of the car. I love (love!!) that the Sienna has a built in hook that is perfectly placed for a grocery bag turned trash receptacle. (I'm pretty sure a mom designed the interior, to be honest.) Also, I try to keep an umbrella and a roll of paper towels within reach.
Ya never know.
I keep hand sanitizer and kleenex in the middle console, but my absolute must-have is antibacterial hand wipes:
I know - some people say we shouldn't be using so much antibacterial goo, or that it isn't good for us. I say, a stomach bug is never good for us. Period. End of sentence. Now, wash your hands.
I have to thank Captain Safety, also known as my husband, for the contents of the trunk. He has always insisted on an Emergency Roadside Kit, and while we've never used it, I'm glad it is there.
I probably need to remove the stroller. I can't remember the last time we used it outside of Disney World. Still, it is kind of nice to know it is back there. The beach towel comes in handy for picnics, or boys who always find a way to get filthy at the park. The diaper bag holds a change of clothes, and the wipes/baby powder do a great job of removing sand.
We keep a first aid kit in the "trunk" as well, and I use it ALL the time. Just yesterday, Big Guy fell and scrapped his hands on a rough sidewalk, and the band aids came in handy.
How do you keep your car organized? What are your essentials?
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