Confessions of a messy gal

Is it just me, or does your car get like this too?

I don’t think a trip in the car has ever gone by without some new piece of trash being tossed on the floor of my vehicle.

Because I am so super smart, Mensa qualified, scored 180 on IQ tests, copied this from Good Housekeeping several years ago, I no longer suffer from losing my children in the car every time we take a trip in the car..

Get a laundry basket for your car. Keep it in there at all times. Use it to put in all things that need to be brought in from your car – trash, toys, sports equipment, kids… And the double duty part is that when you bring home groceries, put your grocery bags into the basket and you can carry in several at a time.
I’m lazy.

And a slob.

So this works for me.


  1. What a great idea! We also suffer from M.C.S. (Messy Car Syndrome). This could definitely help.

  2. Kathy in WA says

    This is a great idea! Do you keep it in the back (are we talking about a minivan?) or in the front, along the side somewhere. Just wondering about the particulars.

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    Thanks for the clever tip!

  3. What a great idea….I’m putting a basket in the boot right away.

  4. My car currently looks like I’ve lived in it for years. This sounds like a good idea! Of course, knowing me, I’ll just corral all the junk out there and it’ll still be out there forever! LOL

  5. mom_of2boys says

    Great idea! My vehicle’s not a mess (I’m a neat freak) but it will definitely help with all the sports equipment that is about to make it’s way in.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. My daughter insisted recently that we put a garbage can between the two seats in the van. She was getting sick of me making her go out and clean out the van. So I did. And it stays so much cleaner!

    I try to load up on those green boxes to go grocery shopping with, but my problem is that they come into the house, and then they never get back out to the van. Sigh.

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  7. Playful Professional says

    I currently use a duffel bag because a laundry basket doesn’t fit quite as well… but I may have to try your idea. THanks.!

  8. I love this idea for keeping the car organized. What a great idea for bringing groceries in as well. Thanks for sharing Karla! :o)

  9. Hey, great idea. For some reason our vehicles get like this too. I always say I hope people don’t judge my housekeeping abilities by the state o my car. My house is kept nothing like my car. I’m not sure why there is such a distinct difference between the cleanliness/tidiness of my car compared to that of my house. It’s quite embarrassing, actually. Like, I had to take my car to get towed to the shop a few weeks back and I keep thinking to myself. . . these mechanics are going to think I’m a regular slob by the state of my car. I just hope they don’t try to “complimentary” clean it. I’d feel even worse if they did that.
    The laundry basket is a great idea. I think we’re going to try that.

  10. That’s a great idea!

    My rule is every time we leave the car, both hands must be carrying something back into the house.

    It seems to be working.

  11. Hee hee! But it seems like this would only work for a big car/van? Ideas for a small car?

  12. That is a really good idea!

  13. Cassie - Homeschooling Four says

    Great tip! Thanks. My sis-in-law does the same thing.

  14. You are brilliant, my friend. Thanks for sharing this. I’m very hopeful that this might help me keep my van clean!

  15. lovemyraysons says

    FABULOUS idea! And not just for my kid’s but for my front seat too. Love it!

  16. That’s not lazy – that’s BRILLIANT!

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