Organizing the Car for Summer

Is the trunk of your car or back of your van ready for Summer? I like to be prepared for impromptu picnics, playing at the park, or cleaning up a messy kid. These totes are so inexpensive, maybe $4 each. I have 3 of them I keep in the van. This one is for reuseable shopping bags and yes it’s full. I use all of them when I go grocery shopping.

This tote holds a volleyball, soccer ball, frisbee, lacrosse game and kites. The kids love to play on the playgrounds at parks, but when they get tired of that they’re ready to play one of these other games. They like that mom and dad can join in the fun too.

I keep a first aid kit, sunscreen, bug spray, paper towels, wet wipes, water bottles and 2 picnic blankets in this tote. I feel like we’re ready for almost anything.

The totes fit across the back of the van with room in the front for camp chairs. The chairs are used for watching baseball and soccer games or just watching the kids play at the playground.

Anything can be used to organize your trunk. Try using reuseable shopping bags, empty ice cream containers, collapsible totes or a laundry basket to keep things corraled.

Now if it will just stop raining here.

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch May 22, 2010, 11:33 am

    I just wanted to let you know that I got the cookbook today…and it’s my birthday. What a great present!! Thanks so much! Hope you have a great weekend.

  • Robyn :) May 22, 2010, 5:38 pm

    Great ideas. I just keep blankets in my car and store the reusable shopping bags in my pantry(and usually forget them!!) I think I will look for sales on totes or laundry baskets to use.

  • Shannon May 22, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I would love to join your part! Thanks for the invite!

  • Flowershopgurl May 23, 2010, 6:19 pm

    Hi Leanne, What a great idea, I love it. Just the inspiration I need to keep everything handy in and organized in my car. I want to have a picnic pack with things ready to go…now I know what to do, yay! Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comment on my; “Let’s Address this Head On, address number flower pots! I hope you get to stop by for a visit to see my sweet “PINK” post today! I’m a new follower of yours!

  • Stephanie Lynn May 24, 2010, 12:53 am

    Great idea. I really need to find some bins and organzie my poor trunk. Thanks for sharing these tips! Thanks for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions May 24, 2010, 5:08 am

    I got so tired of things rolling around in my trunk {and now the back of our Explorer} that I got a good size wicker basket that I put everything in.

  • JOY May 24, 2010, 8:30 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this post! I’m going to get my car ready today!

  • Jenn May 29, 2010, 5:21 am

    Great blog you have here! I host a link up party every Tuesday called Tot Tuesdays where you can link up crafts, activities, teaching resources, parenting stories or tips, recipes and things you’ve made for your toddler. I’d love it if you’d stop by sometime & link up!


  • beth anne June 14, 2010, 7:37 pm

    coming from hope studios-great idea! my car is a pit!

  • Wendy June 14, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Great ideas! You just never know when you might need something. And I hear you on the rain! The weather girl tonight said it has rained the last 12 of 14 days and nope, I don’t live in Seattle. I miss the sun!!!

  • Jude from Cape Cod June 16, 2010, 3:29 am

    You’ve inspired me to get my trunk in order, Leanne! I was going to vacuum out the car last weekend, but it rained, so this is on the schedule for Saturday. It’s only June, and my car is already filled with sand — and I haven’t even been to the beach yet!

    A big friendly “wave” to you from Old Cape Cad,
    Judith Anne

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