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    Things To Help Anyone Whose Car Could Best Be Described As "A Mess"

    Cars are like a second home on wheels so give it the organization TLC it deserves.

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    1. A collapsible trunk crate with different compartments that'll work double time to keep everything neat and organized, and then prevent it all from rolling around the trunk.

    Reviewer image of the blue organizer in trunk holding various groceries

    Promising review: "This thing is great! I use one section to hold a bottle of windshield washer fluid, another to hold all my reusable grocery bags, and the biggest one to hold anything from a bag of groceries, or smaller packages — the things that typically would slide around all over back there while driving. The quality is great, super sturdy! I know it's going to hold up for a long while! I'm glad I paid a bit extra in this category of items for the quality." —Daivd A

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98 (available in two sizes and four colors).

    2. A cleaning putty that will use its oh-so sticky powers to get in every nook and cranny of your ride to remove dust, dirt, and every McDonald's french fry crumb.

    Model using the putty to clean out an air vent

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product, but it worked really well! Especially on the little crevices around the emergency break and gear shifter. I’d recommend this cleaning gel to everyone." —Panda H.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. A leakproof, car trash bin for managing the garbage that easily accumulates from your, ugh, let's just say monthly trips to Starbucks *wink wink*.

    A mini trash can that connects the head rest or center console and has a lid to prevent everything from falling out

    Promising review: "I can’t stand the simple little car trash bags, I find it looks...trashy. Sorry, I had to. This is a great looking garbage that blends into my car beautifully. I had looked at cheaper ones but glad I went with this. It really is watertight, which turns out to be a great feature. I found the side pockets were the perfect place for an ice scraper and lint roller. Couldn’t be happier." —Grant C.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. An odor-eliminating charcoal bag because we spend a lot of time in the car and it shouldn't *have* to smell of lingering fast food and B.O.

    Moso Natural charcoal bag placed in the center console of a car

    Promising review: "This is my first ever review. I had a gallon of milk spill in my car and living in a very hot climate, well you can imagine the stench. I have tried everything but nothing worked. My kids refused to drive with me. So then I bought this Moso purifying bag and the smell has disappeared overnight. Can't explain it. Not sure how it works. Buy me." —Timothy Parker

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    5. A sun visor pocket organizer that OPENS UP!!! to reveal even more storage. Look at this organization — your car is so ready for this:


    Promising review: "When I purchased I thought it may be one of the things I purchased that I would never use. HOW WRONG I WAS. I love this thing. Keep my rewards gas card in slot so it is easy to find. Since we are all having to wear masks now I keep my spares stored inside the zipper area so I can find them when I need them. This is probably one of the best things I have purchased in a LONG time." —Sammi's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three colors).

    6. A handy car seat clip for holding your purse and groceries safely! in! place! so nothing goes flying during sharp turns. Your car is going to be an organized oasis on wheels.

    A purse hanging on the clip that's attached to the headrest

    These clip on the sides of headrests, so they're still attachable even if your headrest doesn't completely detach from the seat.

    Promising review: "I bought these for my wife because her purse would always fall over in the back of her Jeep. She was skeptical at first, but now uses these hooks everyday. They are able to hold her tank of a purse without breaking. I originally was looking to buy different hooks, but the headrest of the Jeep would not come all the way off. These hooks are universal because they clip on the side." —Brian

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    7. A lightweight, first aid kit packed with tons of essentials that'll always keep you feelin' prepared...and provide one place for all of the miscellaneous bandages floating around the car.


    Kit includes 100 items including a variety of bandages, antiseptic and alcohol wipes, gauze, CPR instructions, emergency blanket, gloves, tape, shears, tweezers, a whistle, and more.

    Promising review: "Great little product. I still can't believe how much first aid equipment is in this tiny pouch. Aside from the items inside which are great, I like how this can be mounted four different ways! I also like that it opens up like a book — everything is well labeled so you don't have to fumble around looking for an item. I ended up mounting this on my Jeep JK rear roll bar. For me, its a must have when on the trail! Now, to order one for our RV!" —Henderson

    Get it from Amazon for $36.95.

    8. A backseat protector with pockets that'll do two big things: organize everything that's currently occupying your car floors, and keep your seats safe from the wrath of your toddler's shoes.

    Two organizers on the back of the two front seats in a car

    Promising review: "My little kids keep kicking the back of the driver/passenger seats leaving footmarks so I wanted something to protect my seats. Also I wanted something to help keep my car more organized. They work great and easy to install. Has great storage for baby bottle, books, snacks and tablet or iPad holder in large clear pocket. Keeps things organized for the kids in the back and it also keeps my cars neat and clean! It's perfect for my car. Great product." —Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.95.

    9. A teeny car vacuum that plugs into the cigarette lighter and lets you do a quick clean on the spot — no need to hit up the car wash every time you spill something.

    Reviewer image using the vacuum to vacuum the floor mats

    It comes with a nice case that you can just toss in the back when you're done using, a 16-foot cord, elastic hose, nozzle, and a clear trash compartment so you know when it's time to empty it.

    Promising review: "Promising review: "The vacuum can get pretty loud, but that’s because there’s a lot of power going through it. It picks up dirt well and with the long cord, you can get around your car with no problem. This vacuum has saved me countless trips to the car wash! Now when my kids spill something I just plug the unit into my cigarette lighter outlet and immediately vacuum up the mess instead of letting it sit and get smashed into the carpeting. Plus it all comes with a nice storage case so you can keep the vacuum and attachments together all in one place and easily store it in the trunk of your vehicle without taking up barely any room at all." —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    10. A seat gap filler so you can finally stop losing things down the bottomless pit between the seat and the console just to never see 'em again.

    The Drop Stop seat gap filler tucked in between the console and seat

    Promising review: "I've used these for a couple of years now, and can't count the number of times I've been grateful for them! I used to drop things between my seat and the console all the time, or not be sure where I dropped them and have to look like crazy to find them. Now I know they're not in that dark, hard-to-reach space, and they're much easier to find. I can tuck my umbrella and coupon envelope there and know they won't get spilled on. When I do spill on the Drop Stops, it wipes right up with a damp cloth or wipe. They don't show at all and always look clean." —B. Gifford

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. A game-changing power inverter that simply plugs into your cigarette lighter and gives you two working outlets. Now you can charge each device in an organized manner.

    The charging inverter in the cup holder showing multiple cords plugged in

    Promising review: "Out of the four inverters I have, this is the best. It charges both of my phones, my GPS, and laptop all at once, no issues. The fan is a little loud but that comes with the territory. The inverter part can be turned off independently and you can still use the USB and 12v ports without the inverter and fan noise." —Shane Boor

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    12. A does-it-all car cleaner for scrubbing every inch of your ride — leather, vinyl, upholstery, carpet, plastic — and to give you sparkly, unbelievable results that honestly make me want to clean my car every weekend.

    Reviewer's before-and-after image after using the car cleaner to remove stains from both the car seats

    ...and I don't even own a car!

    Promising review: "All their products are great! But this new product they have developed knocks it out of the ball park! The pictures above are of a 2007 Nissan Titan truck I was detailing for a customer. The seats were disgusting and stained. I CAN ASSURE YOU ALL I USED WAS CAR GUYS SUPER CLEANER to clean the seats. I simply sprayed Super Clean all over the seat until it was damp, I scrubbed with a detail brush, then vacuumed all of it up and dried it with a microfiber. The results speak for themselves. This really is a SUPER CLEANER that is capable of cleaning mostly every interior surface and does an amazing job at it." —Joseph L.

    Get the cleaner plus a towel from Amazon for $16.99.

    13. A car vent phone mount made specifically for PopSockets – it'll keep your phone conveniently propped up and won't take up your entire dashboard.


    And if you don't have a PopSocket yet (you should, they're amazing!), you can find a ton of them on PopSockets!

    Promising review: "I finally found a car mount that works. Easy to install into an air vent and it holds my Galaxy S10+ without an issue. Easy to slide the sock pocket into the mount." —Maria

    Get it from PopSockets for $10 or Amazon for $14.99.

    14. A convenient tray you 1,000% need if you practically live in your car. It hooks onto your steering wheel so you can eat or get some work done while you're out and about, and gives you a solid surface to eat off of so your food falls here and not on your floors.

    A large tray attached to the steering wheel

    Please, do not try to use this while driving. It will not work.

    Promising review: "As an outside sales rep, I sometimes feel like I live in my car. This dual-purpose tray is a must-have if you need a well-positioned mobile desk or a less awkward way to eat (and avoid wearing) your lunch. It's nice that both sides are functional...a food tray complete with cup holder on one side, and a smooth, flat writing surface on the other. You won't have to worry about getting grease or food residue on your paperwork! It also works well with small laptops or your iPad. It's made of high-impact plastic, so it won't melt or warp if you leave it sitting in your hot car; it's virtually indestructible. I can't imagine how I lived without one of these for so many years!" —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A scratch remover system for ridding your car of dreaded paint marks because someone had the NERVE to swipe your ride and leave...or because you accidentally hit your garage (but we can stick with the first story 😉).

    Keep in mind this helps to remove paint left behind, but not the actual scratch itself. Kit includes removal polish and buffer pad.

    Promising review: "With a lot of elbow grease and persistence, this product helped take off the paint left on my car when I scraped the side of my garage pulling out. Total time was about 30 minutes, but the scratch was larger than what you see in the first picture (I decided to take a before shot once I had already buffed out a huge patch). I highly recommend this for paint but the description is correct when it states that it won’t buff out scratches, you can feel with your fingernail." —Kimberly Turner

    Get it from Amazon for $12.92.

    16. A clever front seat organizer with a tissue box holder that'll give ya quick access to all the things that often end up on the ground and then under the seat where you can't reach it.

    A front seat organizer with different compartments for small things like phones, bottles, and glasses

    When you need the front seat for a passenger, just quickly move it to the back with the handy dandy handles.

    Promising review: "Easy way to declutter the car. Nothing fancy but enough pockets and little cubbies to store stuff. Easy to move if someone is sitting in the front seat." —Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    17. A car dip clip for conveniently holding up your sauces, and omg, where has this been my entire life? Some days you just gotta eat in the car, and this'll help you do it with ease.

    A sauce holder clipped into a car vent holding two dipping sauces
    3DPrintedByBrian / Etsy

    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $5.20+ (available in two colors and two sizes).

    18. A headlight restoration system because drivin' around with foggy lights = bad, and spending tons of money to replace headlights = bad. This solves both of those dilemmas!

    Reviewer's before/after pic of headlights. After pic shows much clearer headlights.

    Just a note that this kit requires a household drill. It *does* come with a sanding pad to restore cloudy lenses.

    Promising review: "This product works exactly like it should. If you follow the directions properly the headlights WILL COME OUT crystal clear. I used this on a 1999 Civic with extremely yellowed headlights. When I first started the process I began to panic because you begin by sanding the headlights with a relatively coarse sand paper. No need to panic. Be patient and keep going as each step works towards a clear headlight. My only recommendation is after you are done use a clear UV protective coating to help keep the headlights from yellowing again." —Richard SUhanov

    Get it from Amazon for $13.14.

    19. A glove box document case that'll keep everything in neat order so you can always find that teeny insurance card when ya need it...but really, why are they so small?!

    The case opened up on the seat showing different pockets to hold insurance cards

    Promising review: "Works perfectly to keep the edges of my car's manual book from getting frayed and keeping my insurance card and registration all together. Makes my glove box look nice and organized. It's an all-in-one thing, and from what I can tell, very well made. I am satisfied with my purchase." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. A handy pillow caddy you can easily move from the back seat, to the front, or to the couch — or literally anywhere where you could use an extra place for drinks. *Orders this, goes to Sonic, buys five lemon-berry slushes.*

    Pillow caddy in backseat of car between two carseats holding bottles and tablet

    It's small and portable so you can take this baby with you anywhere — in the car, to the park or the beach, or just to bed with you!

    Promising review: "I have been through a few surgeries and injuries since college sports, and this has been my constant companion through recovery. Perfect for long periods of lounging with limited mobility. Multiple cup sizes make it easy to accommodate whatever beverage size or accessory you need by your side." —Braden

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in other styles and colors here).

    21. An expandable hanging rod to keep your clothes in order while you're on the road. You just paid for that dry cleaning! Keep those clothes nice and pressed.

    The hanging rod hung across the car, connected to the handles on both sides

    Promising review: "This bar is perfect for our travels, which are often. It is well made and supports the weight of our clothes. This rod has hooks which hang on the grab handle bars at the top of the back doors. This is the only way we can find to hang clothes in the newer model vehicles." —Hunni

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    22. A spring-loaded coin organizer that'll take care of the change that's always flyin' around your car. Paying for drive-thru meals just became incredibly efficient! Now...if I could only figure something out for my purse.

    Reviewer image of coin organizer in cup holder holding different change

    It can easily slip into your cup holder or console!

    Promising review: "I cannot say how much to this day I absolutely love this product. As far as products I would never give up in my life, this is 100% one of them. I couldn't live without this anymore and have recommended it to so many people. It eliminates loose change in your car, helps you start to save your change a little better, helps with drive thru's or places you could use exact change to save a buck (or $20), and has helped me in so many more situations. Over two years, four different cars, and more then a thousand dollars thru it it still functions exactly like day #1. The springs still work great despite how much change has been through it, being carried and dropped, moving between houses and dorms, and just general abuse like any object in your car. It's a great gift or something to help someone with a messy car. Absolutely recommend!" —NickDeMartin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. A cup holder caddy ready to save your car from the all-too-common mess of cellphones, pens, lip balm, glasses, change, drinks, and I can keep going...

    Middle console car organizer with two cup holders and a middle compartment for phones and other things

    Promising review: "I had no storage whatsoever in my backseat. This slipped right into the channel between the rear seats in my Honda HRV. It is easily removed and stored when not in use and now my passengers can enjoy a little convenience too. This also presents a very nice appearance." —Shar892

    Get it from on Amazon for $19.99.

    24. A charging phone mount that can not only prop your phone up for easy (and hands free!!!) navigation, but keep it charged without the fuss of 30 cords.,

    Promising review: "Love this charger!! It's so great because my husband and I have different phones. I have an Android and he has an iPhone so this is great because we don't have to worry about different cables or charging cords. Whoever is driving just pops their phone in and goes. It's so easy and very secure! It never falls off no matter how many pot holes we hit!!" —Red61

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    25. And a sling-like purse holder for your front two seats to keep all your essentials within reach and upright, even when traffic forces you to brake in a split second. Classic traffic move.


    Promising review: "This was the best purchase I have made for myself! It works extremely well, exactly how the description described, which is a rarity these days. I spend a lot of time in my car with my children running back-and-forth doing the mommy thing. This little gadget has made my life so much easier. I actually have the pocket facing me so that way I can put my iPad in it and lay my pocketbook in front." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Now that our cars are clean, organized, and lookin' good...


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