The thing that works for me in helping to keep my minivan somewhat well-kempt is the use of pretty baskets. I have these two “fabric” bins that are shallow enough to be low profile, which enables people to step over them, yet deep enough and with a big enough perimeter that they actually each hold quite a bit of stuff. Now, I don’t have any containers within containers keeping all the stuff organized, I suppose that would be the next step. But for now, this is my trick:
1. Two baskets. One for inbetween the two front seats for all the driver/navigator needs. Mostly my extra cds, my makeup (yes I am one of THOSE gals that does her mascara in the minivan), my book, for long red-lights or for waiting times in the minivan, and any miscellaneous junk that may belong to me and end up in the van. The other is for the kids. It is inbetween their 2nd row captain chairs. It hold a diaper or two, wipes, wet-ones, various toys and books for the van rides, and other miscellaneous junk.
2. THIS IS THE KEY: Once a week – every saturday (which for me is carwash day), I bring these baskets inside and clean them out. Literally, I take everything out, dustbust the bin, and sort through the junk. What needs to stay and what needs to go. It helps to keep things from piling up, and it enables me to keep the clutter monster at bay. Also, I use that weekly time to swap the books and toys in my kid’s bin so they are delighted on Sunday when we pull out something new for the carride to Mass!
Well, it works for me! Can’t wait to read all your ideas for this topic!!
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