How to Keep the Backseat Organized with Kids!
No matter your child’s age, keeping the backseat clean and organized can be a challenge.
If I can create a space that keeps the kid’s stuff from rolling around and hearing things flying about in the back seat, that makes my carpool drive less stressful!
If the backseat area has simple, easy, even FUN ways for the kids to keep their things organized and picked up, you are going to be successful!
This video is an oldie but a goodie . . . MOM MY RIDE!
Keeping a sense of humor is a must for me when it comes to organizing the family. I can find myself overwhelmed if stuff gets piled up in the car or around the house, and being able to implement simple systems and letting the more challenging days roll off my back make the piles seem like less of a deal and help save my sanity!
Implementing simple systems, especially when they are cool organizing systems like the ones I share below, will keep you kiddo motivated to keep picked up and take pride in their space!
Before you purchase any cool organizers, you may want to clean out the car and take measurements to see what you have space for.
I also think about how do the kids use the back seat. Do you have younger kids that need space for toys or books? Do you have older kids who don’t need as many compartments to keep things?
OVER THE SEAT ORGANIZER FOR KIDS
Having over the seat organizers for the kids can help them put their things away easily as they are getting out of the car instead of leaving things on the seat and allowing things to pile up.
You can chose individual organizers for each kiddo, or one large one to run along the back of the seat.
Just like in the home, having systems set up will help to keep things picked up off the floor!
Individual Organizer Ideas
Kids may be more inclined to keep their space picked up if they have a special organizer of their own.
If you have more than two kids in the back seat, maybe designate certain pockets of an organizer to each kid, or have a hook for each kid with their own bag. Check it out below!
Large Organizer Ideas
You may feel with multiple children or older children than one large organizer would be more efficient. You can also use the larger organizer for mom stuff when the kids aren’t in tow.
The larger hanging organizers can extend along the entire back seat facing the trunk, or sitting organizers can fit on the sit in between kids. Lots of solutions!
BACKSEAT HANGING ORGANIZER
Individual hanging organizers are practical for those who have a mini van with enough seats to accommodate a hanging organizer, or two kids in a back seat of a car.
There are other clever solutions I’ll show you below if you have lots of kiddos in tow or want something a little more compact.
Individual Organizer Ideas
What kid wouldn’t be pumped to keep organized looking at this back seat organizer?
This backseat entertainment organizer has eight pockets. It includes space that can hold tables, toys, treats and more!
There is a slot for tissues, which is perfect for long trips or the sudden sniffles while driving! The smaller pouches are cool for little snacks, combs, wipes and more!
The organizer hangs from the headrest, and has an additional strap that can keep it from swing.
The bonus is because this organizer is long, it may keep the kids from putting the feet on the seats! YAY!!!
Hook hanging Organizer
If you have more than two kids, or would like to have more flexibility with your storage in the back seat, hooks and easily removable bags are a great solution!
The bags shown in photo includes a Clever shopping bag on the left, that you can use in your shopping cart and then hang on hook in car. On the right, is a “Stuff’n Go” bag with lots of pockets and compartments.
Large Organizer Idea
BACKSEAT ORGANIZER TRAY
On days where you have more errands to run, or you are taking a long trip in the car, a back seat organizer with tray can be a great tool to keep the kiddos busy.
This organizer with tray has lots of compartments for coloring supplies, snacks and tablet gear!
Other compartments include a slot for tissue and drink holders for water bottles.
This covers most of the back of the car seat, helping to keep adorable little feet from not resting or pushing on seat in front of them.
This is great for any age, the young and even teens who want to work on things in the car while out running errands with mom or on the way to their extra daily activities!
BACK SEAT COOLER AND ORGANIZER
If you have two kids per row, whether in a regular car or mini van, a car seat cooler that is also an organizer may be a good solution!
It not only holds drinks and supplies, it has a top that is sturdy to hold the kids items like toys or snacks.
This organizer is portable!
You can also take it out of the car and carry it to the park or use for playdates and field trips!
KEEPING TRASH CONTAINED
Having a quick and easy way to throw away trash in the car is the biggest battle won in keeping the car clean!
The bonus to having an easy way to dispose of trash is to have the option of a leak-proof bag!
This litter bag attaches to the headrest of a seat. You can have it facing the kids in the back seat, or facing the front seat when there are no passengers. I have found mine easy to switch around to accommodate riders.
If you are using a backseat organizer, you can also attach it to the headrest of the kid’s seat and have it face the back, like if you have a mini van or SUV.
The design on the bag above is “Bright Lights”, the design on the right is called, “Modern Links”. Bag is also available in black and camouflage.
I find that the bag is easy to take on and off to dump contents, and is stiff and sturdy to hold items and not fall out or tip over.
What I love is the kids got excited to see a cool trash bag that they could put their trash in.
Maybe you can even make it a game to get the trash in the bin!
CAR MATS FOR KIDS
Whether you live in an area that has lots of snow, mud, or sand, having car mats that are easy to clean can make a big difference!
If the kids are snacking in the car, stuff will eventually get spilled and crumbs will add up!
Having rubber mats will save you time. You can take them out and quickly rinse off, instead of carpet car mats which stain easily and sometimes not easy to vacuum up everything!
I have had both and the rubber mats will save you tons of time!
REGULAR CAR CLEAN OUT
The organizers will help to keep things up off the seats and the floor. But with busy families who are always on the go, there is still wear and tear.
Take regular time to rinse of mats and wipe down the interior of your car. Keeping a package of cleaning wipes in the car at all times are great for those unexpected moments when spills happen, as well as for the down time you have waiting in the car when you can sit and wipe surfaces down.
It doesn’t take much time to do a quick wipe down, but it makes a huge difference keeping the car fresh!
The more frequent you clean out the car, the less hard, deep cleaning work you will have to do!
Cheering you on to a more simple life!