- An over-the-door shoe organizer is simple to pack and is perfect to hang in the bathroom. Rather than let everyone’s lotions, soaps, makeup, hair products, and styling tools take up all the counter space, pop everything into the pockets to keep the bathroom organized.
- A roll-up cosmetic bag makes a perfect pool bag. Pack toys, goggles, money, and even a book for Mom or Dad to read into each compartment. Now everything your family needs for a day at the pool stays organized and is easy to carry.
- Use a hanging sweater organizer as a cubby in a hotel room. It’s perfect as a catch-all for shoes, souvenirs or electronics. For early mornings, save time by designating each pocket for your kids’ outfits so everyone can get ready and out the door in a flash.
- Pack a few clothespins because after splashing in a pool or the ocean, you can attach the clothespins to the shower curtain to hang wet bathing suits and towels for a quick and space saving dry. You can also use clothespins as toothbrush holders so your toothbrushes aren’t sitting on the bathroom counter.
- Leave foldable laundry baskets in your car for grocery shopping days. This way you can load all of your grocery bags into the laundry baskets for an easy and organized way to transport them to your home-no spilled grocery bags for you. Plus, you can easily carry the laundry baskets into the house rather than making a dozen trips trying to carry all the bags. When you are done, just fold the laundry baskets back up and store them in the trunk until your next shopping trip. You can also store these baskets in a large plastic container.
- Another grocery bag option is to attach a bungee cord across the inside of your trunk and string the bag handles through the bungee cord.
- If you have plastic containers of different supplies in the trunk of your car and the bins are constantly moving and shifting around while you drive, grab double sided adhesive and a few inexpensive book ends. Place the adhesive on the bottom of the books end and attach to the bottom of your trunk. Then place the bins against the book end-which will now work as a stopper, so the bins won’t budge while you are driving.
- If you can’t enjoy your morning coffee without creamer, then you probably have a few plastic containers taking up space in your fridge. Clean out the container and use it to store small snacks. The lid is perfect for tiny hands to open and you can toss the container in the car for long car rides or just for a quick snack when you are on the go. We love storing goldfish crackers, dry cereal, or tail mix in these upcycled containers.
- The next time you need a pack of gum, grab the kind that comes in the round container with the snap-top lid. This container is perfect to store spare change. Place the container in a cup holder and lift the lid to add the change whenever you need a few cents.
- Old makeup cases are perfect for car emergency kits. From band aids for boo boos, to wipes to clean up messes in the car, you can store everything in the makeup case, zip it up, and never worry that you won’t have any of the essentials when you are on-the-go.
If the warmer weather has you wanting to get out and hit the road, you aren’t alone. Spring is the perfect time to drive to your favorite spring break destination, take a weekend road trip, or pile the family in the car and check out the beautiful flowers of spring. However, all that driving can really cost you at the gas pump. So if you are hoping to rack up the miles without racking up gas high gas prices, here are a few easy ways to save money on gas this spring.
- Take advantage of gas points at your grocery store or whole sale store. Do a little research and find which stores in your area have points programs that go towards gas. You can easily save money on gas by spending money on the items you are already purchasing every week.
- Use tracking apps like Gas Buddy or ITrackGas to compare gas prices in your area or when you travel. These apps are great at saving you money and some even have programs you can join to earn points towards free gas on future trips.
- If you don’t want to download another app, check to see if apps you are already using will do this for you. Apps like Waze have this feature and if you are already using Waze, you don’t need to download another app.
If springtime in your home means running your kids to practices and games for their spring sports, then you need to have your car ready for just about anything. From preparing for all different types of weather to making sure everyone has the equipment they need, here’s how buys parents can pack their car for the spring sport season.
Rather than tossing a number of items into your car and hoping that you can find what you need later, try creating individual kits and packing all of your kits in a large plastic container that you store in the back of your car. Now you’ll be covered, have what you need, and be able to find it quickly. Here’s a few ideas of the kits you can create:
Warm Weather Kit
Extra water bottles
Lip balm with SPF
Hats or visors
Clean Up Kit
Garbage Bags that can be stored inside a plastic container or an empty baby wipes container
A roll of paper towels
A few packages of wet wipes
Bottles of hand sanitizer
A roll of toilet paper and baby wipes
A roll of dog poo bags for small messes
Plastic Cups, utensils, paper plates for meals and snacks. Store all of these inside a gallon plastic bag.
Portable potty for younger siblings
Rainy Weather Kit
Change of socks
Large beach towel
Traveling with toddlers can be tricky. To be honest, doing much of anything with toddlers can be tricky. So when you are getting ready to hit the road for a vacation or a road trip, sometimes you need to get creative to keep your little one a happy traveler.
- If your stroller is taking up way too much space in the back of your SUV or minivan, try this hack. Grab a bungee cord and attach it to the back seat headrest. Then stand up the stroller and attach the bungee cord to the stroller. It will stay secure, take up less space, and will be easy to get in and out of your car.
- If your toddlers want a snack in the car you can get a bit creative with yogurt tubes or applesauce cups. Simply pop a start into the tube or cup and let your kids “drink” their snack.
- Toddlers are messy and you often need to change their clothes. Store extra outfits in small ziplock bags. You can fit an entire outfit in each small bag. Store them in the car for quick changes and toss the dirty clothes into the bag.
- Stash toys in small container that you can situate next to your toddler’s car seat. This way they can reach down and grab all of the toys they want while you drive. This hack will hopefully keep them entertained on long and short car trips.
- A cheap toothbrush is perfect for cleaning cracks and crevices in your car. From the seats to small spaces, stash a toothbrush in your car cleaning supplies for quick dusting and cleanings.
- A sponge paint brush will help you get inside those dirty air conditioner vents. Since you can grab one of these for under a dollar, not only are these a handy cleaning tool but an inexpensive hack as well.
- If the inside of your windows need a quick clean up a baby wipe will do the trick in pinch. This is perfect or those times you have tiny finger prints or even nose prints from pets on the insides of your windows.
- If you want to give your dashboard a quick shine, put a very small amount of Vaseline on a rag and rub the Vaseline into the dashboard. This hack is a great conditioner for your dashboard and will help keep dust off your dashboard.
- Lingering smells can easily be erased by sprinkling baking soda on your car seats, floor, and mats. After you let the baking soda sit for about 20 minutes, vacuum up for a clean and fresh smelling car.