Contain the Car Clutter

by Chris on April 28, 2013

Thirty-One has no idea who I am, but I’m about to reveal my obsession with their bags. If-after this confession-they decide to reward me with free bags for life, I’d totally be ok with that. Just sayin’. As you can see from the sampling below, I have an assortment, and I use them for various things. Today, however, we’re just going to talk about the car. Otherwise known as “the dumping ground for every busy mom” I know.

31 bags

If your second job (or third in my case) is chauffeuring your kids all over town, then you know you’re always needing some random supply. I’ve learned my lesson the hard way, so I have gathered a bunch of products that I know we’ll need. I use a small tote to keep them all contained and store it in our middle console. It’s worked like a charm!

Organized car carrier

The little emergency tote carries some medical supplies and sunscreen. I’ve also included lip balm (I wouldn’t survive without it), hand sanitizer, pain reliever, allergy meds, lint roller, tissues, wet wipes, and pens. These are all things I’ve been stranded without before and will never go without again.

Car emergency kit

I borrowed this idea from my organizing idol Jen at I Heart Organizing. I bought  a couple of travel Q-tip containers in the dollar section of Target, and I use them to store small items we use in the car. Of course, without the handy labels, I’d never know what’s inside.

Q tip case

Car storage bag

I don’t have any strategic placement or anything. It’s a small enough tote that there’s not much digging around needed. This thing has saved us on more than one occasion, and the size is perfect. I just love the versatility of Thirty-One bags. They’re pretty (number 1 priority), and they hold up beautifully.

Car tote

As a matter of fact, I’ll be back later this week to show you how I use the large totes. It’s amazing how much of our stuff needs to be contained, eh?



jasi April 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

i also keep qtips and flossers in one little qtip box. a laundry pen, safety pins and those little first aid crayon kits (target dollar first aid kit box stuffed with crayons and post-its) for each kid.

Debbie April 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Are you a 31 consultant? I saw that great utility tote in line at the market yesterday and wanted one immediately. How do I order one? Debbie in Oklahoma

Rachel Elmore April 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

You can order them online :).

Beth April 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

A 31 giveaway on your blog would be awesome. Just sayin’.

Ginney April 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thanks for sharing how much you love the Thirty-one products! I just became a consultant for them in October, and love to see the products in random places (like some of my favorite blogs).

Rachel Elmore April 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

My heart got giddy when I saw this post! I’m obsessed with Thirty One’s products and own a bazillion. That’s why I finally just started selling them! Let me know if you’re in need of adding more to your collection (New catalog starts in 2 days!) or a little giveaway on your blog :)

ValenzMom a/k/a Helen April 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I’ve never heard of Thirty-One products. I actually make my own totes and bags. I started when our city, Austin, announced last year that they had passed a city ordinance against disposable plastic bags. That ordinance went into effect on March 31 this year. I make mine out of leftover uphostery fabrics and line some of them with clear plastic. I made a pattern from an actual brown paper grocery bag and added handles. Since then, I’ve expanded my line to include purses, totes and smaller shoulder bags. Some I’ve sold and some I’ve given away to friends as gifts.

silver jewelry May 9, 2013 at 2:21 am

Thanks for sharing how much you love the Thirty-one products! I just became a consultant for them in October, and love to see the products in random places .

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