By on September 19, 2019

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Hey, you. Yeah, you with the messy car. It’s time to clean it up and get organized. Just because you used to allow empty Pepsi bottles and random tins of Skoal to roll around untethered in your college days doesn’t mean you can take the cavalier attitude from back when you had a Cavalier to today’s family vehicle.

It is said that the amount of stuff brought along in a car is inversely proportional to the age of the kids in the car and, to this, there is some truth. Having a spot in which to store all the detritus of daily life is important. It’s even more important to keep it in reach of the ankle biters unless you really like stopping every five minutes to find the juice boxes.

Even those of us who travel solo can use a bit of help keeping things in the car at bay. Here are eight of the best car organizers available, all found on Amazon.

(Editor’s note: As noted above, this post is meant to both help you be an informed shopper for automotive products but also to pay for our ‘90s sedan shopping habits operating expenses. Some of you don’t find these posts fun, but they help pay for Junkyard Finds, Rare Rides, Piston Slaps, and whatever else. Thanks for reading.)


1. Editor’s Choice: Yecaye Car Storage Trunk Organizer

yecaye trunk organizer car storage

A few bedwetting commenters carped last time that we should test the things we profile in this list, despite clear evidence on several occasions that your author has indeed purchased (with his own money) the items listed as an Editor’s Choice. In keeping with that theme, this car organizer rises to the top because one like it resided in the back of my own Ford Escort for several epochs.

Plus, the total number of customer reviews equals that of the model year of that beloved Ford! I can hardly think of a better endorsement. Actually, yes I can. This organizer’s suspended design hangs off the back seat, freeing up trunk real estate for important shipments of family groceries and moonshine. A pair of buckle adjustment straps keeps the works of it lashed to the headrest, while a quartet of pockets keeps your expensive vintages from rolling around in the boot and becoming destroyed. Handy flaps hide your valuables from prying eyes.

Pros: Covered storage, stays out of the way, your author had one

Cons: Can sag over time (like other things in life)

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2. Grey Poupon Choice: HEYLOVE Backseat Organizer with Tablet Holder and Foldable Tray

heylove car seat protector and backseat organizer

Tired of the wretched One Percent tooling around in their Bentleys, flashing their decadent seatback trays in everyone’s faces? With this organizer, you can not only eat the rich but also your lunch, as it incorporates a fold down tray, just like the last flight you took on Delta. Difference is, this one’s on time and not covered in sick.

That tray can allegedly bear up to 15 kg in weight, assuring the accommodation of even the heartiest lunches. Its surface is anti-kick, meaning back-seat minions can fire their filthy Vans at them without marring the surface. Waterproof and easy to clean, this seatback organizer should last for ages – or at least until you upgrade to a Rolls.

Pros: Fold-down tray allows for opulent dining, waterproof

Cons: Sold by the each

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3. AMEIQ 3-Layer Car Mesh Organizer

ameiq 3-layer car mesh organizer

Feel like storing all your gear within reach while running deliveries around the streets of your city? Do you have a desire to demarcate the space between the front row of seats and the peanut gallery? This mesh organizer goes suspended mid-air between the two front seatbacks, as if a determined spider was trying to spin a thick web.

The ad claims that while the straps themselves are adjustable, the mesh pockets are largely devoid of elasticity in order to prevent the inevitable sagging once heavy items are placed in the organizer. This net is also marketed as a pet barrier, though it would have to be one particularly small or lazy pet for this thing to prevent the forward movement of any animal.

Pros: Keeps items at hand, bars off annoying back seat passengers

Cons: Clip-and-belt system isn’t exactly subtle, likely useless as a pet barrier

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4. DQ Collapsible Car Trunk Organizer and Storage

dq car trunk organizer and storage

Despite its name, this organizer is not fit for storing your favorite Dilly Bar. It was selected from the maze of offering thanks to its quilted-look exterior peppered with red accents (yes, dear reader, I do enjoy tacky things). This organizer is of the grab-n-go style, with a handle up top for quick pickup when you’re ready to evacuate the premises.

Made of durable materials, the seller alleges this box has an easy to clean exterior and is insulated. Small side pockets are great for books and magazines, though the suggestion of storing paper maps there is hilariously outdated. A Velcro-style divider splits the interior into smaller spaces while the metal clasp keeps things from spilling out.

Pros: Over-the-top styling, snazzy metal buckle

Cons: Paste – hardly a quality material – is required during assembly

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5. HOTOR Car Trash Can with Lid and Storage Pockets

hotor car trash can with lid and storage pockets

Priced at just 10 bucks, this organizer is primarily a trash can with a mesh pocket around its perimeter. It does have a collapsible shape and adjustable straps, allowing the thing to be suspended aloft from the car’s headrests or tossed on the floor like a sack of potatoes. A leakproof lining keeps spills at bay.

This lining means that one doesn’t have to use it as a trash can, with the seller showing multiple pictures of cold drinks or snacks being stored in the rectangular space. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with many customers claiming the size is ideal and not invasive to the car’s cabin. Lyft and Uber drivers, in particular, seem to be big fans.

Pros: Small footprint, big functionality, low price

Cons: Obnoxious branding

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6. Power Tiger Car Seat Pockets

power tiger car seat pockets

If you’re one of the many drivers who loses stuff down in that crevvie between the seat and center console, this may be a solution you want to examine. Designed to fit in that narrow slot (also called the black hole of death in our car), it fits the space in which so many keys and papers have been lost. Plus that candy bar which was never found.

The English-as-a-sixth-language ad says this product will “solve disorder problem of your beloved car” which is the greatest description of any car organizer I have ever read. Some cars have more disorder problems than others, so the makers of this unit see fit to include a brace of them with every order.

Pros: Solves disorder problems (what more do you want?!)

Cons: Won’t fit every car, no reviews

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7. Home Innovation Washable Car Trunk Organizer

home innovation washable car trunk organizer

Taking up a big footprint, this organizer is best suited for those who seek to keep their groceries from being tossed around like rice at a wedding. Made of strong polyester (like your father’s suits) with reinforced stitching, it’s easy to clean and comes with a trio of adjustable dividers made from durable PVC material.

Measuring a vast two feet long by a foot wide and 14.7 inches tall, there are few daily carry items that can’t be contained by this organizer. A series of belts and buckles keeps the thing anchored, so feel free to put that extra bottle of windshield wash in one side and those jumper cables in the other. A pair of handles allow for quick removal

Pros: Collapsible when not in use, holds many many things

Cons: Not overly cheap, takes up a lot of room

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8. Anban Car Back Seat Organizer with Tablet Holder

anban car back seat organizer

These things are probably what immediately springs to mind when one talks about car organizers, as one often does at wild Friday night parties. Designed to hold a couple of drinks and the random detritus of life, these units strap onto the front seatbacks and increase storage space for backseat urchins tenfold.

A clear pocket is provided so haggard parents can deploy a tablet with several episodes of Spongebob in an effort to quell the backseat racket during a particularly stressful portion of the drive to Disney. Those storage pockets mentioned earlier are mesh, reducing the number of “where’s my stuff?” queries when the stuff is, in fact, right in front of them. Ahem. Yes.

Pros: Holds a vast array of totally unessential items, has a tablet holder.

Cons: Advertises your lot in life as a parent

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5 Comments on “Everything In Its Place: Best Car Organizers...”


  • avatar
    JMII

    “Heylove” who names these things?

    The AMEIQ looks like something I could use, but my C7 doesn’t have traditional headrests thus no place to hang it. I guess I could rig up something that would allow it to clip to the seat backs. The center console in the C7 is very shallow and the cup holders are worthless. The area between the seats is basically wasted so this seems to be good use of space. I have 2 cargo nets in the hatch, but my wife can’t reach the forward one (I can).

    That DQ trunk purse (TM) has to be one of the ugliest things I’ve seen. However well worth clicking on the link just to see it double as place for women to hide from scurrying rodents! “Leather Material and cardboard make it not easy to deform, sturdy and durable” yes… because nothing says durable like good old cardboard covered in pleather. LOL

  • avatar
    Johnster

    I hope this doesn’t derail the conversation very much, but… Many, many years ago I had the neatest trash container for my car. I will try to describe it as best I can. It was made of molded plastic and sort of like a small oval-shaped trash can and it had a metal hook attached to the side of it. You put the container on the passenger side of the car, in the footwell area ahead of the front door and you hung it with the hook from the top of the interior trim there under the dashboard.

    I left in the car when I traded it to my regret. It didn’t cost very much. I bought it at K-Mart of some other store like that. It would be simple to manufacture, but I’ve never seen another one like it in more than 20 years. Does anyone else recall such a thing?

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Fortunately for me, I have no need of something that adds to the convenience of back seat occupants (typically a dog in my family.) I do, however, own #7 and at one time owned two of them. In its way, it’s very similar to the factory installed grocery bag holder in my ’02 Saturn Vue that saw a lot of use and the ability to tie it down in the back of a CUV means it can be left up and usable for as long as you choose–even permanently, if that’s your desire.

    However, I now own a modern mid-sized pickup and it’s not as useful in the truck as it was in my Jeep Wrangler on the cargo floor. I’ve rigged a different kind of carrier for the truck that keeps things from moving around too much while also keeping them reasonably protected from my sometimes lively driving (like needing to get up to freeway speed quicker than I would normally go.) A mildly-cushioned restraint means less risk of broken cargo than freely-sliding containers and boxes. So #7 doesn’t really work for the new truck. On the other hand, #3 looks appealing for multiple reasons… one of which IS its potential to act as a dog restraint… a dog that knows better than to force his way through a barrier placed specifically for that purpose (he usually ends up falling on his face when he tries. Yes, he’s clumsy.) Having the ability to temporarily place snacks, papers or other objects within easy reach without having to exit the cab to get into the back-seat area is a bonus and definitely has my interest–more so than any of the others.

    As such, however, that means that for me, #3 and #7 appear to be the most practical for my purposes, while #1 and #8 can also be useful–#8 especially in an extended-cab truck and #1 in almost any CUV, though better in one with a very short cargo floor. #2 would work well in any four-door rig that regularly carries back seat passengers while #4, #5 and #6 seem eminently useless.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    My guess is that the ones for the interior will probably drive you crazy with rattles and squeaks after awhile.

    And “Engrish as an eighth language!” Describes a lot of Amazon these days!

    My Dad had one of those wastebaskets that clipped-in forward of the door on the passenger side. Trying to think if one of those would even fit in a car today, since there’s a solid piece in that area, I think! I’ll have to look in my car later — I’ve never paid attention.

  • avatar
    earthwateruser

    I have some of those Weathertech square “corners” that grip to your trunk carpet. I find them to be supremely useful for keeping things from sliding around. They were kinda pricey, but the quality is good and they should last forever.


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