The most challenging part of any shopping trip is organizing all those bags in your truck. The only thing tougher is hauling all those bags inside when you get home. Our simple, inexpensive trunk organizing trick will solve both of those problems in one fell swoop.
If you’re someone who’s ever been to the grocery store in your life, you’re SO going to thank me for this trunk organizing trick. 🙂 I think bringing in grocery bags is kind of a universal pet peeve, isn’t it? And when you have to make a gazillion trips to bring in all of those (seemingly) millions of bags? It’s the worst. OK, well there are definitely many worse things, but bringing in grocery bags in multiple trips is still pretty annoying.
So here’s what to do about it!
The Laundry Basket in The Trunk Organizing Trick
The next time you see the big, utilitarian plastic laundry baskets on sale, make sure you pick a couple up for yourself! Well, if your vehicle is bigger than mine, you may find it useful to pick up more than two, but two is just about all that will fit comfortably in my little trunk!
Keep those laundry baskets in your trunk at all times and they’ll come in handy in more ways that you even realize!
The first and most obvious way is that you’ll save yourself a ton of time and effort when you get home from the grocery store. I know you know exactly what I’m talking about here. Who likes carrying all of those little grocery bags in to the house? It’s a little bit better if you use the larger reusable shopping bags, but even then, this will still help a a lot! When you’re taking your shopping bags out of the cart and loading them into your trunk, just stick them directly into the laundry baskets! When you go to bring your groceries into the house, you’ll be making so many fewer trips than before. And even though you’ll be carrying a lot of weight, carrying it comfortably in a big laundry basket is actually so much easier than having all of those plastic bag handles cutting into the palm of your hand! It’s funny how that works out, isn’t it? 🙂
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Not Just for Groceries
But the fun doesn’t stop there! This little trick comes in handy for mall shopping trips, when you don’t usually end up using your own reusable bags, traveling, and even camping!
For traveling, these baskets are great for bringing smaller luggage items like coolers, backpacks, and toiletry bags into the hotel room in one shot rather than trying to find another shoulder to hang a bag off of. The extra laundry baskets comes in handy on your way home from your trip too if you need somewhere to put anything you purchased or for dirty laundry!
For camping, I’ve been known to use laundry baskets to organize all of our non-perishable foods, and even our bedding. Basically these baskets are willing to help out whenever you need them, and you’ll probably find yourself figuring out new ways to use them pretty regularly once you have them in your trunk at all times!
This trick has definitely come in handy for me on more than a few occasions. It’s a simple one, but it works and those are usually my very favorite little tips. 🙂 Hopefully this will turn out to be useful for you too!
Do you have a trunk organizing trick like this that you love?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.