Because I was asked about this...
I am sure there are other ways to contain things in the car. AND I think that "they"even make something that fits right in there.
I came upon this idea 2 years ago at the beginning of the school year. It was the beginning of spending more time in the car. Jack was starting Kindergarten that year, and I was picking up a friends daughter.
I had calendars, grocery lists, coupons, maps, lotion, garage door opener, sunglasses, kids pencils and pens, a scripture set for the car, a mini medical kit, etc ... etc ... All just kind of floating around the car.
I would try and put them in a semi-permanent spot and as soon as I would have to slow down fast ... it would go all over the place.
I was headed into Walmart for storage bins for all the cups and plastic plates in our house, and was wondering what I might find in the way of vehicle organizer. I looked into the car next to mine and this is what I saw!
I was so excited to have a solution. I thought it was a perfectly good solution for me. Cheap, easy and it would serve me well.
I usually stack under the top basket, our scripture set for the car. On top of that is a zip pouch with the mini medical kit (band aids, hand sanitizer, deodorant, toothpaste, floss, etc.)
The little basket on top holds a zip pouch (with pens pencils, tweezers (for getting that stray hair at a stoplight) - and my sunglasses, cell phone and garage door opener.
The rest of the big basket holds whatever else I need in the car at the moment. A bag full of lotions ... not just one but about four ... I need choices. A kleenex box, a bottle of fresh room spray and wipes for the car.
Next to the big basket I have a large road atlas, the coupon folder and the sign with Luke's name on it which I put in the windshield when I pick him up.
In front of the basket is a little built in holder that has a little bag in it.
It contains all of the cords ... cellphone charger, ipod connectors, etc ...
So thats it.
Hope that helps, April :)