Organizers in Your Car Keep Clutter under Control
Donovan, Sandra Fischione, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
After the birth of their second child, Jerel Valderrama, of Mt. Lebanon, decided he and his wife needed something to keep their van neat on bimonthly trips to visit family in New York.
Valderrama found a car organizer at Target with compartments to corral the various accoutrements of young children. The car organizer worked out so well that during the next three years, as he and his wife had two more children, they added three more organizers.
"They just keep the clutter under control," says Valderrama, who admits he likes a neat vehicle.
Sales of car organizers have taken off in recent years, especially because "more and more people are traveling by car, especially when (they) hear another news story about airline delays," says Angela Nealey, spokeswoman for Talus Corp. of Portland, Maine.
And even though the peak vacation season is over, car organizers still are helpful at this time of year, for carpooling to sports practices, commuting to a job, taking the children to day care or school and generally keeping the new car models free from an avalanche of fast-food wrappers, drink boxes and school papers.
Nealey did not disclose sales figures, but says Talus' High Road brand car organizers, which cater to drivers that range from moms to busy executives on the road, can keep the vital stuff, like cell phones, from vanishing among the parking receipts and Cheerios.
One of the smallest organizers available is Talus' DriverPockets driver organizer. Priced at $5.99, it keeps fumbling for vital sunglasses or cell phones to a minimum. The gadget has a clip that can attach to the nearest air vent.
Talus' Swing-Away driver organizer has straps that hook over the passenger front seat for the commuter, allowing it to drape over the passenger seat when vacant or swing to the side of the seat or the back when a passenger enters the vehicle.
Eight pockets give specific homes to cell phones, PDAs, written directions, tissues and soft drink bottles. The Swing-Away retails for $9.99 for the smaller version or $16.99 for the extra-large size.
A similar product available at Target stores and Target.com is the Eddie Bauer Car Organizer, which retails for $16.99 and is manufactured by Goldbug of Aurora, Colo. The organizer has straps and goes over the back of the front seat. Made of nylon, it includes pockets and a tissue dispenser.
"This actually appeals to mothers of older children, though it can work for an infant," says Goldbug spokeswoman Lynn Rosen. Rosen says that as the mother of children ages 10 and 8, she eventually had to buy a second organizer because the children fought over the first one. …