Being organized is something I constantly strive for, and there are organizational tools that help me achieve that goal. Most of those tools are in my home where most of the hustle and bustle takes place, but what about on the go?
After having two of my boys the Ford Explorer I drove was nice, but I was looking for something more kid friendly, and with three rows of seats so the boys weren’t on top of each other in the second row. Our growing family needed space and I needed to feel organized and comfortable in that space.
I was originally looking at a Ford Expedition or Chevy Suburban, but the sticker shock was holding me back. Then low and behold Dodge came out with the Grand Caravan with the Stow-N-Go in their 2005 model and was available in May of 2004. Ahhhh! Organization heaven!! Wait! I don’t want to drive a van! I’m not a van person at all! I have to admit though the organization, kid friendly vehicle, 3 rows of seats, a built in DVD player, and the price all sucked me in. I was sold and I didn’t even test drive it, because I was afraid my none interest of vans would change my mind.
I love my van . . . “for the kids!” It’s been awesome to have my organization on-the-go, which has allowed me to:
- Flip seats down into the floor depending on cargo or the number of people that are riding.
- The room behind the third row is huge and has been nice when needing to fit two strollers, two wagons, or whatever the room will carry.
- LOVE the automatic side & rear doors! What a blessing when I’ve got my hands full and a toddler or two by my side. Oh and not to mention when it raining!
- The DVD player has been great on long trips and the six disc changer allows us to keep 6 different movies on board at all times.
- When the second row seats are upright there is storage in the floor for an emergency kit, picnic blanket, luggage for a trip, or to hide pre-bought Christmas or Birthday gifts.
- Flip the third row seat back for tale gating or watching a drive in movie.
There are plenty of more positives about the van, but there was one negative that is very minor in my opinion. The console between the front row seats didn’t fit my needs by any means so I took it out and replaced it with a Longaberger Market Basket. The basket holds my essential Mom-on-the-go easy access needs such as: tissues, anti-bacterial hand wipes, Clorox wipes, umbrella, extra straws, napkins, gum, feminine hygiene products, notepad and pen for last minute teacher notes, and air freshener, sunglasses, etc. Oh and let me share with you too baskets are also great for organizing toys in the van!
I would recommend it to any new Mom that wondered what vehicle would be great for her new and growing family. My van has been awesome! I’ve embraced it and have no problem being seen in it either taxi-ing my kids around or even turning up the radio and jamming in it.
This post is not a paid post. Just my love of sharing what has worked for my family and in hopes to help others find what works for them.