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All the accessories you need for your organizer on wheels

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This story appears in the December 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Cell phones, sunglasses and loose papers in your car can cause accidents. Reaching for a runaway pen or soda bottle may distract you. Why not stash them in handy holders? Initially, most storage was designed to prevent cargo from rolling around in the back of vans, trucks and SUVs. Today, a variety of organizers solve storage problems in passenger cars. Most containers are lightweight and portable enough to tote into the office or home.

Two new products are space-savers that loop over the back of the front seat. One is Case Logic's $28.99 ABS-20 (www.efunctional.com), an organizer with a nylon tray and padded foldable wrist rest, storage compartments and mesh pockets. Want something smaller? Creekside Products' Cargo Tote (www.creeksideproducts.com) is a net that hangs from your car's headrest and can be rolled up when not in use. Creekside also sells a roomy fabric Cargo Tray for $24.95, and a larger tray, the Cargo Mini, for $39.95. Both pop open easily on a spring mechanism.

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