This is what the back of the van looked like when I packed it up for the kids and me to join some friends for three days and two nights of camping.
See the difference there?
You know what the difference is? It's that the Jedi is an amazing man. He's such an amazing man, he gets his own adjective. He's "aMANzing".
You may be wondering where all the stuff WENT. Sit back, relax, and I'll take you on the journey of the invisible stuff.
First, the Jedi has been planning and organizing for months. Early on, he had us each get one days worth of clothes. He made a neatly folded stack of our clothes; he measured the stack; and he experimented with plastic organizers to find the smallest practical container to hold the family's clothing for one day. Each night when we stop at a hotel, just the container of the next day's clothes AND one overnight bag with pjs, toothbrushes, and hairbrushes needs to come in. He also measured the space between the two front seats and bought a small cooler/refrigerator which plugs into the van for power.
This weekend, he took every last thing out of the van. Everything came out from the big storage bins under the seats. Everything came out from the two gloveboxes. Everything came out from the side pockets in the doors. Everything came out. Everything. Every square inch of the van got wiped down, dusted, vacuumed. Only those items crucial to the trip went back in. They went back in a neat and orderly fashion. The underseat storage bins have emergency tools plus the games, movies, and books we are bringing. Each day, we'll pull out a few things and make a neat stack of them on one of the middle seats.
He put the luggage carrier on top, which will hold nine of our clothing storage bins plus has some extra room for other miscellaneous things (picnic supplies, a container of our swim clothes, extra toilettries, and whatnot). We'll do laundry at least once on the trip.
The back of the van holds the kids sleeping bags, the one overnight bag we'll need, the van's pop-in table, the medicine bag, one bag of extra shoes for each person, and one duffel bag of raingear and hoodies.
The middle of the van might get a little more crowded, partly because we have a stuff addiction, but mostly because the middle of the van reflects my influence rather than the Jedi's system. Each of the kids have a back of the seat organizer. (The pic is a catelogue photo, but you get the idea.)