By Jennifer Burnham, Pure & Simple Organizing
Your car gets you from Point A to Point B. It is your home away from home while commuting to and from work. You spend time and money on it every year for oil changes, tune ups, maybe tires, and of course the inspection.
If you take care of your car on the outside and under the hood, then why does the inside look like a garbage dumpster? Raise your hand if your car is cluttered with trash, mail, candy, and who knows what else.
If you would like to keep a clean and clutter free interior, then are some easy steps.
1. Carve out time for a deep clean.
Spend a Saturday morning cleaning out your car. Be sure to have a trash bag handy. I also recommend using a laundry basket for all those items that you find that don’t belong in the car. Use the basket to transport those items inside the house. Vacuum the seats and runners. Dust the dashboard. Give the inside some spring clean loving to start off on the right foot.
2. Have a trash can in the car at all times.
It is inevitable that trash will accumulate in the car. Cut down on the messiness by having a trash bag handy. One easy DIY option is to line a snap food lid container with plastic bags. Insta-trash can! I also recommend throwing away disposable items throughout the day. For example, while you are filling up at the gas station, take that time to gather as much trash as possible and dispose of at the pump. I generally gather trash before heading into a department store or shopping center. Retail stores have trash cans by the front door, so you can easily drop it off as you walk in.
3. Organize your glove compartment.
Sort through the glove compartment. Trash anything that is old or broken. Printed directions to the beach? Yep, those can go. We have iPhones and GPS’ for that. Old cassette tapes? Donate them. You probably forgot they were in there and for a measly $1.29 you can download that favorite song from iTunes. So, what should you keep in the glove compartment? Inspection papers, insurance cards, car manual, and maybe a first aid kit.
4. For the kids…
Think fun and easy. Make it fun and easy for kids to keep the back seat(s) organized. I love over-the-door shoe organizers as an option. The smaller 5 pocket styles are perfect for cars. Store wipes, diapers, sippy cups, movies, and toys. Remind them to clean and tidy up before exiting the vehicle! Kids will get used to cleaning up after themselves but you have to lead by example!
5. For the adults…
Adults accumulate tons of items that require transportation to the home each day. The easiest way to get that stuff from your car to your home is by having a transportation system. I love the Large Utility Tote from ThirtyOne. It is small enough to sit in a seat or in the trunk. Load your items into the bag at the end of each day and take them inside. Every morning, load your daily necessities and transport to the car. Voila! Instant system!
Some of my favorite car organizing tools: