When thinking about home organizing, we often forget about our cars. Many of you spend a significant amount of time every day in the car, commuting to work or chauffeuring your kids around after school. The car gets cluttered very quickly because you bring so many things into the car and there’s very limited space. Below are some suggestions for keeping your car clutter-free:
- Remove the clutter. Take a look at what’s cluttering up your back seat and your trunk. Sort out those things that were inadvertently left behind. Bring them back into the house and return them to their rightful homes.
- Throw away the junk. Get rid of anything that is no longer useful – plastic shopping bags, empty cartons, trash, chewed up dog toys.
- Identify what’s essential. What do you use in your car on a regular basis? Don’t keep anything in your car “just in case”. Chances are you will never use it.
- Consider seasonal needs. As the season change so may your car essentials. In the winter, you may want to carry a small shovel, some road salt and an extra blanket. In the summer you may want to keep extra water or sunscreen in the car. Assess your needs as the weather changes so you won’t be caught off guard.
- Determine your storage needs. Yes, you will need storage in your car to keep all of your essentials organized. There are many products in the market specifically designed for car storage. Don’t feel you need to spend money on those. You likely have containers in your home already that will work in your car. Keep in mind that you will need something covered so the contents don’t spill out if the car comes to a sudden stop.
- Add a trash receptacle. Having some place to put trash in your car is essential. You can buy trash cans/bags specifically made for the car. Or you can improvise. I use a small paper shopping bag lined with a plastic bag. As long as you and your family have a defined place to put trash, it won’t end up all over the backseat and the floor.
Now that your car is neatly organized, you’ll have to maintain it by repeating steps 1 -3 periodically. This will take a matter of seconds if you do it daily, minutes if you do it weekly. The benefits of an organized car far out weigh the minimal amount of time the upkeep takes. You won’t dread getting into your messy car anymore. You will have more room for passengers and cargo. You and your passengers will be safer because you’ll have what you need at your fingertips. All in all, your time in the car will be a much more pleasant experience.