I don't know about you, but my car can look awfully lived in pretty fast! Did you know that you can declutter your car in just 20 minutes? You totally can! Here's how:

I don’t know about you, but my car can look awfully lived in pretty fast! Did you know that you can declutter your car in just 20 minutes? You totally can! Here’s how:

*** Of course, this may take longer than 20 minutes the first time around, but once you have a system down it really does go that fast!***

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Before You Start to Declutter Your Car…

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1. Gather a few supplies:

  • Trash bin
  • Two large boxes or laundry baskets
  • Cleaning cloths or rags
  • All purpose cleaner (we like this one) or cleaning wipes.

2. Take everything out of the car.

Open all doors and the trunk. Starting at the front passenger seat, work clockwise around the vehicle. Toss any trash in the bin. Put anything that needs to stay in the car in one basket. Put everything else in the other.

3. Quickly wipe down the main surfaces.

Clean off the dash, steering wheel, mirrors and windows. This is not the time to detail the car – just get it as clean as you can in 2-5 minutes.

4. Find places for the essentials.

All those items in the first box or basket need their own designated home in the car. Important paperwork goes in the glove compartment (use a document envelope like this to keep things clean and organized). Stash your first aid kit and a working flashlight under the front seat. Only put what you need back in the car, and make sure each item has a place to call home.

5. Donate or distribute the rest.

Quickly sort through the second box or basket. Put away anything that belongs in the house, and donate anything you don’t need.

Bonus tip: when you’re done, spritz your car with a few sprays of your favorite room spray!

6. You’re done!

See? It doesn’t have to take long to declutter your car! And the more often you do it the faster you’ll be. This is great to do on a regular basis, OR the perfect prep for taking your car to a wash-and-vacuum place.

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I don't know about you, but my car can look awfully lived in pretty fast! Did you know that you can declutter your car in just 20 minutes? You totally can! Here's how:

How To Declutter Your Car in Twenty Minutes (Or Less!)
Jamie Siebens

Jamie writes about living intentionally and finding beauty and perspective in the adventures of everyday life. When she’s not writing, she’s living her own adventures – working full time at an ER registration desk, parenting two spicy girls, and collaborating with her husband on the remodel of a former one-room schoolhouse on their homestead in rural Wisconsin.

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