Don’t you just love the feel of a clean, organized car? With all of the running around we do, it doesn’t take long for our vehicles to get that grungy, “lived-in” look. Fortunately, with a little practice it doesn’t take long to banish the grunge and bring back that new car feel – you really can declutter your car in 20 minutes or less. Here’s how:
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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Jamie Siebens is a freelance writer and owner of Always-an-Adventure.com, a blog focused on living intentionally and finding beauty in the everyday adventures of life. When she’s not behind a computer screen, you can find her with her husband and two daughters enjoying their current adventure – turning a former 1890’s one room schoolhouse and town hall into their cozy family home.