Spring is well underway, and with it, the impulse to do some “Spring Cleaning.” We purge our closets, move heavy appliances to clean those hard-to-reach places, and skim down on the junk that clutters our everyday lives.
Cars tend to become an extension of our home life. Without realizing it, the vehicle sitting in the driveway is thought of as an extra room of the house. It’s amazing how much of life is spent in a car. According to this fun Distractify article, we spend 4.3 years driving in our cars (that’s a general distance of going to the moon and back 3 times!). So, it’s inevitable that it gets filled with a similar clutter as the rest of our lives: scrap paper, toys, food, electronic devices and that pair of shoes you can’t find (no matter how hard you look).
With so much of our lives spent in our car, it’s a good idea to get de-cluttered and more organized! Consider doing a little Spring Cleaning of your vehicle. These quick car organizing tips:
It seems like a simple thing, but laying some ground rules about what enters and exits the car is a great start to getting your car clean and organized. Take into account what is realistic for you and your usual passengers. Consider hard and fast rules, such as “no eating in the car” or “If you bring it into the car, you take it out.” This will be a good basis for giving the car interior some general tidiness.
Trash that Trash!
We have trash bins in our homes – so why not our cars? Whether it is a small box or plastic bin, give yourself a direct place to dispose of trash during car rides. A car trash can seems small – but watch what a difference it will make in your car!
File Folders are Fun
Cars take us on a plethora of errands, many of which leave us with important documents to keep track of. Namely, receipts, bank statements, etc. Grab a small file folder with several pockets to organize and store the important papers you gather on your car journeys. This is a great way to “pre-organize” your documents before taking them inside for filing. Another great idea is a portable office organizer – it even keeps your electronics out of sight!
Make Use of Seat Backs
Make organization for backseat passengers a breeze! Take a plastic travel shower caddy and loop it over the headrest of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats. This gives backseat passengers a place to access paper, pencils, car-approved toys and even snacks! Or for between the seats, try a backseat organizer. It also gives people a place to put things back when they are done (as opposed to on the floor, in the trunk, under the seat, etc).
First Aid and Emergency Kits
Now that your car is clean and organized, you now have space to add important items to your car. Namely, a First Aid Kit and Emergency Kit. We often skip having these items in the car because we don’t want to add more to the clutter. Decluttering gives you space to add the right things. Having these kits on hand on hand will keep you ready and safe in an emergency situation. Here is a great list to get you kits started.