Bundle up! Today we head outside for a quick clean up of your car.
Let’s face it: many of us spend a lot of time in our cars. And anywhere we spend time, we accumulate clutter. Here’s how to get the car under control.
- Go through the car and remove all trash. Remember to look in the glove box, the center console, and under the seats. Throw all trash away. A quick tip for keeping the trash at bay in the future is to empty it from your car whenever you pump gas.
- Remove all objects which do not belong in your car. Put them in your “Elsewhere” box (see below) to be carried in to the house at the end of the task and put in the appropriate location.
- Move “emergency objects” (flashlight, blanket, ice scraper, umbrella, first aid kit, etc.) to a back storage area, such as the trunk or cargo hold.
- Remove any sports/recreational equipment that is out of season and move it to the garage.
- Make sure you have current registration and insurance paperwork in your glove box. Shred any expired paperwork.
- Gather “entertainment items” (e.g. stuffed animals, rattles, earphones) to a cloth box/bag. Secure the bag so items won’t fly around.
- Wipe surfaces with a warm, wet rag. Vacuum the floors and seats if you can.
- Take your “Elsewhere” box and redistribute items to their rightful spaces in your home.
Want to make your car even more user friendly? Here are a few inspirations…
- Hang a Command Hook to the side of the passenger foot area for a trash bag.
- Buy a cargo/trunk organizer to group and hold items.
- Use coasters or silicone baking cups to line the cupholders. These keep small items from shifting and are easy to remove for cleaning.
- Get an organizer that hangs over the back of the seat to hold toys and snacks.
- Use a plastic, zip-top envelope to hold retail coupons in a pocket or important papers in the glove compartment.
Minimizing the clutter in your car not only makes for a more pleasant ride, it also keeps your car safe from flying objects in the event of an accident.
Does your car need this? What tips have you found helpful for keeping your car in order?
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If you are new to the challenge, here’s a review of the process we are using all month:
1. Gather your supplies: (you can reuse these same supplies each day)
- Boxes or bags labeled with “Donate”, “Elsewhere” and “Store”
- Trash can and recycle bin
- Damp rag/wet wipe
2. Remove everything from the area (yes, everything) and wipe it clean with a damp rag.
3. Sort the items into these categories: (The Seana Method’s R.E.D.D.S. system)
- R- Restore: these are the items going back in
- E- Elsewhere: these are items to keep, but that don’t belong in this space
- D- Donate
- D- Dispose: trash or recycle
- S- Store: items you want to keep for sentimental reasons, or perhaps for a long-term future use, but which you don’t regularly use. These items will eventually need to go into a bin/box in an attic, basement, or closet.
4. Keeping the “Restore” items out, and put all other items into the boxes/bags you prepared.
5. Move items to their final destination:
- Put the “Restore” items back into your designated area.
- Carry the “Elsewhere” box/bag around your house and redistribute its contents.
- Move the “Donate” box/bag to the car to be donated.
- Trash/recycle the “Dispose” items.
- Put the “Store” items into a container and move it to a remote location for future access.