Get Rid Of Car Clutter

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Some of us have messy cars that are full of clutter. Or maybe they don’t really have much car clutter, just trash! Besides keeping things clean and somewhat organized, it is possible to get tickets in some states for having trash laying around in the car (the actual ticket would be for not having/using a trash bag)! Let’s take a few minutes and see what we can easily do to declutter our cars.

Get Rid Of Trash

Seriously, the first step is to grab a trash bag and go through the car. Anything half eaten, half drank, etc, needs to go. Wrappers, old paperwork, receipts, all need to go. If it wasn’t important enough to take out of the car, it is fine to through in the garbage. This should take you about 5 minutes.

Now that you have the trash out of your car, put a small trash bag into the car to keep yourself, and others, from dumping trash on the seats and floor. I recommend putting a grocery bag around the shifter. This keeps it handy and in sight – you will know when it is full and can grab it on the way out of the car and toss into a garbage can. Voila – no more trash!

Organize Compartments

Get rid of any actual clutter in the glove box, side compartments, and trunk. This may not be trash, but it is clutter! Things like magazines, extra chapstick, multiple pairs of sunglasses, can all be taken out of the car. I know that I tend to cram things into the center console of my car when I’m in a hurry – time to take those things out so that we can use the space we have for things we might actually need:

  • flashlight
  • one pair of sunglasses
  • maps
  • car insurance and registration paperwork
  • car manual
  • phone charger
  • napkins or towels for emergency use

Doing all of this should only take ten minutes. You should now have a cleaned up car – if you really want to go all the way take the time to wipe down the inside with something like a damp cloth to clean of the smooth surfaces, vacuum the interior, and give the outside a good wash. It’s nice to drive around in a clean car that isn’t full of clutter!

After taking care of the cleaning, don’t forget to make sure that you have the proper safety equipment. At a minimum you should have:

  • Cables to jump start your car in the event of a dead battery
  • Jack to elevate your car should you get a flat tire
  • Tire iron to use on the nuts holding your wheel
  • Flashlight or other light source – have you checked to see if the batteries are still good recently?

Enjoy your clean and safe car!


write by Xavia

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