People spend a lot of time in their vehicles, which means they can get pretty cluttered.
Clutter can range from needing to quickly clean off the front seat so there’s room for a person to ride along with you (without them having to uncomfortably sit on your stuff) to a full-blown dumping ground in the backseat, trunk, or rear cargo space that makes those spaces 'challenging' to use for what they were intended for.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact our communities (and world), so many people are doing their part by staying safe at home and driving less. This provides the perfect opportunity to clean your car at home!
Here are 4 decluttering tips that will show your car some much-needed TLC..and help keep you busy, in case you are bored at home:
- Take Out the Trash: We’re all guilty of starting out with a new car, or ‘new to you’ car, with extremely strict ‘no mess’ rules, and then slowly letting more and more pass by. What we’re left with is a car full of coffee cups, take out bags, empty water bottles, and all sorts of unknown crumbs, especially if you have kids.
- The first step in uncovering the car beneath the mess is to remove all the trash from inside the car.
- Bring a trash bag outside and be ruthless.
- Check under the seats, between the seats, and make sure you don’t forget the trunk.
- Take Everything Out: Although not everything you find in your car will be trash, there are bound to be things that do not need to be in there. Whether it be extra winter accessories leftover from ski trips, or a collection of shoes you’ve been looking for in your closet, take the opportunity to put them back where they belong – which is not in your car! For the items that do indeed belong in your car, determine a home for them and put them there right away.
- Put your phone cord in the centre console, your snow brush in the trunk, and your important papers in the glovebox.
- Be honest with yourself when deciding if something really needs to be in the car or brought inside.
- Clean Everywhere: If your car is clean, you’re much more likely to be motivated to keep it that way. Now that all the clutter is removed, you can do a thorough car interior cleaning.
- Start with giving everything a wipe down with a cleaning wipe or a rag and household cleaner or glass cleaner.
- Remove all of the crud and filth from all the crevices, and those mystery substances from the cup holders.
- Clean your windows as well - you’ll be shocked at how dirty the inside of the windows gets and you’ll be seeing a whole new world once they’re clean.
- If you have rubber mats, take them out and give them a shake. There will be months of build up from your shoes on there, and most of it will fly off with a shake. And if you have the time, go one step further and spray them down with a hose!
- Find Helpful Tools to Prevent Mess in the Future: There are a whole host of products specifically designed to help you fight the mess in your car, which you can quickly and easily order online, and even more that can be hacked to do so just as well.
- If your biggest issue is garbage accumulation, get a small garbage bin that sits in the floor space in the backseat. There are some that are collapsible that even come with garbage bags to fit!
- If your issue is keeping things organized, especially if you have children to amuse in the backseat, consider some hanging seatback organizers. They have pouches to keep things in and protect the back of your seat from those little foot prints your kids deposit everywhere.
If you have any other tips and tricks you use to declutter your car, we’d love to hear them!
By the way, if you’re ever in need of a safe and secure place to store your car, we have car storage for rent. Just call, text or email - we offer tough-free self storage! You can also virtually tour either of our Milton self storage or Woodstock self storage facilities and different sized self storage units via YouTube, as well as get tips for both storing your car in self-storage and taking your car out of storage.
Stay safe & Healthy!
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