messy-car-interior-de1Our second home, the car… does it deserve the abuse we give it?!

Whether you have Cherios in the back seat floor, 2 day-old coffee cups in the front seat, or just papers and shopping bags sprawled throughout your car, a car can quickly become a “secret shame” that we hope no one we know (or don’t know for that matter) will be walking by and look in to see what we are hiding- let alone need a ride!

So here’s to the end of embarrasement, and the beginning of pride in the care you take for your car!  With just 6 easy steps from Good Housekeeping’s June 2007 issue, you can declutter your car in 15 minutes flat.  And then, I’ll give you a tip to keep it that way!

  1. Sort and toss. Grab a trash bag, empty box & laundry basket or other plastic bin (or any type of basket, whatever makes you FEEL good!).  Starting from the front and working to the back- toss trash in the bag, put the items that belong in the house into the box, and the items that stay in the car go in the laundry basket.
  2. Swipe. Wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, doorjambs, and armrests with a wipe that won’t harm vinyl or leather.
  3. Shake and Vac. Shake out the floormats, and vacuum the seats and floor. Treat spills and ink spots with hand sanitizer- its high alcohol content gets rid of stains.– love this tip!
  4. Stow to Go. Find a home for that bin (basket) and contents in your car.  Put maps in a large ziploc bag in the driver’s side cubby, manuals and documents in the glove compartment, an empty pill bottle can be used to store coins for tolls and keep it in a cup holder so it’s handy.                                                                                                                                                                       Get an organizer for your backseat.  Put toys, ice scrapers, and umbrellas back there.–we moms really do need this! Put emergency supplies in an empty toolbox that you keep in the trunk. —love this tip!
  5. Double up. After emptying the bin, store it in the trunk for double duty:                                                                                                                                                                                       grocery bags for clean storage and easy transfer into the house.                                                                                                                                                                  Then items that need to go back into the car can be placed in here for when it’s time to go.
  6. Be Prepared. Keep trash from accumulating by filling en empty tissue box with plastic grocery bags and keep it under the front seat.— awesome!!!

Okay, so now you’ve got your car clean, and are supplied with tools to make you successful.

Just be sure you’re using your trash bags, or you can use a cup, box, anything that you designate for trash—-just use it!

And, keep that basket or bin going from in and out of the house.  This is why I suggested a basket.  If it’s going to be in your house, you may want to make it attractive so that it’s not an eye sore to look at.

You choose, it’s your house, car and life—-take pride in it!