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Spring cleaning usually takes place inside the house, but we all know that cars can get pretty messy, too. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning up your act, don't — because organizational pro Peter Walsh has easy tips that will have your car decluttered in no time. And better yet, if you follow his advice, it will stay that way.
Tip 1: Install Organizers on the Back of the Seats
Peter points out that children spend a lot of time looking at the back of the seats in front of them. Why not use that space to store and organize the things they need in the car? Peter recommends buying an organizer that can hang from the back of the seat and storing books, games, or whatever your little ones need in the car.
Editor Pick: SkipHop Backseat Organizer, $25
Tip 2: Hang Clothes in the Trunk
If you have a hatch-type trunk (like in hatchbacks, station wagons, SUVs and minivans), you can install a tension shower curtain rod (from Bed Bath & Beyond, $15–$20) and hang your work clothes or dry cleaning in a neat, orderly row.
Tip 3: Use Storage Containers to Get Organized
Use storage bins or bags in the trunk to make sure that every item has a place. Peter recommends using breathable mesh bins to store items like shoes and clothes that can get funky.
Silver Mesh DVD Bin, $13 each
White Basketweave Storage Bin with Handles, $10–$50 each
Plus, we love this trunk organizer (from Target, $20) with a cooler functionality, so you can keep frozen goods + perishable items chilled on the ride home from the grocery store.
Tip 4: Use Coupon Clutches to Store Important Documents
Peter suggests using an accordion-style coupon clutch to store your registration, insurance and other important documents.
Clear Envelopes With Snap Closure, $2–$3 each
Tip 5: Use Fill-Up Time to Clean Up
Peter suggests a simple tip to keep your car clutter-free: Every time you stop at the gas station, take a quick moment to throw out any trash that has been accumulating.
Tip 6: The 3-Item Rule
Keep a tote bag in your car. Every time you exit the car, take three items that belong in the house and carry them into the house in the tote bag.
Tip 7: Use a Cereal Container as a Car Trash Bin
Peter recommends taking a large plastic cereal container, lining it with a plastic bag, and using it as an everyday trash bin in your car.
Editor Pick: Large Rubbermaid Cereal Container, $9
Tip 8: Keep Wipes in Your Car
Keep wipes in the pocket in your car door so that they are always at the ready for you to clean up messes immediately after they happen.
Tip 9: Use Dryer Sheets as Air Fresheners
If your car is getting stinky, just stash a dryer sheet under every seat.
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