by Lisa Lozano
It’s summer time, which means you are likely driving to lots of activities and your car might be getting messier and messier. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning up your act, don’t be, because our organizational pro Peter Walsh has ten easy tips that will have your car spic and span 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 than can hang from the back of the seat and storing books, games, or whatever your little ones need in the car.
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 and hang your work clothes or your kids sporting uniforms 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.
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.
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.
Tip 8: Keep Wipes in Your Car
Keep wipes in the pocket in your car door so that they are always at the ready so you can clean up messes immediately after they happen.
Tip 9: Repurpose Soap Holder
Peter suggests using a suction-cup soap holder (like you’d normally use in the bath) to store kids items in the backseat. Simply suction-cup it to the window in a way that won’t obstruct the driver’s view.
Tip 10: Use Dryer Sheets as Air Fresheners
If your car is getting stinky, just stash a dryer sheet under every seat.
What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to keeping your car clean? Tell us in the comments.