Anyone can end up with a cluttered car. It can plague soccer moms, businessmen, students and everyone in between. It can be minor and just a little disorganized or it can border on unsanitary from the accumulation of fast food trash. There are a lot of reasons people neglect to clean out the interiors of their cars and all sorts of things can accumulate there over time from trash to important items.
organized car decreases stress while you drive and also makes more room
for cargo and passengers. The most cluttered of cars are weighed down
to the point that it can even negatively affect gas mileage. Attempting
to de-clutter your car can be overwhelming and you may not even know where to begin.
The absolute first step to organizing your car is to park it in a place with plenty of light. You need to be able to see under all the seats and into any little nooks where junk can hide.
The Three-Box Method
three-box method (or three-pile method) is an organization technique
you can use for anything that has become cluttered - from your basement
to your office desk. It also works wonders for a cluttered car. For your
car you want to have a box for "Trash," a box for "Car" and a box for "House." You'll keep the "Car" items in your car and take the "House"
items inside because they aren't trash, but they don't belong in your
car. Feel free to bring out your recycling bin if a lot of the garbage
looks like paper, plastic or other recyclable items.
pulling everything out of your car wherever you'd like, but be sure to
have a method to your madness so you don't overlook anything. You may
prefer to start with the driver's seat and work your way around
clockwise or you may want to begin with the trunk and work your way
forward. Remove everything and be sure to check the glove compartment,
center console and underneath each seat. Sort the items accordingly into
the correct box.
Take Advantage of the Emptiness
you start putting anything back into your car that goes there, you
should take the opportunity to vacuum it out. This will get rid of food
crumbs and dirt that may have been hiding under the clutter. Track down
odors and clean up stains. Having a car that looks and smells fresh and
clean will remind you to keep it tidy. This will help you stay organized
after you've de-cluttered.
What To Keep in Your Car
are a few obvious things you should keep in your car like your
registration and insurance information. Most people keep this paperwork
in their glove compartment where it is easily accessible. Be sure you
keep your glove compartment clean so you can find the documents quickly
if you need them. Anything else you opt to keep in your car needs to
have its own specific place that makes sense to you.
Create a Set of Rules to Stay Organized
help you avoid another cluttered car situation. Create rules that are
right for you that you can keep. You might want to consider not eating
in your car if you had a lot of food trash. If you found that you had a
bunch of junk mail in your car then don't allow mail in your car at all
and take it straight inside. You may also consider a more regular de-cluttering schedule as a rule. Reserve a bit of time on Sundays for maintenance and get items out of your car that shouldn't be there.
these simple steps and you'll have an organized car in no time. It'll
also be easier for you to keep it organized and looking its best. A car
full of clutter can be embarrassing if you carpool or a friend needs a
ride. You also want to maximize your gas mileage by not transporting
around pounds of unnecessary junk.
Robert Mizrahi is the CEO of Chaos Commandos, a professional organizing service for homes and business. Learn more by visiting his website at NYCorganizers.com