Whether you spend a ton of time in your car, or you rarely need to drive, our vehicles can quickly become a catch-all for tons of junk and debris. When empty soda cups, shopping bags, extra shoes, jackets, trash, and other mystery items begin to completely fill up your backseat, you know it’s time to clean things up. However, what if you didn’t need to do that big, disgusting car clean out every month? What if you could simply be proactive and maintain a somewhat clean car on a regular basis? Sound like a good idea? Well, read on for some tips on how to keep your car clean and organized, no matter how busy you are!
1. Don’t treat your vehicle as permanent storage.
Turning your vehicle into your personal, portable storage locker can be tempting. However, to maintain an organized car, you don’t want your personal belongings to call your car home. Not only will this clutter up your space, but it will also encourage theft. So, whenever you arrive home, make sure to carry in your items with you.
However, there are a few things you’ll want to store in the trunk of your car. It’s always smart to keep an emergency bag — with some water bottles, blankets, and a First Aid kit — handy.
2. Install a trash receptacle.
If you’re somebody who likes to eat on the run, you know that it doesn’t take long for your car to be littered with trash. Even if you don’t frequently visit the drive-thru, wrappers, tissues, and other useless junk can probably be spotted in your car.
Install an automotive trash bin to keep your debris and clutter to a minimum. However, reserve your trash bin for non-food related waste. Keeping food wrappers in your vehicle can encourage bugs and critters, as well as leave a nasty odor.
3. Keep a microfiber rag and some wipes in your glove compartment.
We all know how dusty and dirty vehicles can get, especially on the dashboard and near the cup holders. So, store a rag and some wet wipes in your glove compartment so that you can easily wipe things up on a regular basis.
Whenever you stop to fill your gas tank, you probably already squeegee your windshield. Take some time to quickly wipe down the inside of your car as well. It only takes a few minutes, and will keep your car looking new and shiny!
4. Be proactive about wiping up spills.
Eating and slurping a soda while driving is just a recipe for disaster, so you’ve probably had your fair share of sticky spills in your vehicle already. Rather than letting them dry or sit, wipe them up as soon as you get home. It seems like a small thing, but it will make a big difference in maintaining the cleanliness of your car!
5. Schedule a “deep clean” day.
Even with these small daily tasks, you’ll still want a day when you can wash you car windows and vacuum the floor mats. So, schedule an afternoon every month or every other month in order to deep clean your car. It should only take an hour or two, and you (and your passengers!) will be glad you did it.
Whether you spend a ton of time in your car, or don’t really travel much, it can be a tough space to keep clean. Keep these tips handy to maintain a car that is clean, organized, and odor-free!
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