Constantly open your car door to an avalanche of coffee cups, food wrappers and random clothes? Here’s how to keep your car uncluttered and clean with ease.
Cars can be breeding grounds for rubbish and clutter, becoming a mini extension of your home. The trick to keeping your car clean and clutter free is to follow a few simple – but realistic – strategies. And no, muttering “we will NEVER eat in this car again,” is not one of them!
#1: Banish crumb filled crevices
The sides of your front car seats would have to be the bane of most car owner’s existence – they’re a collection site for chips, pens, coins and keys, and build up plenty of dust and sand. And just to make them even more irritating, the skinny nature of the gap means most vacuum cleaners struggle to properly get in to thoroughly clean them out. Luckily, clever boffins have come up with the solution – a ‘mess catcher’ that slips into the gap, which can be or through many car supply retailers. Likewise, rubber floor mats are easy to flick out on a regular basis.
#2: A place for everything, and everything in its place
Kid proof your car with organisers on the back of their seats, and use mini food storers to keep change and other car ‘must haves’ (mints, anyone?) in their place. A stash of shopping bags in a lunchbox can be slid under the front passenger seat and used to collect rubbish at the end of the week (or a road trip) and collect all the loose bits and pieces that need to be bought back inside.
#3: Dog proof your car
Not only will doggie seat belts keep Fido safe from flying through your window in an accident, they also keep them tethered to their seat – meaning they won’t spread hair, slobber and other dog related ‘treats’ throughout your car. Back this up with a washable seat cover and you can easily remove their mess once a week.
#4: Keep your cleaning tools handy
Grab yourself a plastic box and stock your car interior cleaning tools so they’re handy in case of a spill or crumb fest – this prevents staining or grinding the mess into your upholstery. We recommend a pack of all-purpose wipes designed for car surfaces, fabric or upholstery wipes, and window wipes (or their spray equivalent with a colour coded microfibre cloth for each.) If you regularly consume food, or have kids and pets in your vehicle, a dust buster is also a handy addition. In the interest of keeping things decluttered, we recommend keeping your exterior car wash goodies stored at home unless your car requires frequent cleaning away from home.
#5: Only put items in as you need them
One of those people that do a cull of your clothing and leave the bags of donations in your boot for a month? Instead, leave them in your hallway until you are getting in the car to drop them off (yes, even if you ‘might’ drive past on the way home unless you are the super organised type.) This way you avoid driving around with a boot or backseat stuffed full of things you’re yet to dispose of, AND, you’re likely to drop them off sooner – ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is a key cause for letting things slide – if they’re in your hallway, you’ll get onto it sooner.