Simple tips to keep your car clutter-free!
Looking to keep your car clutter-free? I have some simple tips to help you with this. In complete honesty, keeping a clutter-free car is a challenge for me. We have three kids and often the car looks like a complete disaster.
Can you relate to this scene? If so, join me in focusing on cleaning out the car! P.S. This was after I took out the trash and toys.
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How to Keep Your Car Clutter-Free
Remove the trash every time you get home.
It is not like we have a goal in trashing our cars, but often while driving, there is nowhere to put the trash. So we put it in little crevices of the car. With kids, this is challenging because they are so prone to just drop their trash. One thing I have been working on with my kids is picking up our trash.
There are a few ways to do this:
- Keep a trash bag in the car- This option helps you to have a landing zone for the trash. It makes for easy pick-up and is great for kids. This is a great option and so is this option!
- Keep a trash bin in the garage- Having a trash can right in the garage helps you to have a quick landing zone for the trash. Plus, it is a visual reminder to empty the trash!
Teach your kids to bring in their stuff from the car.
As with all parts of parenting, it takes consistency and repetition. Kids, and really adults too, do not learn things the first time. Start the habit of having everyone bring in the items from the car together.
My kids often bring random toys with them into the car. Often, our car then turns into a toy box on wheels. We are working on having them bring what they bring into the car back inside when we return home. This is a simple way to teach our kids responsibility.
Also, we have to remember this for ourselves! So many times I have left my coffee mug in the car. It happens, but with one extra step, we can eliminate the clutter.
Have a storage solution in the car for kid items.
While we are working on keeping the car clutter-free, it can be helpful to have a storage solution for kid items. This is helpful for road trips, if you have young kids, and if you spend a lot of time in the car. I love the over the seat options because it does not take up any floor or seat space.
One thing to consider with this is to go through the storage solution at least every month. You do not want this to become a landing zone for clutter.
Put emergency items together.
When we were newlyweds, my husband’s grandma gave us an emergency kit for the car. It has been great to have this in the car. Plus, I love that everything is together!
It is also smart to have a first aid kit in the car. You can easily put one together or purchase one that is already assembled.
Once you have these two items, store them together in a container so they remain in the car in one place.
Keep the reusable bags altogether.
I do not have a big storage solution for reusable bags. What has worked is to keep them in the car and all together. I do this by putting the bags all inside of one. We shop at Lidl for the majority of our groceries, so I need to have my own bags.
After I unload the groceries, I have started putting the bags right back into the car.
These tips can help you keep your car clutter-free! It just takes some practice getting into the regular rhythm of remembering to do these things.
Start Today Tip:
Start today by committing to removing the trash from your car. Even if your car is a complete mess, start by taking out the trash from the car every time you return home. Then pick a time THIS WEEK that you will go through your car and remove the clutter.
Share your tips in the comments for keeping your car clutter-free! Make sure to head over to read Jaclyn’s tips for storing old paint.
CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE CLEAR THE CLUTTER SERIES
- How to Declutter the Kitchen (Week 1)
- Then, How to Declutter the Living Room (Week 2)
- How to Organize a Small Master Bedroom (Week 3)
- How to Organize a Small Bathroom (Week 4)
- Learn How to Eliminate Paper Clutter (Week 5)
- Tips to Keep Your Kids’ Rooms Organized (Week 6)
- How to Organize Board Games (Week 7)