How did you all go last week with decluttering the Christmas decorations? Hopefully you got them sorted ready to make next Christmas much easier and less stressful.
So week 2 we are tackling the car. Let’s get the year started with a nice tidy and organised car. If you are anything like me, you’ll need to redo this one every few months.
Told you I was going to be real with my photos. This car is holding up pretty well for 23yrs old. Not sure how many previous owners she’s had but she was 19 when we got her and there’s nothing wrong with her that a couple of seat covers couldn’t fix.
- So first things first grab a bag for the rubbish and a box or basket for anything that doesn’t belong in the car and start pulling stuff out. I was expecting a heap, hence the two bags for rubbish, but she was surprisingly low on rubbish.
- Grab another box for anything that needs to go back in to the car and pull that out too. This includes your glove box. You want to start with a blank slate, so to speak.
- Pull out your floor mats if you have them and give them a shake, vacuum or wash.
- Remove the kids carseats. This way you can vacuum under them and it’s a great time to throw their covers through the wash.
- Now’s the time to give your dash and consoles a wipe down and vacuum your floor, seats and boot (trunk).
- Don’t forget to give your windows a clean, removing all of those adorable (or not so adorable) kid sized fingerprints.
- Put your floor mats back in as well as the kids carseats (make sure these are reinstalled to manufacturers specifications and that they meet your state’s child restraint laws).
- Grab your bag or box of items that need to go back in the car and before you put them back, stop and think about where they should go or if they should even go back in. The last thing you want to do is fill the car back up with clutter.
- Once everything is back in the car, decide if there are other items you should keep in the car like sunhats/beanies, a bag or tub in the boot/trunk for items that need returning or dropping off elsewhere) this keeps things together in one place and stops them from sliding around the car.
You should now have a nice, tidy and organised car. Throw the rubbish from the car straight in the bin and those items that don’t belong in the car, take a few minutes to put them away properly as this will save you extra time later.
Now if you have the energy (and if you don’t, get the kids or hubby involved) you can give the outside a wash and get your car sparkling clean on the outside as well. Or if you are like me, run it through the carwash. It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just that the Tarago roof is too high for me to reach.
You’ll see in the pics above that I have a basket between the two front seats, this model Tarago didn’t come with a middle console, so we came up with this idea. It holds a pouch with nappies (diapers) and wipes, the orange container holds my reusable shopping bags and the blue container underneath holds napkins, straws and plastic cutlery for those impromptu picnics and day trips.
The glove box has also been organised with the same coloured clam containers. They hold spare fuses, tools and plastic shopping bags to use for rubbish or wet clothes etc. Underneath those is an umbrella and first aid kit and of course you can see our stash of L Plates for our current Learner Driver.
Don’t forget to share your progress in the comments or you can add your link below.