Once you’ve purchased a new, or new to you car, you want to keep it as clean as the day you drove it off the lot. For the first little while, this seems like an easy task. But as the weeks and months go on, as you practically seem to “live” in your car, things can end up being cluttered and unorganized. The water bottles, notes from the kids’ school and other miscellaneous items get scattered all about. Here are some simple tips to help you keep your car neat and organized.
First up is an easy step. Keep a trash bag in your car. This doesn’t have to be anythi8ng big, just perhaps a simple plastic grocery bag…but if it is something you start now keeping in your car, the paper junk and little wrappers now all have a place instead of on the floor or on the seat next to you. Empty this trash bag every time you stop. If it isn’t full all too often, a good habit to get into is to empty it whenever you are filling up with gas. Take this time also to tidy up anything else that might be on the floor. Use your few minutes at the pump wisely and pay some attention to the interior as well as the exterior.
Only store important documents in the glove compartment. A lot of people use this space as a “store all”. If you should ever need to pull out your registration, it can be embarrassing rummaging through napkins, diapers, coupons and notepadsvia. Keep this place simple with just important documents and your owner’s manual. There are other places that all the other extras can go.
Sometimes the biggest problem when trying to keep a clean car are the children. Start getting them in the habit of picking up after themselves. Don’t let them leave the car without their backpacks and school work. Have them throw away their own drink cups and garbage as soon as you reach your destination.
Vacuum out the car every couple of weeks. Doing this frequently will make it so the job isn’t awful when you do it only every few months.
Keeping your car neat and clean isn’t a very hard task with just a few extra minutes of time each day to make sure you or your children pick up after themselves. After a couple of weeks doing so, it will be a habit you’ll really start to appreciate.
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