If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of junk in your car. There are old wrappers, receipts, plastic cups, and other things that certainly don’t belong there. But let’s face it; nobody wants to go through the trouble of reaching under the seat when cleaning a car’s interior. So, what is the best way to declutter your vehicle? This blog post provides valuable tips on how to get rid of the junk in the car!
Get started with one section at a time
It can feel overwhelming if you try to tackle everything all at once. Start by picking one area (like the backseat), and go through it entirely before moving onto another part of the car. This will help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and tired.
Sort everything into three piles
The first pile should be what stays in the car; these items are essential, and you’ll need them for your next trip. The second pile is what can go; anything that’s old, no longer necessary or expired should be thrown out. And the third pile is stuff to put away (in a center console storage area).
Don’t be afraid to get dirty!
Sometimes, you’re going to have to reach under the seat and feel for your belongings in a bit of dirt, but that’s okay. Before beginning the process, take off any jewelry, so it doesn’t get lost or broken from being handled too roughly during cleaning time.
Use the right tools for the job.
You can find all sorts of cleaning products at your local store, but why not save yourself some time and use what’s already in your home? The best thing to clean it with is an old dryer sheet or a piece of paper towel that has been soaked in water. You can use it to wipe out any crumbs or dirt that may be left behind when you’re finished decluttering the car.
Don’t forget your floor mats!
After cleaning and decluttering the inside of your car, make sure to give a good scrub down to your floor mats as well. They are the dirtiest part of your car, so don’t skip this step! You can remove them before you start cleaning to have an easier time getting rid of any grime.
Make sure that all of the junk is out
You want to ensure everything goes through the garbage, recycling bin or donation box before putting it back in your car. This will help keep things organized and clutter-free! If there’s something worth keeping (like an old CD), place it in a separate storage area (like the glove box).
Throw away anything dated earlier than three months ago
This includes receipts, candy wrappers, old gum, and anything else you know doesn’t belong in the car. If it’s newer than three months but not important enough to keep, put it away where you can find it easily (or throw it out immediately). You don’t need to keep unused stuff inside your car, as this is how they become junk.
Use a rigid plastic container for storage
This can come in handy if there isn’t a lot of storage space in the car. The hard plastic keeps everything organized and prevents them from getting smashed or crushed by anything moving around. And because this is a permanent solution, you don’t have to worry about misplaced things when cleaning out your car.
Put the least important things in a box
Place anything you might need on your next road trip or items related to work, school, etc., into a small storage container (ideally one with a lid). It is easier to clean out these areas if they’re easy to access, and there’s no chance of losing an item.
Use up all of your car’s storage space
Put loose items in the trunk or backseat to free up some extra room. If there’s a specific item you haven’t used, think about whether it would be more helpful if kept at home or work instead. For example, are those old gym shorts still being stored because you’re waiting to go on a trip? Get rid of them!
Can I find a car decluttering service?
Sometimes, you may not feel like folding your sleeves and getting down and dirty. Your best option, in this case, would be to look for an organization service. Luckily, you can find a car decluttering service by searching online; dozens of companies do this. You should always check if they’ve had any complaints before hiring one and ensure the company has excellent reviews! The service should be reputable; check for any complaints or problems on their website before contracting them.
Don’t let clutter take over your car again
While you might be tempted, do not bring anything new into your car. This will end up adding more junk that can quickly fill the space again. Instead, purchase an organizer for all personal items and keep them at home or work.
We know how frustrating it can be to have a car filled with junk. Let’s face it; nobody likes the feeling of being overwhelmed! The good news is that there are many ways you can get rid of your clutter and organize your vehicle so that you don’t feel like you’re driving around in a garbage truck. If you have a junk car that you want to get rid of, give us a call at Cars for Cash Northwest. It’s our mission to make sure every customer leaves happy and satisfied!