A weekly column celebrating the neat freak in all of us.
You guys! I finally cleaned out my car. This has been on my TO-DO list for AGES. I figured that I would wait until we were officially moved into our new place to clean out my car. Trips to Home Depot have a way of messing things up. You know what I mean?
Let’s check out the BEFORE.
No wonder I feel claustrophobic when I get in the car.
I’ve had this stuff in the door pocket for AGES. It’s always in my periphery when I drive. NO LIKE.
One of the reasons why I have such a messy car is that it gets FILLED with stuff EVERY DAY. I cleaned out Cooper’s cubby at preschool after one week and this is what I have in my car. We have at least two paper airplanes to bring home with us each day… It needs to be sorted through. There’s always a lunch box, a blanket, socks & dirty clothes that I have to bring home so the front seat gets really messy. I also have MY OWN stuff to deal with. Ugh.
The back of the car is almost always a disaster. I have these bins from our office move. They haven’t made it into my garage yet. You can also see that I like to wrap scarves & clothes around my seats. Sometimes I feel like my car is another closet. It overwhelms me, but I can’t help but do it.
This is the backseat where Cooper sits. Because we just went to Home Depot and took something big home, my yoga mat is shoved where his feet belong. There’s a random towel there too and just random crap hanging out in the seat pocket.
So I took those bins and did something with them! I used them to sort my stuff.
I made 4 different bins. Garbage/Recycling. TO SORT.
MY CLOTHES/ COOPER’S CLOTHES.
All the stuff to be sorted is SORTED.
I gathered stuff that needs to go inside. What the heck is a bell doing in my car??!
I also brought all the clothes inside to put away.
I gathered all the toiletry essentials I like to have in my car and put them in this case.
There’s a drawer under the passenger side seat. I put some Essentials in there.
Now it’s time to CLEAN!
This was actually my job when I was a kid. Every weekend my brothers & I had to clean my parent’s cars.
They had to clean outside while I had inside duty. Maybe this is why the inside of cars are so important to me?
Soap + Water. I took a rag and cleaned down all of the surfaces.
I soaked areas that had build-up gunk on them. I did some detailing with some toothpicks.
It’s amazing what you’ll find in there.
I took out all of the rugs and vacuumed the inside of the car. I made sure to get into all of the crevices.
I shook out the rugs and vacuumed them.
Then I took these Armor-All Protectant Wipes and wiped down the dashboard area & the insides of the door.
I actually keep these under the seat. Sometimes when my car gets dirty/dusty on the inside I’ll wipe the inside down if I need to kill time.
Let the AFTERS begin. Here’s the inside. I wiped it all down. It sparkles. You can’t really tell in this picture though.
The toiletry bag is now in my driver side door along with an umbrella. No more paper mess!
This is what the inside looks like in the front. AHHH!
I have a few pens & some hand sanitizer in the front. This area used to be filled with jewelery I took off while driving and lipgloss and gunk.
Cooper’s spot is clean & empty! WOOT.
And from the other side, I hung up this little bag to hold all of my cloth grocery bags.
Look at the trunk!!!! It’s EMPTY. WHOA.
It’s like a brand new car (not really! It’s over 12 years old!).
Cooper was happy to be picked up from school today in a clean car. I REALLY REALLY hope to keep this up.
The key is that I have to slow down and deal with things that come In and Out of our car ASAP.
No more letting things go. Letting things go, and trying to do TOO MUCH (always) gets in my way. Slow down to sanity!