Keeping your car neat and tidy year-round can seem like a daunting task.
Australians spend so much time commuting—travelling to and from work, school pick-ups and drop-offs, grocery runs, cross-country road trips… the list goes on.
In all this rushing around, rubbish tends to pile up.
Driving a clean car feels like a breath of fresh air. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the embarrassment of clearing rubbish away in a panic when you’re giving a friend a ride!
Here are our top tips for decluttering your car.
1. Save the snacks for laterIt’s easier said than done but eating in your car is the quickest path towards an overwhelming mess!
If possible, wait until you arrive at home or the office before sneaking in a snack. If you’re low on time, and on-the-road feasting is your only option, make sure to throw away any rubbish as soon as you arrive at your destination.
Alternatively, check out tip three on our list.
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2. Clean your cupholders (often!)Cupholders act like a magnet for sticky, nasty residue. It’s a real shock to reach into your cupholder and find your hand covered in mystery goo!
Avoid this frequent problem by regularly giving your cupholders a quick once-over. Using a cotton bud, cleaning rag, or scrubbing brush (combined with a little elbow grease), wash away the stickiness to reveal a fresh, clean compartment for your cups.
3. Use a car waste binIf you’re guilty of leaving old bottles and wrappers in your car, it’s worth keeping a rubbish bag on-hand. Plastic bags can do the trick, or if you’re after something more robust, try a specially made car waste bin.
Bag your rubbish before it has a chance to pile up. Simply empty the bag or bin every few days, and your car will stay spotless with minimal effort.
4. Taking a furry friend along for the ride? Try a backseat coverIf you’re a dog mum or dad, you’ll know the struggle of fur, fur, fur. Fur in your food, fur in your mouth, fur in your car. It’s everywhere, always.
Thankfully, you can keep your car fur-free with a simple backseat cover. A cover will not only combat flyaway hairs, but it’ll also protect your upholstery from dirt, mud, and (eek!) drool.
5. Lay down the ground rulesWhenever you leave your car, set a firm rule:
Grab your stuff!
As soon as you pull into the driveway, it’s time to act. Your kids will grab their toys; you’ll grab your bags, receipts, and rubbish.
Stick to this rule like your life depends on it—and you’ll never need to deal with a messy car ever again.