The car’s cabin can be quite a mess if you leave it alone for too long. At times like these, it’s a good practice to clean and ‘declutter’ your car as frequently as possible.
Let’s start with the car boot. The boot is a handy storage space for essentials. Unlike the old days, most people use a boot organizer and even a boot liner to organize stuff and declutter stored items. A boot liner is a good investment as it generally fits a specific car model, made from tough, waterproof and non-absorbent reinforced PVC, as well as easy to clean. Before cleaning, clear out unnecessary things from the boot. Use a hanging organizer to store books, groceries or whatever else you intend to carry around.
Clutter in your car is not only an unsightly nuisance, but carrying unnecessary items around increases fuel consumption and adds to the wear and tear.
After clearing out the boot, move on to clean the seats and main areas of the cabin.
First, clear out all garbage. Start from the front and work your way to the back, including under the seats. Organise items into those that are to stay in the car, those that belong in the house or garage and what you’re going to throw away.
Clean the dashboard, armrests and steering wheel with wipes. Next, remove, dust off, and vacuum the floor mats. If you spot spills and stains, treat it with a carpet cleaner and wipe it away with a damp cloth. Before you slip the mats back in, try sprinkling with baking soda overnight and vacuuming the next day, as this will get rid of any lingering odours.
And that is how you declutter your car. If you’ve followed all the steps, then congratulations! You’ve done a good job in cleaning and decluttering your car! A final step to ensure complete cleanliness is to clear out the door pockets, glove box, sun visors, and cup holders.
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