As with any good organization project, the first step must be – clean it out! Take every single item out of your car. Don’t forget to empty the pockets on the backs of the seats or your glove box and console compartment. You can even stack your floor mats in the back seat.
Once you’ve stripped your car of trash, collected items, and even the essentials (which we’ll put back later), it’s time to clean!
You have a few options when it comes to cleaning. You’ll have to choose based on the state of your vehicle and your budget.
If your car is in bad shape, you might consider having it detailed by professionals. This can cost anywhere from $50 to $150, depending on the size of your vehicle. But it will cover cleaning interiors and exteriors to a pristine degree.
If you’d prefer to do the dirty work yourself, you can save a good bit of cash. Find a self-serve car cleaning station with a drive-through car wash. Ranging from $5 to $20, you can gain access to the station’s cleaning spaces with vacuums, floor mat cleaners, microfiber towels, glass cleaners, upholstery cleaners, and spray scents.
Of course, there’s no reason to go anywhere if you’re able to clean your car at home. A hand-held vacuum, glass cleaner, carpet or upholstery sprays, and leather cleaners would all be helpful.
Now that your vehicle is sparkling clean, it will be much easier to find a place for everything to be put away. There are a few items that are essential to keep in your car, a few that are good ideas to have in case of emergency, and still a few more that are good to have for convenience’s sake. You’ll have to decide what best fits your lifestyle.