Let’s face it, it can be tough to keep your car clean. Even if you’re a pretty clean individual, chances are there’s something you could do to bring a little more organization or cleanliness to your vehicle. If you’re busy parents hoping to reduce the mess your kids leave in your car, a bit of a mess and trying to help yourself keep your vehicle clean, or anyone who’s interested in making life a little easier, read on! We’ve compiled a list of our top 7 hacks to keep your vehicle clean and organized.
- In-car trashcan: One of the most frequent causes of mess in cars is trash. Cups, wrappers, napkins and other rubbish often ends up littering the floor or the back seat, but fixing this issue is simple! Just invest in, or DIY, an in-car trashcan. You can find all many different types in auto parts stores or online, but it’s also simple to make one yourself. Try a tall plastic container (like one you might out cereal in) lines with a grocery bag for a simple do-it-yourself option.
- Cover your seats: The easiest way to make sure that your upholstery stays clean is to cover it up. Invest in some seat covers to protect your upholstery from spills, dirt, and other messes, especially if you frequently drive with children or pets in your back seat. Not only is it much easier to take the covers off and clean them than it is to clean your car seats, professionals with Patrick Volvo tell us that keeping your upholstery protected is one of the easiest things you can do to help retain your vehicle’s value for trade in or resale.
- Cupholder liners: One of the most difficult things to clean is a sticky spill in a cupholder. One easy way around this is to put a silicone cupcake liner in each cupholder. You could use the regular paper ones, but you’ll need to replace them every time you have a spill, whereas the silicone options can just be thrown in the dishwasher and then reused.
- Shower caddies: A plastic shower caddy (like you might send a kid off to college with) is at the heart of a number of car hacks. Some of our favorites are kids lunch trays and fluid organizers. A plastic shower caddy is a great way to organize and hold take-out food or packed lunches, so kids will be less likely to spill or absent-mindedly place a drippy pb&j on the seat. On the organization side, a shower caddy is a great place to store fluids like oil and washer fluid, as well as small car maintenance items like ice scrapers or rags. This way, everything you need will be easy to find and not rolling around in your trunk.
- Seatback storage: Another great solution for organizing car maintenance items, sports gear, toys or anything else you keep in the car is a shoe organizer hung over the back of a seat. A plastic, cloth or vinyl shoe organizer (like the kind that would normally hang in a closet or over a door) could be hung over the back of a rear seat for small item storage in your trunk, or over the back of the front passenger seat to give kids easy access to their belongings.
- Glove box organization: Everyone knows that getting pulled over or getting in a fender bender is a stressful situation. Do yourself a favor and take some of the stress out, that is, the stress of fumbling through the contents of your messy glovebox to find your registration or insurance information. An expanding file folder or index card holder is a perfect place to organize important documents.
- Cargo bay shelf: If you have a hatchback, minivan or SUV, it’s possible that there’s vertical space in your cargo bay that you could be taking advantage of. Using low shelving (like this) you can create twice the space for smaller items like groceries. If you’re feeling crafty, go ahead an dress up the top with foam and fabric, which will give your shelf a nicer look and offer a soft place to put things like eggs, bread, and produce.