How to keep your car tidy all the time

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cars are prime candidates for the kind of messiness that many of us would never put up with in our living rooms. Establishing a few good habits here will help you keep your car tidy most of the time, and you’ll enjoy being in it more.


To keep your car tidy – don’t eat in it

Firstly, if you can, make it a rule not to eat inside your car. Get out if possible to eat that sandwich, and you’ll be breathing some fresh air at the same time. Encourage your children not to either, and you’ll nip half your rubbish problems in the bud as well. In a lifespan of nine years, the average family car accumulates 4kg of food debris. Yuck! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to sit in all that decaying food whilst I’m on my way somewhere. If you do eat in your car, then leave some anti-bacterial hand wipes in it, to wipe sticky fingers afterwards, and finish off by just wiping down the steering wheel and gear lever whilst your there. That way, at least you’ll get some sort of good knock on effect.


To keep your car tidy – ditch the excess baggage

Secondly, remove as much as you can that’s non-essential from your car. Clear out the boot, and get rid of all that stuff that’s stowing away with you, unless you really need it for most journeys. If you must have some things in there, buy some organising back seat pockets or boxes to keep thing from rattling all over the car. Doing this will save you about 10% in petrol overall, and it’s worth it for that alone, but there is another good knock on effect. If you habitually keep your car tidy then when you do accumulate debris, such as wrapping and old parking tickets, you’ll ‘see’ it much more easily.


To keep your car tidy – take rubbish with you

And then it will be easier to implement my third tip, which is to make a point of carrying your rubbish with you when you take your shopping or coat or bag out of the car when you get home. If your wheelie bin is on your drive then it’s easy to drop the rubbish straight into it on your way to your front door. That way it never builds up, and you get the good visual reinforcement of a tidy car every time you get in it.


To keep your car tidy – leave things ready to go

Making these three habits automatic is the key to keeping your car tidy without any thought or effort. It’ll feel like the only ‘right’ way for it to be. Don’t forget to replace maps in their seat pockets, fold car rugs and replenish things like de-icer and water. That way you’ll always feel ready to go.

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Antony Brand commented on 22-Apr-2017 04:31 PM
I use a big bib made from a piece of large cloth with the two adjacent corners tied together. I wear it over my head and shake it out outside afterwards. For me getting out of the car to eat is not a practical option, especially in the rain! The idea of antibacterial wipes for hands, gear lever and steering wheel is a really good one.

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