Friday 23 August 2019

A ten-point plan to declutter your car

Is your car disappearing under the weight of all the family clutter? We have some handy tips on how to declutter your car and turn it into a truly functional space, writes Geraldine Herbert

'Clean the dashboard, armrests and steering wheel with wipes' (stock photo)
'Clean the dashboard, armrests and steering wheel with wipes' (stock photo)

Clean: The first thing to do is clear out all rubbish, so 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 material for disposal or recycling.


Clean the dashboard, armrests and steering wheel with wipes. You can buy wipes specifically designed for car interiors but you don't need a speciality product, as regular baby wipes are also effective.

Floor Mats

Remove, shake out and vacuum the floor mats. Treat spills and stains with a carpet cleaner; they are usually simple to apply and you just wipe away with a damp cloth. Before you slip the mats back in, try sprinkling with baking soda overnight and vacuuming the next morning, as this will get rid of any lingering odours.

Door Pockets

Transform the door pockets from a space for empty wrappers and plastic bottles to a useful one. Fill an empty cleaning-wipes tube with plastic shopping bags for rubbish or wet umbrellas and store it in the door pocket.

Glove Compartment

Your glove compartment should contain essential items such as insurance and registration documents, roadside assistance information; a pen and small notepad is also a handy addition.


An organiser attached to the passenger-side visor or driver's side means you can store sunglasses, phone or receipts easily. Amazon and eBay stock a wide range.

Cup holders

To avoid cup holders becoming sticky, pop in a couple silicone cupcake liners to keep them clean. You can usually source these from a baking supplies shop or anywhere that sells bakeware and they come in a variety of sizes and colours. Keep loose change in a small empty jar and store it in your centre console.

Back Seats

Toys, food wrappers and items of clothing can all add to the clutter in the rear of the car, so utilise the back of the front seat with an hanging organiser for storing books, games, or whatever your little ones need in the car. You can also make use of a shoe organiser, as the pockets are the ideal fit for toys or snacks.


The boot is a handy storage space for essentials such as a first-aid kit. A boot organiser is also worth investing in for those 'just-in-case' items.


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 of our cars.

Sunday Independent

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