I keep the inside of my car very, very clean.
For one, I am so grateful to own a car. Keeping it clean is a way to show my gratitude.
Two, I live what I preach, and I use my car as a billboard. My car’s clean interior shows you too can live like this even with two kids and a dog. Plus, if a client looked into my car, and it’s a hot mess, do you think they would want to hire me? No.
To keep it clean, I created a system for my errands. I never put things in the trunk because I would forget them.
I put everything in the front seat — paperwork, dry cleaning, stuff for the tailor. That way, if I am driving by the dry cleaner or the tailor, I remember I need to stop there.
I do not shop, so I don’t have things to return, but this would be a good system for that.
When you put things in the trunk, they are out of sight and out of mind — just like putting things in the attic.
By putting things in the front seat, I remember what I need to do, and I am motivated to get them out of the car. And the rest of my car is CLEAN and clutter free.
My kids have learned the hard way we do not treat my car — something I spent a lot of money on — like a trash can. They have lost the privilege of eating in the car for a while after I found trash in the cup holders. When they do get their eating privileges back, they come with me to vacuum out the crumbs. They actually love that.
So let’s get out there and clean our cars. And let’s get grateful for our wheels. And, yes, I am available to organize your car.