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Taking Care of Your Car’s Interior this Summer

Last updated on September 16, 2019 at 10:13 am

Summer is in full swing, and whether you’re planning a long out-of-state road trip or a weekend adventure at the beach, it’s time to get organized with these tips to prepare your car’s interior for the summer. Just like your home, your car needs to be dug out of the mess of a long winter and prepped for another summer of fun! Between your children’s toys piled on the floor, empty water bottles tucked behind the passenger seat and the mess of old receipts crammed in the center console, we wonder if you’d be able to find your loose change for the parking meter when the time came.

Well, it’s time to declutter and deodorize that family motor … the Plymouth Rock way! Everything has its place — you just need to know where to find it. These time, space and summer-saving tips will help get your car ready:

It’s all about the DETAILS.
You can’t organize your vehicle on top of a mess; this would be like putting on a suit before taking a shower! So our first tip is CLEAN YOUR CAR! Take everything that isn’t attached to your vehicle out of the car. Get rid of the trash, return the toys to the toy chest and put everything back where it belongs.

Once you’ve removed everything except your emergency kit, give the inside a once-over with the vacuum and wipe down the dash with a damp rag. If budget permits, take your car for a detailing: a full interior vacuuming, shampooing and makeover. And here’s a tip: your local car wash should have a car wash club or coupon directly on their website. All in all, this should cost you anywhere from $50 to $100, but your car and passengers will reap the benefits.

You CAN do it.
If you’re a dog owner — or a parent — you know that on any given day between the seats is a collection of mud, hair and what could only be described as choco-lolli-gross. One of the best ways to keep your car organized is by keeping your garbage organized! By simply adding a portable trash can to your battle zone, you can help stem the tide against candy wrappers, napkins, tissues and more.

BIN there.
Books, work, electronics and clothes … at some point, everything finds its way into your car. It’s time you have a place to contain the inevitable. Pay a visit to your local store or search online for a space-saving bin to reduce that car clutter. Any good car container should have a spot for an umbrella, sunglasses and the wrapped-up cords for your chargers and GPS system.

It’s in the BAG.
Before you leave for a vacation, you would pack a suitcase. Well, this summer we here at Plymouth Rock recommend keeping a bag filled with all your summertime essentials in your car. In every summer duffel bag, we recommend packing an extra bathing suit, a towel, flip-flops, a change of clothes and a few small entertainment items like books and toys. Now you’re fully prepared for the sudden beach day or lost sandal. With a place to stow your supplies, it’ll be easier to keep a chaos-free car.

Keep it SIMPLE.
When all else fails, simplify. You can do this by reducing what you keep in your car and finding clutter-free alternatives. Instead of keeping a cupholder full of change, pay for tolls using an E-ZPass. Replace those old CDs by making a playlist before leaving the house, or join a streaming music or audiobook service. Less clutter means fewer distractions, which means a safer summer!

How are you sorting out your car for the summer? Post your tips below in the comments section.

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