Quick Organizing Tip: Create A Car Cleaning Kit
The weather, dare I say it, seems to have finally turned to spring here in Iowa. The sun is shining, plants are blooming and it was in the 70s over the weekend. After a long winter, it’s always a nice feeling to shake off the dirt and grime and go into the warmer seasons with things feeling clean and new again.
We often think of spring cleaning as something to do to our houses, but how about our cars? I’m not a crazy car lover who washes and waxes her car, so the automatic car wash is sufficient for keeping my car’s exterior clean. But how about the interior? I know mine is super dusty and could use some TLC.
I feel like my car’s interior never gets any cleaning attention, and it’s mostly because I don’t keep the cleaning supplies handy. A car is a small space, so it really shouldn’t take a ton of time to at least dust things off and give it a quick vacuum. Whenever I find myself putting off a project or failing at something, I spend some time getting organized and setting things up to make it easier to complete. And that’s exactly what I did to make cleaning my car more convenient.
When it comes to cleaning, I highly recommend organizing your supplies so they are stored together near the place you use them. For example, I store all of the bathroom cleaners in a caddy under our bathroom sink and I keep all of the kitchen cleaning supplies in the kitchen. While I’ve organized cleaning supplies fairly well for the different areas of our home, I have never intentionally organized cleaning supplies for our car. So I set out to create a car cleaning kit.
To create my car cleaning kit, I first gathered up all of the supplies. This alone was a good step in getting more organized. I had some protectant wipes and a few odd towels rolling around in the trunk of our car while they rest of the supplies were scattered in several closets throughout our house. Not very handy, that’s for sure.
After gathering up the supplies I had on hand, I picked up a few things at the store to fill in the gaps so I had everything I needed.
Here’s what I ended up including in my car cleaning kit (this list contains affiliate links for your convenience – see my disclosures):
- Auto protectant wipes
- Auto protectant spray
- Cleaning wipes
- Shout auto multi-purpose cleaner
- Window cleaner
- Lint roller
- Screen cleaning wipes
- Air fresheners
- Micro-fiber towels
There are many other things you could include in your kit. I stuck with the basics for the interior of our car, but I’m sure there are a ton of other products out there that you might want to include. If you like to wash and wax your car, you might consider including those items in your kit or making a separate container for them.
Once I had everything rounded up, I needed to find a container for them. At first I was thinking of putting them in a cleaning caddy with a handle, thinking that would be handy for carrying out to the car. But a caddy wouldn’t travel well if I wanted to store it in the trunk and it wouldn’t be able to be stacked in a closet in the house either, so I ultimately decided that a plastic container with a lid would be best since these aren’t supplies I use super often.
I had a container on hand that was the perfect size for my supplies, so I loaded it with my car cleaning supplies and labeled it with vinyl lettering.
Now that everything is organized, I’m much more likely to clean my car. I love creating simple cleaning kits like this because they make it super convenient to tackle a cleaning project. This car cleaning kit keeps everything neatly organized in one place, and it’s easy to store.
I’ve decided to store mine in our hallway closet where I keep some of our general home maintenance items. It’s out of the way there while still being handy whenever I want to give our car a little refresh. You could also store it in your garage or in the trunk of your car. I usually use the vacuums at the car wash to vacuum out the interior of our car, so from now on I’ll probably take this kit to the car wash with me so I can clean the entire interior while I’m at it.
How often do you clean your car? Any tips I should know?
P.S. My friend Megan from The Homes I Have Made recently shared her tips for organizing bathroom cleaning supplies. She is the queen of labeling, and her color-coordinated labels do not let down. Go check out her post for more inspiration on organizing cleaning supplies!
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