How to Take Back Control from a Messy Car

How to Take Back Control from a Messy Car

If you've been dealing with a messy car, chances are you feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed. These feelings are quite normal when it comes to facing your car. Fortunately, if you're tired of looking at your vehicle and feeling upset, there are several things you can do to take back control from your messy vehicle and start enjoying a more calming, relaxing space. Here's what you need to know.

Keep a Clean, Organized Garage

There’s a well-known home organizing tip about making your bed every day: when your bed is always made, it brings attention to the rest of the mess in your bedroom and helps inspire you to pick up, thereby creating a uniformly tidy bedroom. The same principle applies to keeping your car clean. When you have a dirty and/or messy garage, a messy car fits right in. But when you keep your garage clean and well organized, the messy car is likely to bother you more because it no longer fits in, and you’ll be more motivated to keep it clean.


Garage organizational equipment is a lifesaver for keeping a tidy garage. For example, shelving can go a long way in keeping your garage looking clean and usable. You may also find that installing a tool bench can help improve the organization of your garage, as well as create a designated space for working on your projects. Ceiling storage racks are also incredibly popular for maximizing storage space in a garage and keeping your things off the floor. These are simple to purchase, install, and utilize, and will go a long way toward reminding you to keep both your car and garage in good order.

Organize Your Vehicle

If you can organize your garage, why stop there? If you must keep belongings in your vehicle, whether it be for work, school, or sports, car organizers can help you keep these items from overrunning your whole ride. A trunk organizer can hold items separately, which makes it easy to find books, tools, or other items you need on a regular basis. If you’re on the road often or have kids, another way to keep the mess under control is by using a car trash can. Don’t just stuff your wrappers in the car’s door pockets. You can buy a small trash collector specifically designed for cars, or you can even DIY one from a cereal container!

Get Your Car Professionally Deep Cleaned

Did you know that having your car deep cleaned or detailed can be incredibly beneficial? Regular cleaning can help minimize clutter, of course, but a deep cleaning can show you just how many random belongings may be lurking in your car. Whether you choose to clean your vehicle yourself with the right products or have a professional do the job for you, keep in mind that a deep cleaning will almost always cost you time or money, whichever you’re more willing to pay. Deep cleaning will also show you exactly what's been hiding under the seats and in your trunk, so be prepared to be surprised! After you have your vehicle cleaned, take the steps necessary to keep it as clean as possible. This will help you to feel more relaxed and at ease when you're using your vehicle.


Whether you drive a minivan, an SUV, or a sedan, it's important that you take the best possible care of your car. When you take the time to do quick but frequent cleanups, it reduces the amount of time you have to spend later on deep-cleaning. Reducing clutter and getting organized will make an incredible difference in your life, but it's up to you to get started.

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