Home Organization 101 Week 15: The Car

April 16, 2016

Home Organization Challenge

Welcome to the bonus week of the 2016 Home Organization 101 Challenge. Congratulations! You have finished the 14 week challenge and now you’re ready to finish it off with a clean car. Give your car the attention it needs this week.  Thank you for joining me this year on the challenge. I hope it has been a rewarding experience for you.


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If you are new to the challenge, look over the details then begin working at your own pace.  For encouragement, join our Home Organization 101 Facebook community and share your progress or struggles. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing. If you’re on Instagram, share your progress using the hashtag #2016abfolchallenge.  Don’t forget to print out the complete 14 week schedule and checklists below.

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For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as tons of pictures and tips that will help you organize your spaces each week. No need to log onto the computer for inspiration, this manual has it all!


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I keep my car as clutter free and clean as possible.  I vacuum & wash it weekly.  I spent a lot of money on it and want it to last a long time.  I don’t allow any food or drinks in the car.  No fast food fries here!  The kids will not starve if they don’t eat in the car.  By having a NO FOOD rule in our car, 75% of the mess has been eliminated.


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Gather 2 bins & a trash bag, one for each of the following.
  • Keep in car
  • Take in the house
  • Trash/Recycle
  • Sort through everything in the car.  Empty it completely.  Remove anything that doesn’t belong or isn’t necessary to have in the car.
  • Vacuum
  • Wipe down the inside of the car
  • Clean windows
  • Wash Outside of car
  • Take mats out and vacuum/shampoo

ORGANIZE: It’s time to go through everything in the bin. Categorize what you are keeping in the car.   Here are some organizing ideas.

  • Reusable Grocery Bags
  • Emergency Kit
  • Car Binder
  • Business Receipts
  • Kid Kit (If you have kids, you can keep car toys together in a bag/bin)


The 2016 Home Organization Challenge Instagram




Take a few days this week to clean out and organize your car. Purge as much as you can. Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #2016abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and  share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization 101 group here.  Happy Organizing!


9 comments on “Home Organization 101 Week 15: The Car

  1. John Storeys says:

    I’d never find a better time to clean my car than the spring cleaning period! Those pics are a joy for the eye of the OCD person!

  2. Wow! Simply wow… I’ve never given much thought to the topic. I try to keep our house clean and maintained at all times but the car is a while other world and leaving my husband to deal with it is not always the best idea 😀 Some great ideas here though, will definitely use some of them 🙂

  3. Kara says:

    What is that handy bag you are using to store your reusable bags? Where can I find one?

  4. Michael says:

    You have made a strooong case of organization 😉 Really good. Like your car expenses folder. I am always trying to keep it clean and refreshed, but something comes at first and so on and so on. Thank you for the article. Would try to improve it.

  5. Just looking at these pictures put me in a state of fine serenity and calm. Well done. Debbie

  6. Lavues says:

    These are really great tips! It surely made my car more organized like this!

  7. Maria says:

    Great tips.

  8. Hi!
    Love this post and thanks for the tips.

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