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My car is a disaster.<br><br>
It's a 2 door Bug, so it's small. This is good, because all it seems to do is collect clutter. Well, that's not true. It's not the Bug's fault. All I seem to be ABLE to do in it is collect clutter.<br><br>
I'm a musician, and I work between an office that is incredibly inefficient and uncomfortable (so I only really use it as storage space) and home, so my car collects all the little debris of lunch meetings and then errands that I never do (like my 2 months overdue library books <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">). You can no longer sit in the passenger seat and the back seat foot area is almost full too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I need an organizational system to keep this black hole from forming. I'll clean it out and then BAM, I get busy and in a week it's back to the way it was. My problem is that I'm soooooo rushed whenever I go in and out of the car, I just never get around to cleaning it out until I have to transport someone (and then the passenger crap just gets thrown in the back seat). It gets completely cleaned out maybe once every couple of months or so.<br><br>
Some of this is trash, but the good portion of it is books, sheet music, and memos.<br><br>
Help!
 

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I know you're looking for a magic solution, but I don't know if there is one.<br><br>
The best way to keep my vehicle clean is to make sure it's clean EVERY time we come home. I always remind my kids to pick up any sweatshirts, papers, toys, backpacks, trash, etc. that they might have with them. And then I look around and bring in everything sitting around the car. Sometimes I need to go back and take two or three trips to get everything. But if I don't do this daily, it turns into a pit and then I'm unhappy. But as long as I keep it up and make it a routine to clean it up every time, then it stays in good condition.
 

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hmmmm, my first suggestion would be to buy an organizer that would fit in your front passenger floor board. i'm thinking some kind of plastic/woven square/rectangular thing that you can subdivide with smaller baskets/boxes. e.g. with what you are describing, i'd get something like a magazine organizer (or that size/shape) for the sheet music, maybe something similar for the memos, a container for miscellaneous stuff, a container for trash, and then in whatever space is left, put the books (take the current ones back to the library NOW! this is for future books only! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). these would be topless containers that you could immediately toss stuff into, and ideally the big container would have handles so you could easily move it to another area of the car. and i agree with a PP on the clean it out as soon as you get home, or at least once per week. that way, the clutter's clear and you can stop paying overdue fines at the library!
 

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I got the library books back! Yay!<br><br>
Today's afternoon project is to get a bin from the basement to put in the car, and scrounge up some old drawer dividers from college to make the organizer thing.<br><br>
Then, I'm cleaning out the car. Hopefully the bin idea can work in the long run. That would be great. Thanks for the ideas, ladies!
 

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Bumping this because I'm cleaning out our car at the moment! I took a bag and brought ALL of the paperwork inside and am going to sort it on the table. I will be sure to put it back right away because I don't want to get caught w/out insurance etc in the car.<br><br>
I'm doing this because last month I was in a wreck and on top of being frazzled from the wreck, I had to dig through expired insurance cards to find the valid one. Also, extra clutter in your car can weigh it down and decrease your gas efficiency. Go declutter your car!!!
 

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I second the organizer thing. I have one in my car and I love it! My car used to be a pit as well. I found a lamp in it once that I had not been able to find for about 6 months. DH freaked out. "You found a LAMP??" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I agree that the only way is to make sure that it is tidied EVERY day when you are getting out of your car for the last time. It couldnt build up that much in one day, but two or three or four days, then you wont have time for that kind of buildup. If you go out to eat and have the leftover garbage in your car, just get out wherever you are parked and put it into a garbage can right after you eat. some places even have drive through trash cans! I think that the key here is to just make up your mind that you refuse to have a messy car.
 
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