The Secret to Organizing Your Car in 5 Minutes


These days, we spend so much time inside of our car. Are you organized in your auto? Why not make it an orderly spot that will create a relaxing experience.

Take 5 minutes, the next time you stop for gas, to clean out your car. Dispose of trash. Move loose items to the trunk. Clean out the cup holders and all those other little compartments that collect things. How about the glove compartment? I bet it’s full of stuff you don’t need. Read Organizing Your Car and Cargo.

If you have a few more minutes, pull over to the vacuum cleaners, if your gas station has them. In addition, give your carpet a once-over so it’s free of debris.

What do you need to keep your vehicle this way? A trash can for your car. I like this one. A place to store a phone charger or sun glasses. Consider what you need within reach as you travel down the road and assign homes it each item. My list includes gum, sun glasses and hand lotion.

Therefore, if items have a home you will know where to find them and they won’t get lost if you practice putting them away after each use.

These days, we spend so much time inside of our car. Are you organized in your auto? Why not make it an orderly spot that will create a relaxing experience. Click To Tweet

Above all, an organized car will help ensure happy travels.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Douglas Lake on September 5, 2017 at 8:43 am

    This is great tips! Thanks for sharing

  2. William Medina on October 2, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Such an amazing post. Thank you so much for sharing this post with us, It’s great 🙂

    • Janet Schiesl on October 2, 2018 at 6:30 am

      Thanks William. The car is a great, quick organizing project and can make a big difference.

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  4. Janet Barclay on June 8, 2020 at 6:40 am

    I don’t spend enough time in my car for it to get disorganized, but I do have a habit of leaving things like car wash coupons, printed directions, etc. in the side pocket long after they’re needed (or expired). Thanks for the reminder!

    • Janet Schiesl on June 8, 2020 at 7:47 pm

      I spend A LOT of time in my car, but try to take everything in with me when I get home every time I use the car. I even trained my kids to do this.

  5. Seana Turner on June 8, 2020 at 9:03 am

    I think my glove box could use a thorough clean out. I haven’t been in my car much over the past few months, but now things are picking up. My new thing is to make sure I have a mask always in my car so I never get stuck out and about without one!

    • Janet Schiesl on June 8, 2020 at 7:49 pm

      Yes, just another thing to keep track of. I try to keep a couple of clean masks in my car, so I’m never without one.

  6. Diane Quintana on June 8, 2020 at 9:17 am

    This is great, Janet! Like Seana, my new thing is keeping a mask in my car. I have a small storage spot between the front seats where I keep an extra mask – just in case.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 8, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      I hang a few clean mask from a hook in my car. in case I forget to bring one with me.

  7. LISA GESSERT on June 8, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Love. it! The forgotten Car!!

  8. Linda Samuels on June 8, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I’ve been spending a lot less time in my car due to the pandemic. But even so, I like to keep it clean and organized inside. I’ve added a new category of items that include extra masks, gloves, wipes, and hand sanitizers, so I’m always “outing-ready.” Any trash that’s generated gets removed daily.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 8, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      I’ve started carrying a container with all this stuff too. Don’t want to be out and forget.

  9. Sabrina Quairoli on June 8, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    The trash can is so important in our cars. Each car has one. And, we have 4 cars. It really does keep things neat. Thanks for sharing!

    • Janet Schiesl on June 8, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      I agree. A trash can is a very important to keep your car clean.

  10. Lucy Kelly on June 8, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Finally cleared all the winter coats and boots out of my car this past weekend! Here in Colorado, we’re never really that far away from a surprise snowstorm…

    • Janet Schiesl on June 8, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      Wow. It’s finally summer for you. It doesn’t snow enough here to keep coats and boots in the car.

  11. Gina Weatherup on June 9, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Any tips on how to help your kids remember to take all their stuff out of your car, too? My youngest has a habit of bringing a book with her – which is lovely – but I wind up with 5+ books floating around the backseat!

    • Janet Schiesl on June 9, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      When my kids used to ask to bring something with them in the car I would say, yes as long as you bring it back in the house when we get home. Then you have to remind them, over and over and over.

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