Grab a bag for trash and a box or tote for items that you want to bring into your home. Set the timer and put on some music (which will get you to move faster than if you listened to a podcast).
Start at the front seat and quickly grab and trash. Move to the back seat(s) and then the trunk. Trash is fast food wrappers, crumpled receipts, pen caps, cough drop wrappers, rogue Cheerios.
Now, while you’re in the trunk, pull out anything that you’ve been storing even though the trunk of your car isn’t the things “home.” A bottle of windshield washer fluid and emergency supplies … that stuff belongs there. Your beach tote (when it’s nowhere near beach weather) or other stuff that you’ve been ignoring, should go into the box.
Scope out the back seat and front seat for other things that should go into the house. Don’t forget to check through any compartments for CDs or travel guides that belong someplace else (including the recycling bin).
Toss the trash. Put away any items that belong in the house during your end of day 10-minute tidy-up.
Today’s task hasn’t been about dusting or vacuuming the interior … or washing the exterior. If you have the time, you can do those tasks; but, you were focused on decluttering things that didn’t belong in the car.
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Only if this task doesn’t apply to you … use your 15-minutes of decluttering to get rid of five emails (in your inbox or that you archived).
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.