Today we’re tackling the car — especially that stuff hidden in your trunk.
According to the folks at CarTalk.com, every 100 pounds in the trunk reduces your fuel economy by one to two percent. So by decluttering, you’re helping the environment and saving a few bucks along the way.
Start by throwing out trash. Then, remove anything you don’t need while you’re driving: beach chairs, items for Goodwill, random tools, unused baby gear, toys, shoes, clothes. When you’ve got the trunk and the backseat sorted out, check the glovebox to be sure sure your registration and current insurance card is there. Put them in a special folder or bright envelope so you’re not a hot mess trying to find them if you get pulled over.
Finally, add the roadside emergency items you might need. Insurance company State Farm says only 5 percent of us have the stuff we ought to in our cars. Check out their tips for assembling an emergency roadside kit.
Feel like you deserve a reward after all that work? Take your newly decluttered car to be washed and detailed. Make sure they add that new car smell, so you can feel like you just drove it off the dealership lot.
**Need motivation? Visit our Facebook page. Our community of fellow declutterers can help you decide to what to keep and what to ditch. **