Declutter Car Trunk {15 Minute Mission}

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Today's mission is to declutter your car trunk, removing trash and items that don't belong so that you aren't carrying around excess items all the time.

Car Organization Challenge
This mission is designed to be done while working on the Car Organization Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

The steps for today's mission are pretty simple. Remove all of the items from your car's trunk or boot, or if you've got a van or SUV the storage area behind the back seats, and evaluate each item.

Throw trash away, put away in the house anything that should be there instead of in the trunk, and then only put back items into your trunk that actually should stay there, long term.

(These steps are quite similar to those we did yesterday when we got rid of car clutter from the interior of your vehicle.)

Only keep items in your trunk that you use consistently, or are important to have in case of an emergency.

To help you identify what you should consider keeping in your trunk I've created a list below to help you out.

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List Of Common Items To Store In Your Car's Trunk

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I don't actually think you should overfill your car's trunk. The point of the trunk, after all, is to help you haul things around that you need to transport, from luggage on trips, to groceries from your trips to the store.

If you've over filled your trunk with clutter and stuff you don't use regularly you can use it to haul this stuff around like you should, so that's why we're decluttering the car trunk in the first place!

But, on the other hand, your trunk is a great place to store some items that you do use frequently that make your life more convenient. In addition, it is important to carry some emergency supplies with you for when you or your passengers may need them.

As with almost all of life it is a balancing act trying to deal with these competing issues.

With that in mind here are some common items that people store in their trunks. This list is merely designed to help you identify what, in your trunk, should make the cut to get added back while you're working on this mission, or to even add a couple things if needed and desired to make life a bit easier for yourself in the future.

printable car emergency kit checklist
  • Car emergency kit supplies (use this printable checklist to read my full recommended list of what you should have in your car emergency kit

  • First aid kit (technically listed in the car emergency kit checklist but important enough to list separately here as well)

  • Donations (this is temporary, you shouldn't keep items you plan to donate in there long term, but I couldn't resist adding this, since we are decluttering 365 days a year! ;). Many people add the items they want to declutter straight to their trunk so it is immediately out of their house and when they pass by the donation center they can drop it off quickly.)

  • Stroller

  • Extra diaper bag supplies, like additional diapers, wipes, change of clothes for the kids, etc.

  • Chairs for watching participants at sports games (we keep these in our trunk during sports season, and then remove the rest of the year)

  • Umbrella and/or snow scraper (be prepared for the weather)

  • Reusable grocery bags for your regular grocery shopping, to replace plastic bags
Can you think of anything else you might normally keep in the trunk of your vehicle? If so, tell me in the comments below.

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Room For Storage In Clutter Free Trunk

So how's this mission going for you? I'd love to see your results, so once you've done this mission make sure to submit your photos here to show off your accomplishments. The best photos will be featured here on the site.

The photo above was submitted by a reader, Alla, who worked on this mission. She stated, "2 beach chairs and a pair of flip-flops. That's about it."

Great job Alla! I would love to see some emergency kit supplies somewhere in there car though, but overall you definitely have room in your trunk so it can fulfill it's purpose -- to help you haul stuff around temporarily, as needed.

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope seeing these pictures, and these instructions. have inspired you to get rid of car clutter in your trunk.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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Comments for Room For Storage In Clutter Free Trunk

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Trunk always full
by: Mary

Just had my vehicle detailed, so the trunk is empty. I am paranoid about my car trunk so I fill it with stuff. Anything and everything, so it is useless for anything. I feel that if someone tells me to get out of my car, and into the trunk I open it and tell them that we must first clean it out and while we are doing this I use my stun gun, pepper spray, whistle, scream, run. I have other weapons too, but everyone laughs about my trunk--except me.

more items to keep in trunk
by: Anonymous

Jumper cables just in case, umbrella, fold up snow shovel.

what I keep in my car boot
by: Lyn

I like to keep a bottle of water and a bottle of sunscreen in the car boot.

what I think should be in there
by: Anonymous

Beach blanket and chair
Laundry soap and fabric softener

by: Anonymous

A gallon of water, some snacks, sturdy shoes, emergency road kit.

Keep in car trunk
by: Anonymous

Ice chest - to put frozen foods and other grocery items that need to remain cold while in transit.

Water bottle.

One large plastic sheet (for new plants coming home from the nursery)

One large plastic bin to hold multiple grocery sacks from tipping over and the items scattering in trunk.

Usual stuff: Battery cables, a lantern, a jack and an old floor mat to kneel on if having to change a flat!

(First Aid kit is kept in glove compartment!)

by: Anonymous

Cat litter for winter months. Works wonders on ice if stuck.

Trunk Supplies
by: Cindy

In my box of emergency car supplies I keep a copy of a magazine titled, "Mind." That way I always know where to find my mind in case I fear I've lost it!

for your car trunk
by: Anonymous

Fix-A-Flat and Jumper Cables

Gym Rat
by: Anonymous

I like to store gym items (sneakers, extra workout clothes, sweatshirt, towel etc.) in my trunk so I can get a workout squeezed in when my days are the craziest.

Carry towels in the trunk
by: Anonymous

I live in Florida on the Gulf Coast and a common and helpful thing I always carry are towels. If not for sand and water they are very useful for wiping off red clay, a very messy but common road and parking lot nuisance.

Stuff in trunk
by: Face Painter

All of the above is good. I have a couple of blankets and extra jackets. You never know if you have to walk a ways in the winter. My Mom nearly froze to death in the 30's and stressed that to me. She also made me keep an extra $10 in my wallet for emergencys. I have carried that same 10 for 55 years.

by: Anonymous

Growing up we did not eat in our car, groceries were carried in the back seat so we could get to the spare if we needed to. For the most part I have raised my family that way. However I do use the back hatch area for groceries. My husband bought me weather tech mats for Christmas last year to protect it from spills. I vacuum the vehicle twice a year and empty the trash bag as needed. If we carry it to the vehicle when we leave the house we carry it back in when we return. Simple. Never need to declutter.

Items to store in vehicle/not only trunk
by: Kim

Sunshade, trash bin, napkins in the console. pencil. I like the umbrella idea. Hadn't thought of that one.

What to keep in your trunk
by: Anonymous

I'm physically handicapped from a rare, degenerate, progressive, and incurable disease called Stiff Person Syndrome with parkinsonism. I carry AAA and have this app on my cell phone. My desiel mechanic told me not to use jumper cables because if the are used incorrectly it could blow your vehicle up. I keep a blanket, flares, a sign that I can put in my window that I need help, rain poncho which I can wear to help me stay warm, flashlight, something to knock the snow from my exhaust pipe. Since I would probably stay in my car, I would keep my window cracked. I don't want to be overcome by carbon dioxide. I would make sure that I fill my gas tank when it reaches 1/2 full/empty. Run my car only to warm it up. If I know that the weather is going to become bad, I'll stay home rather than risk my life. I don't have much trunk space because I drive a VW Desiel Beetle.

Extra items in car trunk
by: Marialice

In the summer I keep an extra tee shirt, pair of flip flops and sneakers. In the winter a polar fleece, gloves, hat, and scarf.

coupons in plastic bag
by: Anonymous

I still use paper coupons for fast food discounts. I have a special plastic bag with the coupons stored in it. I keep it in the trunk as it helps to 'think' about stopping for fast food and that saves me money. Also, it does not stay neat and tidy if I have it in the car interior.

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