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.
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.)
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.
Here's one photo sent in by a reader, showing what she stores in her trunk. Charlene said, "I keep my trunk like this pretty much all the time. I got the storage container last Christmas. It has my reusable grocery bags, grocery cart cover, emergency items, and blanket. I keep the umbrella stroller because you never know when you'll need it."
Before & After Photos From Readers Who've Already Done This Mission
Here are a couple photos sent in by readers who've already done this mission, to get you inspired to work on this task yourself.
The before and after photos above were sent in by a reader, Karen, when she sorted her car's boot.
These photos were sent in by another reader, Brandy. She explained of the after photo, "Those mats are my winter ones. My summer ones are still in the car. Once fall gets here I clean my car and switch the mats."
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?
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.
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!