This entry will be about something we haven’t touched on yet – C.R.U.D. in your car. As you may already know, C.R.U.D. stands for Completely Ridiculous & Useless Debris. Our purpose has always been to expose the possessions least deserving of residence in your home and supply some alternate scenarios for their futures, hopefully outside of the confines of your domicile. Removing said items from your home and transferring them to your vehicle for indefinite periods does not qualify as a long-term solution for an overcrowded home.
No client has ever called us to specifically de-clutter their car, but we get many requests for help with garages. This is what we have observed; if the client is unable to park their car in their garage because it resembles a cross between a municipal recycling depot and an unattended parking lot for scooters, doll carriages and plastic tri-cycles, then it’s quite likely the car is also burdened with excess stuff. One woman, whose wardrobe outgrew the house’s closet capabilities, installed a bar above her back seat to hang coats and dresses. While that may sound extreme, one peek inside your trunk will reveal more than the requisite snow scraper, spare tire and jack. Here is a partial list of what you are probable to find:
1. A large bag of clothes destined for a charity clothing bin or church clothing drive. Even though it may be the largest single object you are carrying around, it can remain invisible for months, only to be discovered when you need the trunk space to pick up some piece of furniture you bought on Craig’s List, or you need to transport an X-mas tree home.
2. Did you ever have this experience? You go food shopping and head immediately home with the groceries. After you have finished unpacking, you realize that some things are missing. You second-guess yourself and conclude that maybe you did not actually purchase those items, even though they were on your list. Weeks later, when you’re driving, you hear something rolling around in the back. When you investigate you determine that the noise is in fact the very can of crushed tomatoes you thought you had left behind in the store. It had rolled itself out of the bag and under the driver’s seat.
3. Cars today have all kinds of flaps and compartments for storing media, sunglasses, change, and yes, gloves. So many choices present mixed blessings. It is hard to remember which section holds the mileage log or the phone charger or the travel mugs. Worst of all are all the little pieces of paper like gas or parking receipts that could net you re-imbursement from the company, if they could ever be located.
4. The next time you try to convince yourself that you have nothing to wear, check out the nether regions of your auto for a long-missing outfit. Jackets, rainwear and bathing suits are the most commonly found articles, but don’t stop there. Further exploration may dredge up a mislaid flip-flop. An opaque plastic bag may contain workout wear desperately in need of a wash, even if you already given up and replaced it. You could also uncover dry cleaning you picked up but neglected to bring into the house.
5. Are you one of those people who require a minimum of three slams to close the door on the glove compartment? An empty or near empty glove compartment never needs force. The ones filled with expired registration and insurance documents, fistfuls of napkins from fast food establishments, unpaid parking tickets, badly folded maps and unwanted flyers place on the windshield, definitely do.
The list we provided was designed to merely whet your appetite for de-cluttering. Working on the interior of your car may cost you a chunk of time equivalent to deleting 6 months worth of email from your computer, but it is definitely worth the effort. Once you have retrieved the collection of empty soda cans, pens and lip balms that slipped beneath the seats, and disposed of the remains of last summer’s picnics and the cards you forgot to mail, you will find you have room for passengers.