How’s your car boot looking at the moment? For most people, the answer is probably not great
Everyday life is far too busy to give your car boot much thought. You dump the shopping in it and take it out when you get home. Add in a few abandoned bags for life, empty drinks bottles and that tyre pump, and it’s job done.
Let’s face it, most car boots are neglected until they’re too far gone. We only address the boot situation when we’re trying to play Tetris with holiday suitcases or looking to sell our cars. After years of neglect, your car boot could take a lot of hard work to sort and get it back to its best. Plus, having an organised boot makes your car safer, as well as making sure you’re actually using this space effectively.
See, it’s more important than you first thought. Forewarned is forearmed and time is precious, so read our guide to sprucing up that boot quickly and efficiently. If you don’t, it can come back to bite you later.
Ok, deep breath, we’re going in…good grief! Right, well first of all, you need to get that sorry sight emptied. It’s the only way you’ll remember exactly how big your boot is.
You may well need to keep some of the items in there, but for now put them to one side. And sorry, we know how much that empty packet of crisps from 2019 means to you, but it’s time to let it go.
Now that boot is empty, it’s the ideal time to clean it properly. This may well be the first deep clean it’s had in years, if ever. So, let’s be thorough. Here are the most likely issues you’ll find and how to tackle them.
- Everyday grime – use a lint-free cloth with lukewarm water and let the boot air dry. Simple.
- Excessive dirt – wipe clean with a wet cloth and use cleaning products if need be, but check the instructions first. Some products could make matters worse. When wiped, let your boot dry.
- Pet hair – this can be a real pain, especially if you have a sorry-not-sorry shedder. Those dog hairs get everywhere and are so hard to remove. Use a dustpan and brush or vacuum cleaner and then a damp cloth to wipe away stains.
- Moisture – if you’re guilty of throwing wet swimming gear in the boot, you may have ended up with a damp boot. Use a dry cloth to soak up moisture.
Make a list of essentials
Have a think about those 24/7, 365 boot essentials – things for safety and convenience. We’d suggest you consider:
- Breakdown kit
- Shopping bags
- First aid kit
- Weather-related items
- Dog bed
You may have your own ideas but use common sense. For example, if you live in the UK, do you really need a snow shovel in your boot all-year round? Probably not.
Think about space
No, we don’t mean it’s time to consider your place in the universe. We mean utilising your space around your essential boot items. For example, your breakdown kit will probably fit under the boot, by the spare tyre.
One handy hint is to pack smaller items into boxes to keep things looking tidier. If you label said boxes, you know where things are if you need them in a hurry. Like that umbrella that you couldn’t find last time you went to a music festival and it poured.
You can buy boxes and organisation racks specifically for car boots, which look smart and keep things nice and ordered. Stick them on back seats and you suddenly have lots of extra storage space for smaller items.
Put items back in carefully
Some stuff does need to go back in your boot, there’s no getting around it. But do it differently this time. Don’t just cram everything in again. Place things back carefully and make it look as tidy as possible.
Finally, take a step back and look at what you’ve achieved. The car boot you didn’t think you needed but now you can’t imagine doing without. It was worth doing after all. Now, about the state of your garage…
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