Except for those moments when you are stuck in traffic, and your eyes gaze at little bits of dust here and there when, whenever I see those, I take my time cleaning it as soon as possible – think hours, not days.
Do not imagine I lose my mind if there is a spot of dirt on my car, especially in the winter, as I have figured out that it must not stress because of things that are beyond my control. However, there was a thing that was supposed to be entirely under my control, and I had it slip through my fingers. It is the trunk where I have shamefully hoarded things.
As usual, I just needed a bit of a nudge to get my gears moving, but I decided to clean it. The process involved taking everything out and splitting it into three bags.
Sounds easy, right? Well, if you are also a hoarder with your vehicle, you know what I am writing about. It took me two hours to sort through everything in the trunk, clean out the pockets of the doors, and organize the glove compartment. The latter was neat in comparison to what I had left in my vehicle's trunk and the door pockets.
Once I sorted everything, it was time to vacuum the trunk, along with the rest of my vehicle's interior. That took just a couple of minutes, and then I was back to sorting what I decided to keep inside my car. Most of the things I kept were stowed in a trunk organizer. The latter is an item that I am not sure whether I would recommend.
For example, mine has three compartments, and I used elastic straps to make it stay put using the factory-installed hooks in my trunk. The goal was to stop having things move around in my trunk. Mission completed, but it was a double-edged sword because I ended up having too many things in it.
As a result, I had a collection of replacement light bulbs, replacement fuses (I never used those, but I keep buying them), and even two first aid kits. While I hope I never have to use the latter, I managed to sort everything to a reasonable outcome.
I forgot I had light bulbs, so I just bought another pair whenever one was burned out. Since that happens less often than once a year, it was easy to forget I had them.
Second, if you do use a trunk organizer, check its contents at least once a year. Make sure you have what you need in an emergency, inspect your fire extinguisher to be sure it is still valid (they expire), and never let your stuff pile up in those organizer boxes past the top edge of the box. It is that simple.
The best part of all the work was that I got to enjoy more space in the trunk, and opening the trunk was a refreshing venture, instead of the usual "where am I going to put this bag" predicament. It was a cathartic process, and I am sorry I postponed cleaning my trunk for so long. Learn from my story and do better.