When I had a corporate job with lots of travel, I was pretty good at keeping my car clean and organised. Just before a week on the road, I’d wash, vacuum and tidy my car. Having an immaculately clean, fresh smelling car helped raise my energy and make a long trip so much more enjoyable. Plus knowing I had everything I needed would give me the confidence to cope with most eventualities.
These days I do far less travel away from home and as a result I’ve got a bit sloppy with the cleanliness of my car. Living in the countryside, my car is often coated in mud during the winter and so it just seemed easier to put up with a muddy car. However the other day, I offered to give one of my most stylish friends a lift. This friend is super organised and always looks poised and polished and I knew I couldn’t pick her up in my filthy car. She wears beautiful clothes and I didn’t want her getting them dirty as she got in and out of my car.
I decided to treat myself to mini valet at my local garage. To make it easy for the guys working there, I emptied the car out before I took it in. When I returned home, I decided to thoroughly evaluate what I needed to keep in the boot and internal storage areas such as the glove box and door pockets.
I decided to create my definitive car contents checklist including everyday travel essentials and extras for seasonal driving and long trips. If you’re interested, my list is below. There’s also a blank list in case you want to create your own checklist. For example, if you have young children or dogs, your checklist may be slightly different.
With my car spic and span, I went to collect my friend and I noticed how much more confident I felt with my car clean and fresh. It made me realise that every little positive change we can make adds up. It’s cumulative so sorting out the dripping tap, dealing with the tax query and getting your favourite dress dry cleaned helps create a positive forward momentum. It seems contrary that a clean, tidy car could be a catalyst for feeling great.