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Keeping Your Truck Clean & Organized

Updated on January 19, 2011

Do you ever find yourself getting behind with cleaning your cab. You live there, you work there, you eat there, and you drive entirely too many hours every day. Keeping it clean can seem impossible.

The trick is to get organized. Finding a place for everything in your cab is half the battle. These organizers from Amazon.com (or something similar) can help keep your cab cleaner every day, not to mention keep you on top of things for DOT inspections or tax time.

Tour The Inside of a Big Truck

Making the Most of a Tiny Space

I almost started counting the times the guy in this video said "a little mini" something or another. Drivers live in their trucks, sometimes for months at a time. There isn't a lot of space and one of the reasons the inside of the cabs get as dirty and cluttered as they do is that there is more "stuff" than room.

Here are some ideas for keeping your truck cleaner and better organized. You can find similar items in most truck stops, but not always at as good a price. I prefer Amazon or Walmart for shopping when I can.

#1is a "Global Organizer" You can see it here filled with tools. I really like this because half th time my tools end up in some corner of the side box where that extra half gallon of oil spilled. Either that or under my driver's seat if I've used it recently. This organizer would really help keep the tools where I could find them. #7is a great idea too. I don't carry jewelry in the truck with me, but the pockets are just right for fuses, nuts, bolts, etc. All those other little items that always seem to find the oil filled corners of the side box could be hanging neatly in my closet.

#2-3are seat organizers. Now these you can find in most truck stops, just a denim one and usually $20-30 when I've looked at them. I like the one with the mesh holders because you could put damp items... hats, gloves, etc in them and they would dry out better. The other one is a media organizer. You can keep CD's, videos, cassettes all on the seat instead of cluttering up your dash. I don't know what it is about my dash and clutter, but it always seems to go there. #6would be good with the CD's too. The visor holders can scratch them up a little, but it's still better than all over the dash, or worse getting dropped between your bunk and the closet!

#4 or #5 also looks useful for the kind of clutter that migrates to the dash or to the nightstand in the bunk.

#8is really more for personal organization. A calendar or planner is a good way to keep track of where you are each day. This is getting more important as electronic logs are replacing paper logs, and you want to have something to show the IRS if they question your per diem exemption. A planner is a good alternative to the log book. Just write down where you start or end your day each day, plus any expenses you want to keep track of. If you get a planner that zips or snaps shut, you could even use it to keep your receipts organized. Of course, if you have a lot of receipts, or need to keep track of bills or other trip papers you might prefer something like #9 which is a sturdy, waterproof expanding file.

#10 is a "portfolio" or report book with clear sleeves. If you don't have a permit book, these are great for protecting your permits and keeping them organized and on hand for any inspections.

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      lucille12 

      3 years ago

      No matter what your personal style and preference is, you will be able to find the perfect solution for you.

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      Bill@Wincorinc.com 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed the video tour and suggestions. I wonder if anyone is aware of our product to help the over the road driver keep their living and working environment clean when ever they want to. Driver that are using it agree a built the freedom th clean the inside of the cab and drivers area is a major imptorvment in working conditions assist in staying clean and organzied. If you want to check us out at www.truckvac.com feel free. Thanks for all you do and if we can help make it better we are here.

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      Martin Carpenter 

      7 years ago

      Hi, I am on the lookout for suggestions for brand new drivers wanting to get their CDL License. If anybody has got any suggestions, please post them here in the comments!

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      CDL Career Coach 

      7 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I never had a "normal schedule"... that sounds like another great tool to stay organized! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      trucks4america 

      7 years ago from anywhere in the USA

      i do agree though that a clean truck interior makes a better impression than when there is stuff anywhere in a dot roadside inspection. As a driver I try every day before starting on a normal schedule to clean my truck, sweep out any dirt around the pedals, make my sleeper bed, fold clothes and put away what could potentially roll all over the place when driving

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