Does your car sometimes feel like a trash can on wheels? When my kids were younger, it seemed as if our car was a dumping ground for fast-food bags, Happy Meal toys, and juice cups. It happens to the best of us; life gets busy and cleaning the car seems pretty far down on the list of priorities.
We recently got our minivan (pictured above) ready to sell after owning it for nine years. Embedded in the seats were Cheerios, pennies, and candy wrappers. All happy reminders of the good times we had in our car, but not something the new owners would want to see. Now that we've got a new vehicle, we are motivated to keep it clean.
This Tuesday, we're issuing a challenge. Take just a few minutes today to “Tackle It” and get some solutions in place for getting and keeping your car clean and organized.
- Keep a stash of plastic bags in your car for trash. An easy solution? Tuck them into a paper towel tube (pictured here) that you store in your glove compartment.
- Always have kids carry as much as they can OUT of the car when you exit. Institute a “Bring It In, Bring It Out” policy for kids.
- Consider keeping a hand held vacuum like this one in your car
- Keep a cleaning kit in the car that includes a lint roller (works well for pet hair), paper towels, a stain stick, and wet wipes.
- If your kids are old enough, offer to pay them to clean your car for you. The going rate at our house for trash removal and vacuuming the car is $5 for my 11-year-old. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved.
- Give your kids a small “travel entertainment” bag for each child. Have him keep all his toys, games and books in it.
Join our Tackle It Tuesday project by linking your own blog with us. Tell us what you did to get your car in ship-shape and keep it that way. photos are great! We ask that as a courtesy you link back to Mommysavers.com. Linking will be closed on Monday, February 7th. Check out our list of upcoming list of Tackle It Tuesday projects.