Car Clutter AHHHH……..
Car clutter is inevitable; you are a mom on the go, car pooling, practice, school, grocery store, parties, vacations, etc. In-between the various activities snacks are divvied out, water, juice box’s, baby biscuits, Cheerios, items to occupy time, etc. There are often enough random eatable items left in our car to feed the family for at least a week, although, that is a diet plan I prefer to skip. Granted, it is not just the children contributing to this mess, mommy also contributes to the clutter with a half-dozen coffee cups in the front seat. So, how do you maintain a semi clean car with your hectic schedule? You can keep the clutter at bay with this simple acronym, T.O.S.S.
Keep a small garbage bag in the front seat and one in the back with the children. Encourage children to throw all trash and any left over food items into the bag. This includes you mom, you need to model good habits for the pairs of eyes watching you from the backseat, put the coffee cups in the trash.
Children leave behind various items, a few things I have found in my car includes, pencils, parts of pens, sweaters, underwear, socks, half grilled cheese sandwich (this one was embarrassing, had to move around car seats and a relative was the lucky grilled cheese sandwich winner), toys, keys, sunglasses, tissues, etc. Have children help remove any random objects after each days worth of errands. If your children are too young to help than do this once a week.
I always have a handheld vacuum plugged in and ready to go. Grab the vacuum and sweep up any small items like Cheerios, leaves, dirt, etc. once a week. When you go on a long journey bring the handheld vacuum with you as well as the charger. Traveling is much easier in a clean vehicle.
Once you have tossed the trash, removed the objects, and swept the vehicle it is time to remove any germs that are not seen by the naked eye. I keep a hand towel and small spray bottle filled with vinegar, water, and lemon juice for this very purpose. Spray down the door handles, any random sticky goo, cup holders, radio, and don’t forget your steering wheel; it has nine times more germs than a public restroom (makes you want to wash your hands? Go ahead, I will wait).
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