Keeping a clean house is something I’m always striving to do. Keeping a clean car? I’d almost given up all hopes of that a mini-van and two kids later…
1 – Make it a habit to empty it out.
Clutter in your life leads to clutter in your brain, and that doesn’t exclude your car! Of course, we can try to teach our children (and ourselves) to empty the car of anything they bring into it. “If Teddy goes to Kroger with us, he has to come back inside when we get home.” Leaving things to clean out later only allows things to pile up. Instead, get in the habit of emptying the car every time you get out.
2 – Take 5 minutes to wipe down all hard surfaces.
Also, every few months spend 20 minutes or so wiping windows with window cleaner, and cleaning all hard surfaces like cup holders, the sides of doors, and the dashboard and console. If you’re really ambitious, run it through a carwash and vacuum the floor boards.
These are all kinds of common sense ways we can keep our cars tidier, and give it a good cleaning whenever needed.
BUT the biggest tip I could give anyone who is looking for an easier way to keep their car clean with kids is to have a trash can in the front seat. Revolutionary, right? I’m serious though!
3 – Keep a lidded “trash can” in the car.
I started by keeping a plastic bag in the front seat to corral all the trash and collect all the wrappers and papers and lollipop sticks. But it seemed like stuff was always spilling out every time I took a hard turn.
To fix this, I spent a couple bucks, bought a plastic cereal dispenser like this one, and lined it with a plastic grocery bag. Now, my trash not only sits upright and never spills out, but it closes with an air-tight seal so it doesn’t smell up my car. When I toss the banana peel my five-year-old eats while driving to the park, I don’t have to worry about it stinking up my car in the middle of summer if it takes a few hours to get home.
When the bag gets full, I just toss the plastic grocery bag into the dumpster and line my cereal-dispenser-turned-trash-can with another one. If my “trash can” starts to get funky, I throw it in the dishwasher until it is funk-free.
Hopefully this quick tip helps you keep your car cleaner, with or without kids. How do you keep your car clean? Are there any tips you could share to help control the clutter in our cars?
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