Kids are a joy, but when it comes to keeping your vehicle clean, you may not seem joyful when you find gum under the seats, chocolate milk stains on the floor, and candy crushed between the cushions. However, cleanliness is next to godliness, and since you likely thank your lucky stars to be blessed with your little ones, you should be thankful for the following tips for keeping your car clean whether you have one, two, or multiple children in your clan.
Maintain the Clutter
Wars are won through battles, so, though it may seem like a longshot to rid your car of all of its clutter in one swoop, you could pick away at it. Each time you go to fill up your car, rove the floor and between seats for trash, wrappers, and finished refreshment bottles. You may need to put forth more effort to deem the vehicle completely clean, but at least you can maintain the clutter. It takes under a few minutes and can dramatically help reduce the stress of driving in a cluttered car.
Organize the Mess
Buy an organizer that hangs over the front seats, which holds books, toys, candy, and other items the kids like to play with in the car. Otherwise, the items will find their way under seats, between cushions, and cluttered on the floor, dashboard, and next to the rear window. It’s a cheap and simple purchase that can make a huge difference in keeping organized. Plus, it serves as a mini lesson for the kids; if they begin keeping the car clean, they may want to keep their rooms clean, and in best-case scenarios, want to help keep the home clean. But, let’s start with the backseat first.
Introduce the Bag
Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the hardest to remember. What do you do in your home to maintain trash? You place it in a trash bag. Voila- the same sentiment works in your vehicle. Keep a number of trash bags in the trunk and always have one handy inside. As at home, remind your kids where to place their trash. Otherwise, spills, stains, and odor will accumulate in your car, which can get pretty nasty, as you already know.
Cover the Seats
Seat covers are another simple solution. It’s a hassle to vacuum crumbs off of the seats, yet you can simply remove the seat covers and shake them out. Find Shear Comfort seat covers of desired colors online. Don’t worry about the size of your vehicle. Find car or truck covers, or have them customized to fit the make and model of your vehicle.
It’s inevitable if you want to maintain a tidy car. Get in the habit of conducting a deep cleanse of your car about once per month. To reduce the associated anxiety, keep it to under thirty minutes, and if they’re willing and able to help clean, include the kids. Hopefully, seeing and cleaning the mess will make them more mindful of being tidy during future car rides. Well, moms and dads can dream, can’t they?
Adrian Wilson is closely involved with a kids charity and helps to keep their transportation in good shape. He enjoys sharing his ideas with an online audience and his thoughts can be found on a number of sites across the web.