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I do not understand how messy our car gets now we have kids! I seem to manage (on an average day anyway) to keep the house relatively clutter free (read our post here about toy storage solutions) but the car always fails me! If you’re like me, before you had kids, your car was probably kept in a decent condition. But why is it after you have kids, every surface in your car has the potential to turn into a sticky, crumb-covered mess? Over the last 9 years, I feel like my kiddos have decisively marked their territory in the backseat of our car with toys, snack crumbs, stickers, books, crayons, paper scraps – you name it – the car seems to be a rubbish bag for it! I know the sensible thing to do would be to have a No Food in the Car rule, but I’m not sure we could keep this up for very long! 4 kids+ long car trips = I need something (normally food) to keep them quiet and to retain my sanity! Desperate times call for desperate measures, so here are a few tricks you can use to protect your car’s resale value and prevent the amount of time you spend tidying up!
- Lay a Blanket on the Floor – A good tip from Ever After With Kids is to lay a blanket in the floor to catch crumbs, sand and whatever else they drag in, so you can just shake it out instead of hoovering!
- A good tip from Keep up with the Jones is to have a themed bin in your car, such as an R2D2 bin – the person who puts the most things in the bin – wins a prize! Sounds silly but it works!
- Keep old carrier bags in the glove box/ compartment to use for rubbish. Why do we still call it a Glove Box / Compartment? It’s been a while since we used it for gloves?! A good idea from Tippy Tupps.
- Another habit to start: is to empty the rubbish bag every time you fill the car up with petrol, it’s a good way to keep rubbish at bay!
- Packing plenty of activities for the car is a good idea to keep the littlies entertained, but you also don’t want your backseat to turn into a toy box. Use a shoe organiser to keep everything visible. It can be hung over the seat to ensure that there is a pocket for everything and things can always be found!
- Make sure you use spill proof cups for drinks and snack pots that have flaps to stop the snacks falling out!
- And lastly: Follow the clean car golden rule. What goes in, must go out! That is, if your children bring something in the car like a toy or book at the end of the day, they must bring another thing out of the car as a replacement!
There are more ideas here for how to manage a messy car.
Do you have any other tips to share? How do you keep your car clean?