In lieu of a huge, deep-clean for fall, here at The Coupon Project we’ve opted to tackle lots of little, but important, to-do tasks. Things like making spares of important keys, organizing the linen closet, and making sure our family’s first aid supplies are up to date. You can see all the previous posts in this series at my Taking Care of Small Things page.
Today’s challenge: cleaning out the car! We are in the thick of fall sports: middle school and club cross country and soccer. This means lots of muddy gear, lunches in the car to events, not to mention school things. Usually things get to their worst point over the weekend.
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Cleaning out the car is easily one of those tasks I dread the most. But it’s also one of those tasks that I’m most happy about when it’s done. Is there anything better than driving around in a freshly cleaned out car? Plus, it just makes me feel disorganized and embarrassed to have a car full of crumbs and random items! (You never quite know when you might have to give a friend a lift!)
There are several ways to tackle this project, but I thought I’d share my personal approach. First, I clear everything out, sorting it into piles. I usually have some clothes (like coats and hats), water bottles and food items, and papers and books. As much as it would be easy to just throw all this stuff in the garage or entry, I encourage you to put it away correctly the first time. I can pretty much guarantee you won’t just happen to “feel like” putting it all away later!
With the car empty, I vacuum. And vacuum!
We have a wet/dry vac that we keep in the garage and let me tell you – this thing gets so much use. I totally recommend.
After vacuuming, I fill a bowl with some soapy water and go over all the vinyl parts of the car, along with any stains on the upholstery.
Finally, I use glass cleaner to wipe down the windows. Voila!
Would you believe this actually only took me about half an hour? One of the things that’s surprised me with this series is how chores like these really don’t take as long as I suppose they will, particularly when I’m focused!
I’ve got one final post in this series, due on Halloween. I hope this has been a helpful, motivating series for you!
As an aside, a couple years ago I wrote a related post called How I cleaned my car’s upholstery for less than $10. It was how I freshened up a really dirty car using all dollar store items. If your car is in need of extra extra help, check out that post!
Tell me about your car. How do you keep it clean? How often do you clean it? Do you find it often gets out of control?