On a normal day, my minivan looks like a wild tornado drove right through it.
And there was once about 2 weeks ago when I was cleaning snow off from my car and accidentally hit the Open Sunroof button and dumped 6 inches of fresh powder into my middle console. Oh, good times.
Sorry, folks, no photo of that.
But luckily, many of you are not like me and have some pretty stellar ideas for keeping your roving home clean.
So here we go:
1. A Collapsible Tote to cart items to and from your car (thanks Christine!):
This is perfect for catching all the items that need to be returned, or carried with you throughout the day. Set it in your passenger seat and cart it back into the house with you at the end of the day. I found this one at Marshall’s (score!), but these are also available at Garnet Hill.
2. Contributing Writer, Sarah another great idea: “I used to tuck things into the various compartments, nooks and crannies a typical minivan offers and it was a nightmare when there was a spill or an injury trying to remember where the paper towels or the band-aids were because it was all hidden away.”
Sarah continues, “I found an appropriate sized box and I keep it in the back with paper towels, Lysol wipes, gallon size trash bags, the Fisher Price Potty-on-the-Go (worth its weight in gold…actually it’s very light, let’s say worth MY weight in gold and that, my friend, is really sayin’ something!), a medical kit and a backpack with back-up clothes and socks for everyone. It fits together more neatly than in the picture, I spread things out so they were each more visible, but it is SO nice to have that one box to go to when we have any kind of need AND it takes 2 seconds to remove if we need to haul something bulky or have the interior of the van cleaned.” I think this is brilliant!
3. Garbage bags at every seat (thanks Katie!). That way it’s very easy to keep trash from minimal to nonexistant.
This idea gave me another, since my adorables are out of diapers (hallelujah!), I repurposed my old ducky diaper trash bags for the car. Those little blue bags work wonders!
4. Remember at every gas stop to take the few seconds to clean out the car before you get out to pump gas – remember you’re not supposed to get in and out of the car whilst your gas is pumping due to static electricity and the risk of explosion. Or so I hear, but that’s enough of a warning for me!
5. Since I heard these great ideas, I thought of a few of my own:
This is a little $2.99 tub I found at Target and I placed it in the middle of the backseat to catch all the loose gloves, hats, etc that make up most of the mess of my minivan. In 2 seconds, I can ask my adorables to tidy up and they have a place to put things. Then it’s all collected for me to sort back in the appropriate places in the house. At least that’s my plan…
I seriously apologize for this photo – this is a small tub that sits on the floor between the driver and passenger seats. You can see the mishmash of stuff in here: bug wipes, suntan lotion, gum, phone chargers, train schedules, you name it. I promise at some point – next time I get gas! – I’ll get this looking cleaner.
6. This is the Divide ‘N Store.
Developed by an 11-year-old, it is a contraption that works wonders! Not only does it make short work of organizing the back seat, but it prevents A LOT of issues between adorables on long car trips. Not please don’t steal this, can I say it’s patent-pending?? – the 11-year-old just needs a little more time to bring this invention to market, but she will consider orders if you’d like one (just email me!).
So what are you doing? What gadgets have you found that help you out? What are your tricks?