We have a habit that developed quite a few years ago.
We aren’t always exactly perfect in it, but we’ve done it long enough that it is, well, a habit.
When we arrive home from town or an outing, I try to clean everything out of the Suburban that isn’t supposed to stay in our vehicle and carry it into the house. Library books, trash, groceries, empty cups, jackets, you name it!
If we arrive home late at night, we will wait till the next day. Sometimes the kiddos forget or we relax too much about it. For the most part this is what we do and it has worked well. I read once that you should do your best to keep your vehicle clean inside and out, even if you had an older vehicle (that’d be us), because it will give you a much better feeling about yourself to drive around in a tidy vehicle than one where stuff is threatening to overwhelm you. Really not that different than our homes, just much more manageable.
I have a first-aid kit, some blankets, and wet wipes that stay in the Suburban. We also have a reusable trash bag hanging on the back of a seat, and a bag for putting things in that need returned to other people or to use as a place for things we’re taking along. I also like to keep scissors, nail clippers, and phone chargers in the console. Some vehicles don’t have room for much extra stuff, but I’ve found that keeping small things in my vehicle comes in very handy. The less I have to remember when I walk out of the house, the better.
Our Suburban isn’t spot-free by any means. It often could use some sweeping and shining. But having it fairly neat inside is just a nice thing. When I do forget to carry my empty water-glass in, it always annoys me to find the cup holder full the next time I go to leave.
This works for us! What works for you?
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