Summer break means lots of time with the kids. Between summer camps, family vacations and play dates, you’ll put on a lot of miles. You will also likely have lots of meals in the car, plus lug around lots of toys and activities to keep the kids quiet while you run errands. All that car time can equal a huge mess. Keep your car clean and organized with these tips.
Most cars some with a distinct lack of storage space, especially in the back where the kids sit. Add your own organizing tools to keep things off the floors and seats. Give each child an organizer on the back of your seats. This is a great place to store books, small toys and other items that keep your kids busy in the car.
Give yourself your own storage up front. Get a square tote with sturdy sides to hold all the gear that you keep in the car. A divided tote is even better for organization. Large totes of bins in the trunk help keep larger gear and groceries organized. You can keep all of the items in the trunk separated and organized so they don’t get mixed up or roll around the trunk.
Get Trash Cans
Trash cans aren’t just for the house. One of the biggest problems in my car is all of the trash and wrappers that accumulate. Put a small trash can in the back seat and in the front seat. You can buy an actual car trash can, or get a plastic food storage container with a flip up lid. You can open the lid to put trash in and then close it to keep the trash from spilling all over the car.
Everyone and Everything Out
You’re busy in the summer, but don’t let stuff accumulate in your car. Every time you get home, have the kids grab everything they brought with them out of the car. Have them search the floors and seats for trash that can go in the trash cans. If you do a daily cleaning, you won’t have to wade through tons of junk.
Family Cleaning Sessions
Over time, you may accumulate too much stuff in your car even if you are clearing it out regularly. Every week or two, get the kids involved in a car cleaning session. Pull out everything that is in the car and put it away. Organize the items you want to leave in the car. Get out the shop vac and vacuum all of the crumbs out of the car. If you’re really feeling ambitious, you can even wash the outside of the car with the kids. They’ll love getting wet and scrubbing down your car. And at the end, you have a nice, clean car to drive to your next summer play date.