Just like my house, I keep my car tidy but not necessarily squeaky CLEAN. I don’t have a lot of time to clean it out nor do I care whether it’s immaculate. But I don’t want it to be embarrassing.
I used to do a better job of keeping my car vacuumed, but at our new house, I don’t get to park in the garage so it’s not as convenient to clean it. And it’s been either really hot or really cold. Yes, those are my excuses and I’m sticking to them.
But lately the condition of my car has been bugging me. Big time. Unfortunately I haven’t known what to do about it because I don’t have enough time to do a really good job and I don’t want to spend the money to hire a professional. Here’s what it looks like (keep in mind that it’s old – 1995 – and I haul my two grandkids around in it).
Last night when I was laying in bed, not sleeping, I was thinking about how I could get my car cleaned out and I came up with a solution. It’s SO simple. It’s still not something I want to do but it makes a very overwhelming task seem manageable. Are you ready? Prepare to be underwhelmed!
CLEAN IT A LITTLE AT A TIME
I had it on my to-do list as “clean out the car”. To me, that meant:
1. Vacuum all the floors and seats;
2. Dust and wipe down the vinyl;
3. Clean the glass, inside and out;
4. Wash the outside.
See what I mean? That’s a lot of hard work and will take quite a bit of time. Time and energy I don’t have. But I can:
Vacuum the car.
Clean the glass INSIDE.
Clean the glass OUTSIDE.
Run it through the car wash the next time I get gas.
Those individual tasks, done one at a time when I can fit them in, don’t seem so overwhelming and will take much less time than trying to do it all at once.
So that’s how I’m going to clean out my car.
What’s the condition of your car? Do you clean it out regularly?