So maybe it's because my family chose to live 25 miles from nowhere, but ...

Do you ever feel like you live in the car?  At least twice a week I haul in clothing, trash, empty cups, etc. and it never seem to end.  As families start back into late evening sports and school events this really becomes an added stress and annoyance.  So what can you do beside visit your car with a box and plastic trash sack every other day!

Step One: make sure you have a place to put trash.  I thought my grandparents were strange with the plastic bag hanging from the stereo knob, now I get it!  If you go to the "all things crafty site", Pinterest, they have the great idea of decorating a recycled Cascade dish soap container to use as a trash can.  Great idea, if you would remember to dump it and put it back.  This method could also be a small brown paper sack you pull out of the glove box, fill with trash and through a way on your way through Sonic!  Whatever works, just come up with a trash controlling method.

Step Two:  Control items you need to keep in the car.  This is different depending on the family and age of kids.  But having a small tub, seat caddies, etc. can make for fast clean up and containment in the backseat.  The same it true for the trunk.  Using tubs, baskets or totes can help you keep the things in need in one place and out of the way for when you need to load other items.

Step Three:  Plan for food.  Although none of us should be eating in the car... almost everyone does!  Weather it is a whole meal, a snack or simply a drink every car owner deals with the issue of car food/beverage clutter and mess.  There is a new idea out which uses silicone cupcake liners in the cup holders to help control spills and make it easier to clean up.  Every car should have a small box with wet wipes and extra napkins.  If you have little ones don't forget to check under the seats often.  I think every parent has had the unfortunate discovery of something very gross under the seat, that if it had been caught early, would not have been so bad!

Step Four:  This time of year is hard with jackets in the morning and no jackets in the afternoon.  Clothing from one event to the next get left in the car.  For this reason, a small laundry basket is needed.  All non-worn clothing should go straight into the basket and the basket into the house.  This will help ensure that the uniform needed for practice wasn't left in the car after the last game!

So maybe it's because my family chose to live 25 miles from nowhere, but ... Do you ever feel like you live in the car?  At least twice a week I haul in clothing, trash, empty cups, etc. and it never seem to end.  As families start back into late evening sports and school events this really becomes an added stress and annoyance.  So what can you do beside visit your car with a box and plastic trash sack every other day! Step One: make sure you have a place to put trash.  I thought my grandparents were strange with the plastic bag hanging from the stereo knob, now I get it!  If you go to the "all things crafty site", Pinterest, they have the great idea of decorating a recycled Cascade dish soap container to use as a trash can.  Great idea, if you would remember to dump it and put it back.  This method could also be a small brown paper sack you pull out of the glove box, fill with trash and through a way on your way through Sonic!  Whatever works, just come up with a trash controlling method. Step Two:  Control items you need to keep in the car.  This is different depending on the family and age of kids.  But having a small tub, seat caddies, etc. can make for fast clean up and containment in the backseat.  The same it true for the trunk.  Using tubs, baskets or totes can help you keep the things in need in one place and out of the way for when you need to load other items. Step Three:  Plan for food.  Although none of us should be eating in the car... almost everyone does!  Weather it is a whole meal, a snack or simply a drink every car owner deals with the issue of car food/beverage clutter and mess.  There is a new idea out which uses silicone cupcake liners in the cup holders to help control spills and make it easier to clean up.  Every car should have a small box with wet wipes and extra napkins.  If you have little ones don't forget to check under the seats often.  I think every parent has had the unfortunate discovery of something very gross under the seat, that if it had been caught early, would not have been so bad! Step Four:  This time of year is hard with jackets in the morning and no jackets in the afternoon.  Clothing from one event to the next get left in the car.  For this reason, a small laundry basket is needed.  All non-worn clothing should go straight into the basket and the basket into the house.  This will help ensure that the uniform needed for practice wasn't left in the car after the last game!