Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Clutter Nemesis

Well, the hubby started back to school last week. And the Bub starts again next week. This year it’s Pre-K and he will be gone more than ever.

I don’t know if I should cry or do a happy dance. I’m so confused.

Next year he goes to all day kindergarten and I’m quite sure they will have to pry him from my white knuckles. ;) I am already dreading it.

But it’s back to school time! I’m supposed to be happy, right?

Yay.

:)

Anyhoo, every change of seasons brings up some major organizing mojo in me. After Christmas I’m ready for a clean slate, in the spring I’m cleaning like mad (OK, not really, but I feel like I should), summer I’m a slug, and then in the fall, I’m determined to get our lives back in order before the holiday madness hits.

Back to school always bring this up too. This year I’m determined to conquer one of my biggest and baddest clutter spots. I’ve told you about the piles. And the laundry room. I’ve hinted at the disaster that is the master closet.

But this one is waaaay up there at the top. I mean bottom. Wherever the biggest catastrophes go. ;)

It’s the car. I just can’t keep it under control. It’s like, physically impossible. For real. But this year, I want to at least try. Trying is something right?

There’s one thing I notice each morning when I drop off the Bub at school. It’s that every Mom seems to be a size two.

Wait, that’s not it. (But seriously, how??)

It’s that my car seems to be the worst of them – not one is as messy as mine. It makes no sense. Actually, it does, cause they go to the gym after drop off and I go to Goodwill. And then fill my car with crap. But whatever. Details schmetails.

Well, I’m done – I’m going to make a REAL effort this year. For at least a week. ;)

I started yesterday by pulling the car out of the garage so I’d have plenty of space. I then pulled EVERYTHING out and dumped it behind the car:

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Yes, all of that was in my car. No, it’s not a big car. And this does not include the trash -- I spared you that. You’re welcome. :)

I had a meeting last night so I dumped everything behind the car on purpose – I had to get it all put away before I left, or I wasn’t going anywhere. Brillz, yes?

Let’s see what was in my car, shall we?:

car disaster

Randomness. My specialty.

I took out every last bit of bits. Emptied consoles and drawers and nooks.

About half I put away. The other half is in the garage (my next project) and the laundry room. Moving piles around is my other specialty. ;) But it’s OUT of my car!

I took the car seat cover off and washed it, then hosed down the seat.

Yes, hosed. This might clue you in to why there are no before pictures.

The only things I put back in were the car seat and the car manual:

And a state map. Cause I’ll need that. You never know.

Back in high school and college, when things weren’t so good financially, I would scrounge up change and take the car (mom’s or later mine) to the car wash. Cleaning it out and and using their awesomesauce vacuums would always completely change my mindset. I felt so in control of life when my car was clean.

So now, even though we have a shop vac at home, I always go to the car wash to vacuum out the car:

clean car

It’s just one of those weird things, you know?

I talk about how amazing it is to rid your home of the stuff you don’t use or need or appreciate. It will make you feel control over your home and your life – there’s something really powerful about it.

It’s the same for the car, in my opinion. Some of us spend a LOT of time in the car – and when it’s clutter-free, it’s a much more peaceful place.

I need to take my own advice more often. ;)

The only things left in the back are items I need to return and our outdoor blanket I always keep in there, just in case.

I’m determined to keep the car spotless for a week. If I can do it a week, I can do it two. If two, well, I’m going for a MONTH. Shooting for the stars people!! WHOO!

So far so good. It’s only been a day. You have no idea what a big deal that is. ;)

I’m on a mission –  if I can’t be a size two, I can at least have the cleanest car in the school parking lot! Yesssss…

Do you keep your car clean, or is a problem area for you too? Have you tried and tried to keep it clean like me? Any success stories? I’d love to hear!

122 comments:

  1. I did this today too! I had to hurry so all the neighbors driving by didn't see my mess. Haha! Glad I'm not the only one! Thank you!

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  2. My car is TERRIBLE! I blame kids. ;-). I swear, when I do clean it out, I'm mortified at all of the crap they shove into the seat pockets and under the seats for that matter. I have my share of stuff, but I only have two arms, right? I can't carry all of my crap along with Barbies, sports equipment, books, trash, etc... It's an ongoing battle.

    Ironically, my car is the cleanest right before we go on vacation (just in time for the kids to be in the car for hours on end making all sorts of messes!

    More than you wanted to know, I'm sure, but you're in good company. (And I'm not a size 2 either)

    Jenny
    www.EvolutionofStyleblog.blogspot.com

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  3. Love this post. Made me smile today. Thanks for ur humor. Heres hoping to day 2!

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  4. You are seriously my clutter twin!!
    Love not feeling alone in my hoarding :)

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  5. I had to clean out the back of my SUV today, so I could go fetch a replacement passenger-side door for it. Because my "baby" is now 16 and she had a little problem remembering to put it in park last week. I had already opened my door and so it met a pole and stopped the car from rolling further. Yeah, I can SO relate to your nemesis - I'm just a decade or two ahead of you (her oldest brother is 26.) I'd like to tell you it gets better, but actually it may not. (It's always darkest before the dawn, and all that.)

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  6. I've been a lurker here for awhile, but I love your blog :)

    My car....ugh. Disgusting at the moment. I actually found an old banana feel in there once. Grody. But I think it's so funny you posted this because just today I was thinking I needed to get it all cleaned out before we start to school and carpool and all that. So, you're not the only one, and I'm glad I'M not the only one. But the goal is to be neat, so let's keep our fingers crossed for that, shall we?

    beth

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  7. I did this about 2 weeks ago too! I was DONE with the disgusting mess! I even used some carpet cleaner to clean up (some major) spots. My last attempt to try to keep it clean (because I have 2 very messy little boys) was to put a box lined with a trash bag under the console that they can reach from the back. It has actually been fairly clean to this point! Yeah!

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  8. My car is the same way. And my kids are grown so I can't even blame them! Most of it is craft projects that I leave there because I don't have my craft room organized. Oh my. In fact I am taking the next two days off to finally get it done
    Wish me luck!

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  9. oh I cleanmy car and now that my son is 9 no more small toys or crayons..I dumped everything in a blue IKEA bag stil sits in the garage but I will clean it and throw-ddonate or put back the stuff where it goes..my father taught me tht a clean car is a sign f ownership so I clean mine..and i too wash it sometimes at the car wash..one tip if I may when you go and ge the car filled up at the pump -DUMP the trash yep right there ....now in the trunk is an emergency first aid kit -small one and reusable grocery bags from BJ's and a square carrier where I place my grocery bags in..I even went ahead and placed a piece of carpet -a big piece to serve as a floor for the truck -for those in case spills..it helps ..

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  10. @->Jenny "I'm mortified at all of the crap they shove into the seat pockets and under the seats for that matter." -- I know, right? My grand daughter now is doing that. But it's not all on her, because I do plenty of damage myself. And, when you go to clean it out it seems stuff comes crawling out of spaces you didn't even know existed before.

    Great post Sarah, I love the combination of candor and humor, and letting us all know we are not alone and no longer have to live in the closet ... with the clutter.

    :) Jackie

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  11. LOL!! Just minutes ago I was in the car with husband having the exact conversation! I've always been in one way or another a neat freak! But in resent days that behavior has flown so far out the window that I haven't even bothered looking back! Until NOW! It literally looks like Oscar the Grouch has pitched a tent in our car. Seriously! We have 3 small children. Enough said right? Thank you for this post, you have totally humored me tonight! :D

    Jess
    http://projectdiaz.blogspot.com/

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  12. My car is so junky! And it's not a small car. I have a Tahoe full of mess. Like, for our big family of THREE to go in my car to dinner, I always have to clean a seat out for someone. It's quite ridiculous! I am going to clean it this weekend. Next week will be my first week of carpool duty and I guess I better make room for some kids. I just dread doing it because I know that another room is going to be filled with all that stuff that doesn't really have a place. I wish my GPS wouldn't let my car navigate to the thrift store sometimes. It's causing major issues. I hope yours can stay tidy and that mine ever gets tidy again!

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  13. my car is a black hole of receipts, toys, empty sippy cups {thank god we don't "do dairy"}...so I feel ya on that one.

    I am going to try "rewarding" myself for a clean car. maybe a chart with glitter stickers! if it works for kids, it may work for their disorganized mom.

    size 2 mommas can happen. I dropped 15 lbs when I went gluten-free {and mostly grain-free}. I don't drink diet soda, but I love me some black coffee.

    :)

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  14. Thanks for keeping it real Sarah! I struggle the same way....every Friday is clean out my car and purse. Having that day designated to do these tasks really help. Good Luck! You can do it! ;)

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  15. My husband jokingly refers to my minivan as 'the dumpster on wheels'. I don't think it's THAT bad. There's no food/drinks left in the van but there is a plethora of papers, DS games, coupons, school forms from 2001 .... My excuse is that I have the three kids with me all the time. I think he should start carting around our offspring and see how clean his car stays. ;)

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  16. I just did this yesterday! After a minor hot glue disaster on my front seat. Headed to craft day with some friends, left a stick of hot glue on the seat by accident. Came back to melted hot glue stick on my passenger seat. Sad day!

    I, too, needed control of my car! I feel less stressed about running late and crumbled up fishy crackers all over my back seat if it was clean to start with. What a weirdo I am.

    I made a goal to make sure EVERY time I get out of the car, I take EVERY thing out that does't belong in there. ALL I have is car seats, window shades, and a travel pillow in the back seat for when my babes fall asleep!

    You CAN make a month!

    Oh yeah, my new goal is writing down the date and amount spent when I get gas so I can get an accurate gas budget! Loving it so far!

    And the longest comment award goes to.... ;)

    xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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  17. I hear you on the car clutter! Mine is always insane too. I'm doing a massive purge of my home right now, and the car will be included in that. Hope you can keep it up because you will feel better!

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  18. I try, but rarely succeed. My latest brainstorm was to keep a litter bag in there. It works -- sometimes.
    I'm bad about drinks. Old cans, aluminum water bottles, cups, you name it.
    Oh, and of course I have thrift store finds. Why do we leave them in the car? I drove around with a blow mold santa (3 ft tall) for a week! He was facing the back, so anyone behind me got a chuckle, I'm sure!
    great post, you're NOT alone!
    Good luck, and remember "knowing" is half the battle, admitting it gets you a little closer!
    gail

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  19. My car is a pit as well. I agree with Jenny and blame my kids. There is some mysterious something smeared all over the back seat (I think it's chocolate chips from a granola bar). The door compartments are stuff with garbage and it could use a really good vacuum and wipe down. I've given up on the exterior cause we live off of gravel.

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  20. Hilarious! I almost did a blog post on cleaning out my car too a few weeks ago! You'd think we lived in our car or something with all the junk I tote around in mine, not to mention the buckets of cheerios on the floor! GRRR! Oh how I love reading your blog b/c it always makes me feel like I'm not alone and I'm normal with all my messes too! My son just started pre-k too so now it's homework time! Good luck with everything!

    www.keepitsimpleyay.blogspot.com

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  21. I try to clean out all the trash and organize the stuff that stays in teh car and take out all the stuff that doesn't once or twice a week. Then it doesn't feel like such a huge task to take on. It only a couple of minutes, and so I am more likely to do it. If I let it get too messy, then I don't want to clean it. Then when I actually end up cleaning it out it takes a decent amount of time instead of just a couple of minutes. GOOD LUCK!

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  22. You seriously make me laugh every time! I even read some of your one-liners to The Hubs. :) You reminded me of the guy from the end of Pretty Woman... "Everyone's got a dream...what's your dream?" I, too, dream of a car that doesn't have ground up crackers, stale french fries, 14 pairs of shoes, and every toy from McDoglips to Chick-fil-A in the back. Thanks for the "encouragement." :)

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  23. You seriously make me laugh every time! I even read some of your one-liners to The Hubs. :) You reminded me of the guy from the end of Pretty Woman... "Everyone's got a dream...what's your dream?" I, too, dream of a car that doesn't have ground up crackers, stale french fries, 14 pairs of shoes, and every toy from McDoglips to Chick-fil-A in the back. Thanks for the "encouragement." :)

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  24. My car is SO embarrassing!! I was even going to post about it, but it was too bad. And nothing thus far has been too bad for me to blog about, if that tells you anything. :) My problem is the chick-fil-a trash that piles up in there, and the mail. OMG the MAIL. We have one of those stupid community boxes so I drive the 5 ft to the mailbox to pick up our mail and just throw it in the floor board. And my husband forced me to clean it out last week because he had to go get it inspected and wouldn't take it like it was. haha. So, now I have 2 big trash bags sitting in my laundry room full of mail that I need to sort through. Blah blah blah. I have to say though that this week it's actually been nice that my feet haven't been slipping on mail when I get in the truck! :)

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  25. At the beginning of the summer I made it a point to add my car as part of my weekly cleaning routine! So now every Sunday, maybe Monday if we have a bum Sunday :) I take everything that needs to come inside like sippy cups, clothes, water bottles, trash receipts!! Oh receipts!!! And start the week fresh! I even have a trash can right near the car in the garage so I have no excuse to not throw crap away! Hope these tips help you succeed! :)

    Jessi
    WWW.marxfamilyblessings.blogspot.com

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  26. LOLing! My car is the same way! And its always covered in dust because we live on a gravel road in the middle of nowhere. I always gaze in longing at the people's cars that live in town. They're soooooo shiny and clean. After carting kids all over the place for sports, not only is my car a wreck, it also carries the distinct smell of boys sweaty sports equipment. They don't MAKE an air freshener that can completely cover THAT up! Now, you make me feel a little bit better that I'm not the only one! :)

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  27. I literally had the same experience just today! I went and vaccumed my car. It took over 45 minutes! I sucked up headbands, pens, it didn't matter, I wanted it all out!
    I feel better now!

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  28. My husband's gag reflex acts up anytime he has to climb into my van, followed by a "who lives like this?" look. A zest for life was what attracted him to me in the first place, right? Life is messy.

    Oh, and I bet all those STD's (size two darlings) would give up their skinny jeans in a milisecond to have even a fraction of your mad skills. So there.

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  29. To funny...we paid off my Trailblazer a month ago and before we sold it, I had to do some major cleaning. It was baaaad, girl. Took me an entire day to clean it out. On a bright note, T's grandma gave us her minivan...and we are now debt free!!! (except for the house) WOOHOO!!!!!

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  30. We are two peas in a pod! Clutter seems to follow me wherever I go and the car is NO exception. Come check out my blog when you get a chance. I am doing a mini series on Mondays called "Managing the Mess Mondays" where I have committed to picking up the clutter in my house every night before I go to bed for 30 days so I can wake up to a clean house!! Come join me... www.yellowmedaisy.com

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  31. We used to have a minivan that I hated, it was practical but minivans are just... minivans. It was always a mess because I just didn't care about it. We traded it for an suv that I really like and it has motivated me to keep it clean and looking nice. Maybe a new car will help you?? :)

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  32. Well, after reading everyone else's comments I'm almost afraid to type this. Let me preface by saying I am not a size 2 either (so you won't hate me). But I do keep my car clean. I use the center console as my trash can for wrappers, receipts, etc, so it doesn't end up all over my car. I also take advantage of station trash cans every time I fill up my car. (But my two teenagers have the nastiest cars ever! Shoes, papers, empty drink bottles, half full drink bottles, wrappers, clothes- you get the picture.) Just get you a big ass basket to put the junk in. It will be pretty and functional at the same time. Thanks for making me laugh - with you, not at you.

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  33. Love the "crap" things lol. My car fills up with crap so fast. I try to clean it out whenever I go grocery shopping so there is room for the food but it doesn't always happen.

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  34. Love the "crap" things lol. My car fills up with crap so fast. I try to clean it out whenever I go grocery shopping so there is room for the food but it doesn't always happen.

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  35. Wait until you're not in control of what the kids bring into the car. . .because, well, you already have your hands full and since they can now buckle their own seatbelts you don't check their hands every time. I would *hate* to think how much worse my car would be if I let them eat or drink in there. . .the pencils, pens, books, sports equipment, and random trash is already enough to drive me insane!!! Good luck to you. . .yes, I always feel so much better when the car is clean too. .. why don't my kids have that same feeling???

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  36. I could feed a small nation with all the food in my car!

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  37. I always enjoy the late night chuckle you give me! You're soo funny and such a real person. I LOVE it! You and my husband are car clutter twins. He's soo bad and unfortunately for me, we only have one car right now and he's the one that drives it the most. It's soo yucky I call it his car. When I have a car it's spotless. I don't know how I keep it that way, but I do. It probably helps that I'm kind of an organization freak and that goes for the car too. Plus I like cleaning the car out, when it's all mine! We're looking into getting a second car now that our youngest is starting kindergarten next week and it's gonna be a pain in the butt to have to share it. I can't wait to have my own, clean car!!! Keep up the clean, Sarah. You. can. do. it!!! : )

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  38. Back when my kids were little, I drove a New Beetle (I know, a tiny car with only 2 doors. What can I say, I'm a glutton for punishment, but it was such a cute car...) and it would get filthy because it seems like we lived in the car with all the driving around I did. So I used my carpet cleaner to steam clean the seats. I had 3 goes at it and the water came out black every time. But then it looked and smelled so fresh! At least for a little while, until the next Chicken McNugget car supper...

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  39. Thank for the laugh! I am simply a disaster in the car. It is my music, movie and book storage, farmer's market vehicle, Diet Coke transporter, receipt holder, sippy cup black hole, toy chest...UGH! My husband is always on my back about it so we kinda have an unspoken deal that when I empty it out, he'll vacuum it. And then it's messy again the very next day. There's no hope, none!

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  40. I have been reading your blog for about a month now and love it! It's so good to know that when you have a house that is decorated and looks perfect, that even you are human and have some clutter spots! There is nothing like the feeling of decluttering however, its a rare occasion when I have my house, garage and car neat, but when I do I feel like Im on cloud 9! Just as the other comments have said..I have an over the seat trash compartment, that I empty each time I fuel up or on trash day at my house. My family members (kids included) know they must grab everything thats theirs or five random items out of the car when we get out...THEN put it away when we get in the house! I also keep a blanket in my car along with hand sanitizer, baby wipes (all sorts of uses) returns for the store and some extra plastic bags for unexpected messes ie muddy shoes etc. It's not always clean but thats my goal! Thanks for all your great ideas!

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  41. Your story... piles, laundry room, procrastination and yes, even the car... sound so familiar it's scary! If I may make a suggestion... steer clear of any vehicle the size of, say, an Expedition. That's what I've heard anyway.... O_o

    Again and again, it's a relief to know that not only am I not alone... I'm among many, many, MANY crazy busy mom's! Not feeling guilty = one less thing to do. I mean, I do have good intentions. Still, I seriously am unable to do all that is set out for me to accomplish.. so I, like most other ladies, pick and choose what and when according to why and how long.

    Wait! Where are we going and why are we in this hand-basket?

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  42. I'm glad I'm not alone here! I do the same thing - except I try to do it once a month now (deep cleaning that is).

    The one thing I can't live without in my car is the small trash can. I got it when we lived in Japan and its been in my car ever since! LOVE!

    One thing I did do, is I purchased a large plastic bin at Target (with handles) and put it in the trunk. I use it to store the cloth grocery bags, the baby's grocery cart liner and a small box of snacks for the baby (for when we go to the store).

    That keeps the trunk clean and makes room for purchases. Its also useful for carrying in purchases (like from Costco) where there are small-ish items.

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  43. I absolutely hate a dirty car/van. The outside is terrible - I blame most of it on bugs and L.A. smog, but inside I can control! I have a big rule that if the kids leave the car, their stuff has to go with them. When they have a car, they can do whatever but in my car it's gone! I also have a small tray of stuff they can keep between their seats with DVDs and such. I have a nice plastic tray I keep all the grocery bags and my emergency kit. Most people can't believe I can keep the car so clean, but I refuse to have it a mess- oh, there's no eating or drinking in my van either. Well, except on trips and the kids don't know what hit them!

    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  44. I park underground thank God! So people don't have to see me unloading all my craptastic stuff all the time! I'm sure my neighbors think I am a hoarder though, just based off of my car! Glad I am not alone!!

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  45. Just to add to what a couple of others have said--I clean my car every week. That way it only takes ten or fifteen minutes, and I don't get overwhelmed by the junk. I try to think of it as part of my household chores: Wednesdays are grocery shopping and car cleaning days. I am no neat-freak, just the opposite, but there are couple of chores that I am pretty consistent about. One is the bathroom, the other is the car. I love the idea of dumping garbage at the gas station, although I honestly only need to fill my tank every couple of weeks. (Small car, and I live pretty close to where I need to go. And I live in a country where gas costs 8 bucks a gallon.)

    Oh, and I am nowhere near a size two, and haven't been since I was, oh, ten years old. :-)

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  46. Love you blog! I'm new to the whole blogging thing and it is such a pleasure to come across a 'real' blog. As for keeping a car clean, I have given up. Having kids make it IMPOSSIBLE. :)

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  47. I cleaned out my car, washed inside/outside, vac., Armor All'ed it, got it as spotless as possible on June 1, 2011. It's been that way ever since, but it's required a strict "whoop-ah" whip-like adherence to my new rules. CD cases aren't even allowed to remain out of their place even while we're still listening to them. NOTHING is allowed to remain in the door pockets after we arrive at our destination. If that means son goes back out to the car from Target, to put away said mess, so be it. (That's happened twice.) It's been wonderful. Even on our vacation, it was spotless in there, except for the pillow. I'm not embarrassed when a neighbor walks up to our door, for fear that she saw the nast in the car...lol. (She's one of the size 2's - even after twins!)

    Anyway, want you to know it's completely do-able and I'm excited for you for your new found auto peace. :-)

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  48. When I was 21 and working full time, I bought my first car all on my own. So I was always pinching pennies after that and I took my car to the car wash once a week to make it pretty. I totally get how it makes you feel more in control. I look at my mini van (cringe) now and the side pockets are filled with old wrappers, garbage and old wet ones; the floor in the backseat has crusted puke on it (I know gross) and there is a smell that I just can't quite place.....
    I think I might take some change and head up to the car wash today with my three year old.....:)

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  49. I laughed reading this..not because it is like me but I am so glad it is not like me. I have a phobia about neat and clean. I live with a husband who is the opposite. If he had found someone like himself I wonder what would have happened---probably he would be on "the hoarder show".


    Glad you were able to take charge! Appreciate your honesty.

    ps...love your blog and your ideas. I have been reading for about 6 months now.

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  50. "There’s one thing I notice each morning when I drop off the Bub at school. It’s that every Mom seems to be a size two."

    I thought this was only at my kid's school! How can it be that Indiana is one of the most obiese states and we both have this problem in 2 different towns?!

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  51. I'm with Karen and Kari. I need to have a clean car so I pinch and save the pennies for a weekly valet (the cheapest one at 6£) at the car wash.

    I have a plastic storage tub secure in the trunk for any emergency stuff. When I leave the house, I take with me a plastic shopping bag and leave it in one of the footwells. Any trash goes in there during any trip and when I get home, it's all bagged up ready to be dumped in the rubbish bin.

    As for the mail, I *detest* paper clutter with a passion. I stick to the "handle a piece of paper once" rule. read it, then file it/pay it/ or shred it. Once it's shredded, it can't haunt you floating around! Best of luck, and love reading your blog!

    -A thrifty Decor blog guy reader

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  52. I have found that taking out all trash at the end of each trip helps. And I keep a samll tote with crayons, paper and few kid books and some fruit snacks in the car all the time. I keep the picnic blanket in the back at all times, too! I love picnics! Oh, I also keep plastic bags and a roll of paper towels; two of my munchkins get car sick. lol
    Mandy

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  53. I had to laugh because I've been thinking the same thing recently... but I know there is light at the end of the tunnel!! And yes my "car" (an SUV) sometimes does stay clean such as when our oldest two are out of town. And no they aren't little any longer... 15 and 17. But recently they have been given a little incentive to keep the back of the car clean.... they leave clutter, mom gets to hijack ipods or even worse... they lovingly buy mom a new song or two on itunes. My playlist is still small so I think they have caught on pretty quickly... they are tight with their pennies. And the back is looking so much better!!

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  54. Are we related?!? I, too, suffer from piler syndrome and it overflows into my van! I try to keep the front seat area clean so if anyone looks in it appears clean! :) The boys always drag their stuff in there and it never makes it out. I now have a bag for them to fill. When it gets full I take it out and empty it. The cargo area has two strollers (I only have one child that rides in a stroller) and lots of stuff to take back to Lowes. Now I'm dreading snow season because that adds a whole new set of problems with keeping it clean!

    Good luck with your quest! :) BTW, I was at a school picnic last night and noticed the same about the moms there. So you're not alone in that either!

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  55. http://homewithb.blogspot.com/August 25, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Oh my gosh...I don't feel so bad anymore...I'm the same way..I have crap everywhere in the car...I have three young kids and we constantly haul toys, food, crap I find or buy...glad to hear you're "Normal" LOL

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  56. This post is so timely! On Father's Day I spent FOUR hours cleaning my SUV!! There was yogurt stuck to a floor mat that I had to scrub off, juice stains galore on the cushions and cheerios stuck in every nook and cranny! Trash seems to be my biggest culprit, so now I put a large brown grocery bag in there and throw all my McDonalds fast food garbage away, etc. I make sure before I leave the car that I have removed books, toys, crap before I leave. So far, so good. It feels so good when I can give a friend a ride now and not have to apologize for the mess or throw everything in the back seat before they arrive. Next is to conquer all the clutter in my house!! One step at a time... BTW, I LOVE the organizer thingy you have in your glove compartment! I'm going to do that, too!

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  57. Great job!! I LOVE a clean car! One of my tricks is to gather up all the trash while I'm filling up with gas and toss it then. I tend to be a piler, too, and get these little things all gathered up in my center console that usually end up being trash. Trash and whatever jewelry I've wore to work that week that comes off immediately upon entry to the car due to the 100+ temps we've had in OK all summer! I also don't allow my kids (2 teens & 21) to eat in my car - that helps tremendously! For cleaning the surfaces - I recently discovered ArmorAll wipes and holy cats are they AWESOME!! They cleaned leather that I hadn't been able to get clean in YEARS!! I (heart) ArmorAll wipes.

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  58. I generally don't allow snacks in the car (save that for the roadtrips in Daddy's car) so crumbs are minimal. However, having two girls guarantees an unheard of amount of clips and ponytail holders!! Not to mention Petshop accessories . . . .

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  59. We have a giantly deep console in our car. I attacked it while waiting in line to pick up my kindergartener (*sniff*) yesterday. Holy Moly what a freaking mess! I have enough napkins to wipe my family of six's mouths for 3 months, no joke! Jewelry, pens, lady things, a clean diaper, a pacifier, a game controller, receipts galore, change, CD's, movies, etc. Seriously there was more, I'm such a slob!

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  60. Oh yea. My vehicle is usually craptastic as well. I bet you can't beat this ... I open the back door to get out my laptop bag (it's first thing in the morning at the office, by the way) and out flies a pair of my kid's undies (among other things). Sawweeeeett!

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  61. My van is very similar, complete with potty chair, extra carseat, and a gazillion pairs of panties for my potty-training 2 year old. :) The ONE thing that I've actually stuck to and love is a little garbage basket. My van is bigger than your car, and I just use a plastic shopping bag and put the handles over each of the front arm rests so that bag is between the front seats. But, I'm sure you can find room in your small car. :) Maybe a small little bin on the floor in the back seat? And, I keep extra bags in my center console so when it's full I can just pull the old on out and stick a new one in it's place. Works great!
    Can't wait to see your car next week, all sparkly and clean!

    Cassie

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  62. My car stays clean as long as my hubby stays out of it! LOL!! His truck is always a mess, and when he gets in my car, he always leaves his Bible or something in there! Now, when we go on trips, it definitely does get messy (by myself too although I keep a plastic bag for garbage in there and that works!) We just get home and get the essentials out of the car, and the rest stays until we feel like getting it all out. We're lazy like that at times! :) Once it's clean though, I can keep it clean! My 4 year old's carseat is a lot like the Bub's. We won't even go there! lol

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  63. I learned from my mom to always clear out the car when I get home every day. I never leave anything in the car that doesn't need to be there. I'll purchase 12 bags of cat food and 6 boxes of kitty litter and dread bringing it in but I have to bring it in as soon as I get home. That's the rule. Except when I'm buying 6 12-packs of Pepsi for my husband---then I make him bring it in. :-P The only things I leave in the car are my steel toed boots for work (never know when I have to go to a jobsite and need them), my yoga mat (I go to class so often it's not worth lugging in and out), and my CD collection. A clean car is the best. You never have to worry that you can't give someone a ride to the airport spur of the moment because you have no room for their luggage! :-P Believe me, some days the last thing I want to do is bring my bags of purchases inside but if you just bring everything in every day, it doesn't pile up. And all the extra weight in the car is bad for your gas mileage anyway.

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  64. can totally relate to the car situation.
    everyone who has ridden with me comments that my house is so clean and the car... not so much

    thanks for the inspiration!

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  65. Oh, you made me laugh! Seriously, you are a size 2! I've always kept my cars clean as when in my 20s I washed/waxed & did inside every.week. I am no longer in my 20s. In general it stays pretty clean because usually whatever I put in has to come out for a purpose! It's just too small! Like my home, when all is clean and in order, I feel I can conquer anything!

    My problem are the bags of paperwork that keep growing...then I'd have more closet space, not to mention I'd know where a lot of important paperwork is!

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  66. You mean...the car wasn't MEANT to be the dumping ground for everything? My man has the nerve to get after ME for a messy car...yet, when he rides in mine he ALWAYS leaves something behind...grrrr. He asks me "why can't you keep your car clean like mine?"...HELLOOOOO...I have KIDS in my car...you don't carry KIDS...lol. You totally crack me up! And I'm currently in week 3 with my clean car...so far, so good. As long as I screech at the kiddos BEFORE they get out, and they take thier crap with them...all is well. ;)

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  67. I'm a LOT more OCD about my car - it's smallish, an Escape. It had not been cleaned out all summer - horrors!
    This morning I vacuumed and windexed it, took out the pool noodles and folding chair, put in the re-useable grocery bags and library bag. Repaired the rug that I custom cut to make the back floorboard look pretty, wiped everything down with Fabuloso/water. Smells and looks so pretty - now I'm off to Wally World!

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  68. Oh no! This post just reminded me that there is a chocolate chip cookie in the floorboard under where my son sits. He was all like 'Look mom, there's a cookie under the mat!' the other day and I totally forgot to get it!

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  69. So... I noticed this morning that all of my wordpress subscriptions are gone. Ack! This makes me sad because in the past week, I haven't been notified of any of your posts! I added you back to my google reader until I can figure all of this mess out, but now it's time to catch up on your great posts!

    ~Kristi

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  70. I can totally relate to this (both the size 2 thing and the car thing). I'm a total neat freak...except the car. I just can't keep it neat! Even if I remove all the trash each day as it accumulates, it's still a disaster. Totally embarrassing!

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  71. MY son started all freakin day kindergarten this week! 7 hours!!!! I can't handle it. I'm dying. He doesn't know of course... I have tears, wailing, gnashing of teeth :) happening at home. And to cope with it...your blog, pintrest, and diet coke. Thanks for keeping me going :) hehe. Good luck with your car!!!

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  72. Too funny!! That is soooo me with my car! As a matter of fact I had a friend come watch the girls and when hubby got home he asked where I was, she said outside with the car, he was like uhhh no? And they discovered I, like you, loooove the car wash shop vacs :)

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  73. I'm the SAME way! I like stuff to have a place, but my car is downright embarrassing.

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  74. You are right, a clean car does make a person feel better and in control but, let's face it, if you are a parent your car will NEVER stay clean and that's okay. I clean my car once a week on Friday during my lunch break and by Monday morning it looks like disaster struck. I have tried to stick with leather seats. At least they are wipeable, but I just bought a new car without leather seats. BIG MISTAKE! I now have a big, sticky, grape jelly spot smack dab in the middle of the back seats. The only way to get a perfectly clean car and perfectly clean house is to NOT have kids and well, that is just not an option. My kids, though messy, are the joy of my life.

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  75. Love this! We just got a new car with the arrival of the lil man and I am so committed to keeping it clean!

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  76. I try to keep the car pretty picked up. I find that water bottles tend to multiple. Full one, empty ones, 1/2 full ones (that's right, it's all about the optimism):) About that scrape on the back, though. My husband works for a mobile touch up company in and around Indy and may be able to fix it. If you're interested, contact me and I'll give you his number. It could be your gift to yourself after keeping clean for a month.:)

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  77. Your too funny! I do both. I have been in my car a TON this summer. Think two out of tow funerals, a camp trip, a wedding, a family reunion, a trip to a dr. 3 hours a way, a music festival/weekend away to name a few things in the past two months! I knew there was no hope so brought in containers. One for snacks, one for toys. They get scattered, I pick them up, they get scattered I pick them up, etc. I've gotten to leave a lot in there so I don't have to repack them all too. Like a diaper bag, stroller, suntan lotion, etc.

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  78. sounds like our van. the back seat of our van collects the random junk of life, comic books, ball caps, empty gatorade bottles, notebooks, candy wrappers etc. I keep a litter bag in the car so whenever, I have down time waiting in the car for the kids I do a quick clean up to try to keep on top of it.:)

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  79. my car is my nemesis too...but having a kid makes it so much harder to keep clean so I try not to stress about it... too much.

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  80. Well when at a long stop light use a wipey to clean dash and stering wheel,arm rest and cubby,clean out drink holders.Always have a plastic bag for garbage,and when you go into a store put it in garbage can. Use a lint roller to keep seats clean in between vaccuming. JUST A THOUGHT.

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  81. Well. This one was a scream. Here's a solution to car clutter. Be too poor to own two cars anymore, share one with your husband who is a Virgo (and as such, a neat---I did not say CLEAN---man) who has something to say if I even leave a TISSUE on the seat. (Okay, sometimes I do that just to get a rise out of him.) AND he doesn't want any kind of a trash holder in HIS car. (I've got news for him....Pennsylvania is a community property state!) So, sweetie, keep that car clean. Because things could be SO MUCH WORSE. You could have to share!

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  82. Oh, goodness. Well, at least I'm not the only one...right? My car's a MESS. It drives DH nuts, to the point where he hesitates to trade cars with me for a day when I need his. (He drives an SUV, I drive a Civic.)

    What a good self-challenge. Count me in!

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  83. Am I confused? In two pics, the car looks like it is a blue/gray color and in the last pic, it's red? It looks clean though. Just wondering...

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  84. Way to go! I'm a clean freak so my car is usually in great order - although I have tried to loosen up a bit now that I have a toddler. Seriously, kiddos can do some nice damage to the interior of a car. Augh. But I agree with you about feeling on top of the world when you have a clean car. There is no feeling like it.

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  85. I always make sure I take everything out of the car when I get out. Everything meaning cups, trash, food or store bought stuff. That helps me. It's like putting stuff back where it came from in the house. But I can't stand clutter in my car. And I remind hubby to grab stuff too, he doesn't in his car.

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  86. Uh, Luv...it's the same car. One picture is the bumper, which is metallic.

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  87. Oh the car. Its not usually my biggest problem, I force myself to bring in anything that I buy immediately. And then it lands on the giant floral chair right near the front door. And lives there for weeks. Shame.
    Our dog runs the backseat so it stays free of clutter, but we don't let any humans sit back there. Its dirty!!!!!

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  88. I absolutely loved this post. Maybe because you could easily be describing my car (and the size 2 moms at school)...Ah!

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  89. I can't stand a dirty car. I keep a basket for the kids by their seat to contain their stuff. I keep a little crate up front to contain ours (CD size). If I need to haul things somewhere or back into the house, I use a large canvas bag. When we go on trips, we have a trash can and store extra plastic bags in the bottom under the current so we can empty trash as needed when we fill up or stop. And when we're stateside, the kids have to help clean it out once a week.

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  90. Oh girl. I'm right there with you. I live in perpetual fear that I'll have to give someone a ride in my car before I have a chance to clean it out. The horrors!!!!

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  91. I am a clutterer, but i like to try to keep the car clean. my husband on the other hand.... he is a mess and he drives the car all the time so its always a complete disaster. like gross to get into. So often I get to go and clean it all out take it to a local car wash and have it clean inside and out (only $35cdn is so worth what the do). THEN it will stay clean for about... oh 2 days if I am lucky....

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  92. Oh I want to do this SOOO bad...My car is such a mess. I feel like maybe some kind of organization thing in the car will help. With kids probably not, but I can hope right. It's beautiful and hopefully I can get to my car this weekend with the temps dropping here in Ohio during the day. Enjoy the clean car!

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  93. Oh the car. . . I hate when the teachers/safety patrol open the door in school carpool. . and junk falls out. I have 3 things I try to do:

    1. everytime we pull in the driveway and come inside, each kid (I have 5) has to bring in 2 things from the car.

    2. When I stop to get gas, I and the kids collect the trash from the car and throw it away at the gas station. . I wish I could say we have a container for trash. . but we do not. . it ends up all over the van

    3. On Fridays, after school we all clean the car. . .everything out and I get the kids to vacuum (advantage of older kiddos!!)

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  94. A full car symbolizes a full life! A not so full car will get better gas mileage though....

    :)

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  95. Good job! This book has been real helpful to me in the battle with clutter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439149569/ref=s9_bbs_gw_d5_g14_ir03?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-7&pf_rd_r=1YFYHRBDXPKC401PENG7&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938451&pf_rd_i=507846

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  96. I have to laugh. Who knew there were so many of you? :-) I say that with love of course. I really don't care if someone else has a messy car (I have had friends apologise profusely for the state of their cars) but I just like to keep mine clean and don't really do much to work at it. Just take the rubbish out every time I get out and never let anyone drop stuff on the floor. Oh, I keep a plastic bag lined cereal dispenser (they have a nice big opening) that I use as a little bin on the floor between the two front seats. That helps too.

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  97. I love your blog. I look to it often for inspiration and humor. I am a mother with 6 kids and I also carpool. I drive a 15 passenger van and let me tell you it is like cleaning a second house. The worst is when I drop kids off at the school and out rolls a sippy cup, the family dog and papers from all the art work brought home from school. That is when I wave at MRS size 2 and say she must be staring at me because she is jealous. I have the best life full of laughte1r kisses and little dash of crazy. haha! REally my motto is please excuse the mess but we do live here. Life is not about living in a model home cuz models homes are gorgeous but STALE. Enjoy what you have and don't worry about mrs size 2. You are talented.

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  98. I'd been thinking about cleaning my car, but you inspired me to actually go out and do it. We spent lots of time traveling back and forth to the beach this summer, so I had all kinds of sand and 'stuff' in my car. Now it's squeeky clean - on the inside, at least!

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  99. oh this made me chuckle because i keep a very neat house, but my car? oh it's a sight to behold! i have about 6 empty starbucks coffee bags sitting in my trunk that i keep thinking one day i will return in exchange for a cup of coffee... lol

    i have a bag of diapers? why? i'm 28, single, no kids. oh man

    there's tissue paper, sunday school supplies... the list goes on and on

    so glad i'm not the only one who does this... on that note, maybe i should go clean it out? haha

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  100. My car is always a mess, too... and I have no little ones to blame (not yet, anyway). Since I am a teacher readying my classroom for September, my ride is currently full of school paraphernalia... Something I have learned to do is to clean out cup holders, glove compartements, etc while my husband is driving... a little muti-tasking if you will.

    P.S. I just discovered your blog and absolutely love it! Your decor ideas inspire me. I recently mentioned one of your ideas on my own blog.

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  101. Yes, I have a very clean car. I'm over the top when it comes to not having junk in my car. The cardinal rule is that EVERYthing must be taken out of the car when we get out of it. I'm a serious nazi about it. LOL

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  102. Hmmm....I do believe I have a new project to tackle tonight...

    I've been thinking about cleaning the car for a long time though - thanks for the inspiration!

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  103. for years i had to keep my car cleaned for clients, but these days, it's usually full of sand!

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  104. Ha, amateurs. :) Before I was laid off, I enjoyed (?) a two-hour commute every day, and usually had lunch in my car to escape from the office people (and to work on a craft project). Also, I tend to "hide" things in the car--the new yarn I don't really want my husband to see, the box of toys that I can't let my kid see or otherwise they will come right back out of the box and never go to Goodwill. You know. And so the car slowly silted up, day after day. Since it was gradual, I managed to ignore the fact that it looked like it belonged in an episode of Hoarders. Anyway, the breaking point came when I was pulled over (never did find out WHY I was pulled over... the cops here have ugly car prejudice). And I just knew my insurance card and registration were in a pink folder on the passenger side. But the debris on that side was level with, and overflowing INTO, the passenger seat. We will not discuss the condition of the back seat. After fruitlessly searching for cards for HALF AN HOUR, enduring the policeman's disgusted looks and the howling of a small child, I ended up with a huge horrible fine for failure to carry insurance/registration and a lecture on "I should have your, uh, VEHICLE towed, but since you have a small child, I'm going to let you off this time, provided you go directly home and don't put this junk heap on the street again until you can find your documents."

    Aaagh. That was so embarrassing (and expensive) that I added "remove crap from car" to my weekly to-do list. My car now is not exactly CLEAN, but I know exactly what's in it, where it is, and I can SEE every inch of the floorboards, crumbs and all. I still cringe every time I see that policeman, though.

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  105. I commute an hour and a half twice a day to and from work....I just don't give a crap how many empty dunkin bags there are in the car....I just day dream about having a clean car...maybe the clean car fairy will grace me with her presence ;o) Best of luck tho.

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  106. I didn't know I could adore you any more? but your car and it's crap, sealed the deal, we are kindred spirits.

    When my kids open up the doors to get out, stuff falls out and then of course rolls under the car.

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  107. I loved this post! Especially the picture with all of the captions...my bumper on the van looks the same! It's been hit THREE times in 7 years, and only one of those was my fault.

    My van isn't usually too messy, but I'm totally guilty of piling things in the house, and those piles stay so long that I stop seeing them. Ugh..must tackle that soon!

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  108. My car's hardly ever "clean" but it's always clutter-free. I've just got this routine that works well for me now that I've made it a habit. On Mondays (my errand day) I fill the car with gas and while the gas pumps, I gather any trash that hasn't made it in and throw it in the barrel at the gas pumps. Anything that isn't trash but doesn't belong in the car goes in a little crate I keep in the rear of the car (I drive a big ol' gas guzzling SUV so no "trunk"). My next stop is the grocery store. The groceries go in the back along with the crate of stuff to take inside, so it's all there together to unload when I get home. And *blamo* clutter-free car.

    But clean? Nope. Not hardly. I live in a rural area and my car spends a lot of time on dirt roads or even off the road in a dirty cotton field. Which means a lot of dirt and dust inside and out. Sometimes when I'm waiting for the kids to get out of school I'll take a paper towel and wipe down the dust-covered dash and steering wheel. And about four times a year I run it through the car wash and vacuum. Usually all that cleaning lasts at most 48 hours.

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  109. I bougth some paint samples when my car was brand new to me and the paint person didn't *quite* seal the lid so I've had a spot of orange paint on gray backseat for over a year.


    the key for me for clutter is multiple bins.

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  110. Reading this post makes me happy/relieved that I'm not the only one with "piles" and my car looks like that too almost all the time!

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  111. This is pretty motivational. I have a giant tub sitting in the middle of my living room to remind me to gather stuff up for Goodwill. Going on 5 days now, it's been sitting there ... you reminded me how frigging awesome it feels to Get Stuff Done.

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  112. My husband has always been ashamed of my cars. When it's time for him to trade one in, he takes it to get massively clean before it goes to the dealership to be cleaned by them. He says they just need to be totaled.

    Well, when I got my latest car, I decided we had a new rule, me and the four kids: NOTHING would stay in the car when we got out. NOTHING! It was so lovely for awhile. It's been several months and it looks a bit messy, but most of it is my stuff, not their's! And it's not as bad as it has been in the past.

    So that's my recommendation: NOTHING stays in the car when you get out! NOTHING!!

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  113. I use to be the same way... Until we had an emergency and had to take people in MY car. How embarrassing. On top of that we were worried we might not have enough gas.Now every Friday is clean out the car and put gas in it day!!

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  114. I can so realate to that! My son just started kindergarten and is now old enough to be in the "kiss and go" lane at school (*aka* carpool). So what did I do last weekend? Clean out my filthy car. When my husband came out and asked me what I was doing, I told him I couldn't have all the teachers opening up the door for our son and seeing how filthy the car was! :)

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  115. OH my word Sarah! My car is a disaster and I struggle so much keeping it cleaned out. You just made me feel so much more normal...so thank you! :) XO

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  116. My car was driving me crazy about a week ago and I cleaned out the interior (haven't been brave enough to tackle the trunk yet!). What was bothering me the most was all the "crud" that had taken up residence in the console - probably renmants of trips thru the fast food drive-thru. You know stuff that was moist, then dried, then more moist cruddy stuff on top of it - you get the picture. Anyway, those Pledge Multi-Purpose wipes are terrific at getting rid of that stuff. I just wipe and (for the really nasty stuff)I just leave a wipe over the top of it for a few minutes and wipe a little harder. So far everything comes up! It also takes dust, etc. off the dashboard, the instrument panel, etc. Just makes the interior look MUCH cleaner and is easy. Those wipes and a plastic bag to gather all the trash made a world of difference! Now for the trunk. . .
    Kasey in North Carolina

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  117. I love your site... i check in a few times a day and have gotten so many good ideas... thank you!

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  118. I'm SO the same. My husband always laughs that I'm obsessed about the house being just right but my car is a whole different story!! I always blame the kids, but we know it's me. And I SO know what you are saying when you get it vacuumed out--it's an awesome feeling!!

    last year we pulled out all the carpet and installed a vinyl kit. You could seriously hose that baby out now. there is no more funky french fry/sour sippy smell in there. i love it.

    I also put in two of those big plastic drawers. one for toys/books/shoes. another for first aide, water, meds, diapers and wipes. I always have a bag of clothes packed--change of clothes, pj's and swimsuits. it's been a HUGE help! Cause when we pass by the park with the choreographed fountain--it's fun to know i'm covered!!

    with soccer, church and plain old errands it's a HUGE help to stay organized!!! Thanks (as always) for being real and letting us in....

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  119. I'm actually freakish about keeping my car clean ... er, neat. Clean is another story. To corral all the retail store coupons, breath mints, hand sanitizer, mini lint roller and other small items, I keep a small bin on the floor behind my seat. If it doesn't fit in there, it doesn't stay in the car. In the trunk, I keep a stash of reusable bags for the grocery, plus anything that needs to be returned. Other than that, nothing stays.

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  120. So my house is not neat like I would like it, and not decorated nice/stylishly like yours (YET-working on it!) but my car is neat! Makes me feel better to realize I am ok in one dept. (Wish I could say I was also a size 2, but no can do.)

    I vacuum it out fairly frequently, but it doesn't get dirty too fast. I love no stones at all on my carpet! (especially for long trips.) Once in awhile I dust and windex everything/every spot.

    I also have a "bring everything with you EACH time you come in the house" rule. [for myself and passengers.]

    My dh's vehicle------OH MY WORD. So when he borrows my car I usually have to clean up something after him. Church bulletin, coins, today it was a coffee cup. A COFFEE cup??! Really? Why doesn't he just look around before exiting car and bring anything he sees with him? Seeing trash in my car is horrifying to me. And I don't 'do' coins in the ashtray like he does. And if trash gets put in the ashtray, (yes, even a straw wrapper or tissue) it goes with me to throw out when I get home. I have also been known to carry trash from car to dispose of at my destination if it has an outside receptacle, usually supermarket, & the gas station as others suggest. I don't eat a lot of fast food, so that probably cuts down on rubbish.

    Another thought is to get into the habit of putting that napkin, store list or whatever inside any bag (Goodwill, hardware store, whatever) that you purchased that day & cart it all indoors when you get home.

    My car always has my reusable water cup n straw in the console with a spare gallon of water to fill it (I drink a lot), a box of tissues, and in the back I have a nylon cooler, & foldable shopping tote that has my reusable shopping bags in it. Anything else in my car is out of sight in a console or something. I think I present a neat appearance, maybe not, but it feels neat to me. That's what matters I guess! And I'm not embarrassed when I open a hatch or door!

    Good job, you. And thanks for showing us the stash..so good for me to see that even very talented professional designers are real people. :) Chrissy

    ps - I was not trying to compete w/Mallory @ Classy Clutter for longest comment award. Ug.

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  121. OMGosh I'm reading your post and thinking I'm reading a post of myself. I also have a pre-k kiddo. So I ask is it their stuff or ours? When they trash it and leave their toys in our cars does it make us feel like we can too. Regardless it's a MESS!! Well I got a new car last week and the new rule is "if you bring it in you take it out". It's been 9 days and it's been pretty successful. But I've been telling myself the rule so I don't clutter it myself. Good luck and keep us updated =)
    taniamb(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  122. Oh I am so with you. Mine is a mess and it needs an intervention. Here is my inspiration to declutter and keep it clean this time: I was at a conference and one of men there was telling about his wife and daughter getting in a terrible car accident (but they were okay). He said the next time he opened the back of their other vehicle the first thing he saw was the tools and stuff he was keeping in the back and that he just about lost it imagining his daughter in a wreck with a huge flying wrench. So then I immediately thought about how most of the driving time in our family is with our 3 yr old, 2 yr old and baby in tow. The thought of my crap becoming flying projectiles hitting my babies- even a small object in a high speed or rollover accident could be terrible... those are not good thoughts. So anyhow, of course it's horrible to think about a worst case scenario like that, but it's just another good reason to keep a clean car. I hope it can help me stay neat! ;)

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