As most of you know, I had a car accident a few weeks ago that totaled my car. I've always heard to wear clean underwear in case you get in a wreck, but no one told me to keep my car clean. (Um, yes that is my responsibility and I should know better.) I was mortified when I had to transfer all my belongings at the scene of the accident. They towed the car to the body shop and when the owner called me to let me know it had arrived, he apologized that he was at lunch and didn't contact me sooner. I said, "It's too bad you spent money on lunch, I probably had enough fries, cheerios, dried fruit, and peanut butter sandwiches on the floor of my car to feed the whole office--haha." It really wasn't funny.
We have a different car now and new rules. The kiddoes are learning to take everything in the house when they get out of the car and we're learning that trash doesn't go on the floor. We've added a twice montly car wash to the budget and our local car wash includes free vacuum and window wipes--yay.
I used to think that washing my car was a waste of money, but after premature rust on our last vehicle I learned it's part of taking care of my property. I found a bunch of fun tutorials to help me keep my car clean. Check these out:
I've seen lots of car organizers, but this one from Alicia at the Mayfly is the best of them all. The pockets are thoughtfully sized to hold common items and the bottom is attached to the car seat to keep it from swinging around when passengers slide past. It's on my must sew list. Click here https://www.themayfly.com/weblog/2007/10/the_car_organizer_howto.html to get the instrustions. While you're there poke around a little. She lives in Kansas City too, but we've never met yet. I bet we'd be great friends.
This next tutorial for a car visor cd holder is from Puking Pastilles. What a fun way to use up leftover scraps of fabric and keep your cds where you can find them easily! Check out her blog https://pukingpastilles.com/?p=517 for instructions. She has lots of other fabulous posts too.
And then there's solutions for trash!
Make it and Love it has simple instructions for this little beauty. With a trash holder like this you can put one on the back of every seat.
This one from A spoonful of sugar Girls uses an old margarine tub to secure a shopping bag as a liner. It's genuis!
I'm going to develop my own pattern for a facial tissue pattern that attaches to the car visor. It will hold FULL SIZE tissues. Am I the only one that gets annoyed at how much those little travel pouches of tissues cost? And they aren't soft at all. We keep a box of tissues in our car but it seems to float around, gets stepped on and even finds its way under the driver's seat. It's almost like a pet. If you see a tutorial like that let me know--it will save me some time--grin.
How do you keep your car clean? Add your tips as a comment to this post.