–By Rene Tyson–Let’s be honest. We all make assumptions about others based on first impressions and others make assumptions about us. If it is within our control, why not make it easy for people to assume nice things about us?
Last week I pulled up to the school to drop my children off and a pop can rolled out the door as they were climbing out…uh-oh. Warning sign! A quick glance in the back seat told me that I have been neglecting my car lately. Fortunately, this is a temporary situation and no longer a lifestyle!
When I was a child, every single time we got home from being out, my mom would say, “Kids, take everything from the car and bring it into the house.” I HATED that! I don’t know why it bugged me so much. So when I began to drive, I never did that. My car was full of stuff constantly: books, papers, clothes, dishes–you name it! Keeping a spotless car just didn’t seem important to me. Then when I was 24, I started working at a job where I called on my customers at their homes. They would regularly see the inside of my car. I always dressed nicely but I knew that their opinion of my “hygiene” habits might be based on the state of my car, which was bad for business. Why would they trust me to take good care of them if I can’t even take care of my car? I knew something had to change.
I like to make little rules and habits that are easy to implement into every day life. Here are a few that will help your car to stay fairly clean on a regular basis:
- Keep one laundry basket or bin for people to put their randomness into while on the road. Two if you have kids in sports.
- Bring EVERYTHING from the car into the house EVERY TIME you get home. (Thank you, MOM, for THAT tip! Now that I care, I use it, and it really works!
- Keep wipes in the glove compartment to get quick spills and grimy fingerprints.
- Wipe the dashboard at stoplights.
- Pay your kids to vacuum once/week.
- Once a month (or more if you find the time), schedule 10-20 minutes to do a quick vacuum/wipe-down/car wash.
Voila! Do these things and your face will never be hot with embarrassment over your car’s appearance ever again. Now the screaming children in the car is a whole different matter…
PS: If you google, “Images of moms with kids in cars,” then you will get pictures like this:
All the pictures were of happy people. Happy moms, happy kids, happy dogs, neat and clean and perfect. happy happy happy. Ironically, This particular picture is advertising a kid-transport service! Ha!
Get someone else’s car messy, kids!
Credit for pictures: www.instamotor.com/blog/clues-its-time-for-a-new-car, http://www.hopskipdrive.com