BE -> DO -> HAVE
That said, although I'm no "Get-It-Done Guy" or "Tip Junkie", I still like to give some good
This is for you if you could feed a small country with the Cheerios, french fries and other snacks on the floor of your
If this is you or you know anyone who fits one (or more) of the above descriptions, there is hope.
The key thing to remember is that it's all about routine.
Yes there are fancy bins and "systems" for keeping the car tidy, but my experience is that these only serve to create more nooks and crannies for the junk.
Personally, it helps me to have a frequent trigger for getting the crap out of the car on a habitual basis.
For example, sometimes I stop at Dunkin Donuts to get a coffee for my ride to work. As I approach the drive-thru, I stop at the convenient giraffe-like barrels to discard old coffee cups or plastic bottles I may have collected in prior days.
When I get gas, I empty the car of any other trash. Lately it's LOTS of tissues thanks to all the sniffles going around. If the kids are in the car, they are part of the process. While I am pumping gas (and using more tissues to dry my tears over the $4 per gallon), they unbuckle and go on "the hunt." Sometimes I give prizes. If I'm not in a huge rush, I shake out the floor mats real quick as well.
When we get home, the kids know they must carry in everything which belongs to them. This includes artwork, bags, half-empty (or half-full) juice boxes, sweaters, toys, balls, shoes, cups, hats and fencing swords. Everything.
Just like the toys and stuff on the floor at home: If I am the one who has to pick up an item, I get to determine it's destiny.
My poor son has learned the hard way that I'm not bluffing. (Though I do feel just a tiny bit guilty for throwing away his precious snowman picture, he is exponentially more diligent ever since.)
If you don't have kids, then parent yourself and do a quick "clean sweep" every time you go into the house or the office. What's ten extra seconds a day towards respecting such an investment?
Like life, you may not be able to prevent the crap from getting in there, but good habits and healthy routines will keep it from piling up and creating an overwhelming mess.
Photo credit for "trash car": Robyn Miller from Dinosaurs and Robots