I'm quite organized in some ways, but cleaning is one of those things I prefer to keep irregular and unpremeditated. Like getting pulled over or called in for jury duty.
However, I took one look at our van and decided that like it or not, it was time to do some spring cleaning.
I wish I had some pictures of our van at its most sparkling clean to prove to you and the caseworkers at Child Protective Services that we don't always live this way, but I unfortunately didn't have my camera with me the one time that happened.
The problem, though, is that every time I clean out my car — just like every time I clean out my purse — I always regret it bitterly afterward. We're driving down the freeway and kids are freaking out because they need water or toys or a freaking one-man-band to entertain them, which of course I just removed.
My kids are actually happier when the car looks this way, because it has everything we need.
But anyway, we're cleaning it, for better or for worse.
There are actually two methods for doing this.
One way is to gradually move things out by asking each kid to take 5 things with them every time they get out of the car. In theory, we should be able to see the floor again in 3 or 4 weeks. The other way is to just put in earplugs to block out the whining and force everyone to help me do it all at once.
We chose all at once, because otherwise the kids just drag twice as many things into the car in the first place to compensate.
Plus, is it really even spring cleaning it it's not a huge, inconvenient ordeal you can take pictures of and complain about on your blog?
It took a little while, but 2 baby dolls, a pair of pink Dora Crocs, 2 jackets, 3 water bottles, 4 picture books, 1 American Girl doll dress, a bunch of toys, 3 pens, 6 pencils, assorted food wrappers/bowls/Ziploc bags, and a 100-year-old oak tree's worth of coloring pages later, we were done.
Oh, and then there was this, which I'd somehow failed to notice for however long it had been staring up at me every time I drove anywhere.
|Being a mom is weird.|
All in all, I'm glad we did it. Now we just need to vacuum.
Eh, maybe next spring. No need to go crazy about this.
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