"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." - Mother Teresa

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Car Care

Why am I blogging? I have too much to do, and this is totally a non-essential topic! However, I am an addict.

I was cleaning the car out today, and decided it was time to replenish my car kit. I am quite fortunate to own a van with space under the seats. Just pop up the floorboard, and there is all this nice extra storage space. So, a couple of months ago I decided to start utilizing the space. Under one seat I have:

  1. A sweatshirt for each member of the family (yes, we live in the Pacific Northwest, they are essential even in JULY!)
  2. A Moby wrap
  3. A change of pants and underwear for the three boys
  4. Juice boxes
  5. Water
  6. Snack bag - nuts, granola bars, fiber bars and fruit snacks
  7. Quaker Oat chips
  8. Monkey backpacks (leashes) for Paul and Brigham
  9. Sunscreen
  10. Antibacterial wipes
  11. Diapers
  12. Changing pad and
  13. Bags for dirty diapers, wet clothes, etc.

When I am really on top of things, I replenish the kit every week or so. I find that having all of this stuff in the car saves me a lot of hassle. When it is time to go, I can usually pick up and go without having to take an extra 15 minutes to get stuff together. And, having the stuff I need keeps whining to a more manageable level. I wish I would have thought of this years ago!


Celeste said...

That's such a great idea! We have space in the middle of our spare tire that we've put a blanket and firstaid kit in, but I really like the idea of having more there!

Jen said...

Thank you for such a great idea! I love that you stock all those items each week, use them, and replenish. Such a great idea! It drives Mike crazy with how long it takes me to pack up the car, but with two little ones...HELLO! (He doesn't have a clue what all is involved!!) I am so excited to implement this...THANK YOU. You are SO on top of things, Tara - you amaze me :)