My minivan is an extension of the garage, attic and basement I don’t have (or as someone said long ago on that PBS Car Shop radio program - Click and Clack brothers - her VW bug trunk is an extension of her purse - always liked that quip).
I have small kids in there enough that crumbs and other odds and ends, trash, etc. get everywhere
No way to vacuum it here at the apartment building since I don’t own a battery operated hand held vac (so I sweep it but that doesn’t work as well)
Rules say we can’t wash the car in the parking lot which sucks.
@Kidsandliz Yeah. I don’t have a purse, or kids, but mine serves as similar. It’s all the shit I may need when out of the house. The one thing that actually stuck from boy scouts, always be prepared.
I’m also lazy so the passenger side floor ends up as my garbage bin
@spitfire6006006 I have a really nice IKEA really really bendy laundry basket that fits on the floor of the passenger side. I put crap in there that I want up front and then it is easy to move it out of the way if I need to have a passenger in front (good thing the kids are too little to sit there LOL).
@Kidsandliz i love car talk! they still play reruns here every weekend. i also know how you feel - i live in an apartment so no way to vacuum here. we could wash it but the hose isn’t long enough (and i’m not doing anything nice for my landlord rn like buying a better one with my own money) and the neighbor kids are usually playing out there anyway. with the pandemic i hate to disrupt them and send them back inside. also as an apartment dweller there’s things i keep in my trunk that i’d otherwise store in a garage or basement, like cleaners, spare parts, oil/antifreeze, a bunch of clothes to donate…it’s organized but, it’s still there.
My daily is so bad right now that having a passenger would require prep time first. I was thinking I’ll probably clean it out tomorrow, unless it’s really hot out. But half the stuff in it is work related and really needs to come out at my office and not at home. If I got pulled over and the law wanted to search my car, it could be an all day affair and I might see some stuff and go “oh, that’s where that went”. If a thief broke in they may make off like a bandit or just be overwhelmed and think it’s so much crap it’s a waste of time.
I am far more successful at policing the fun car. Nothing stays in it but the phone cables. All trash immediately comes out when I get home if not at a trash can along the way. Any paperwork or work equipment comes with me because I know I probably won’t have that car with me next time I need that stuff. I think there may still be a hammock in the trunk from when we went to a cabin and I thought I might get to hang out in it, but other than that it’s pretty spotless.
So I know it can be done, and that I am capable of it, but I nope out of keeping crap out of the one I’m in all the time because of either laziness or convenience.
there’s nothing in my car like…that just needs to be thrown away or organized if that makes sense? like the seats and floor are all bare, and i’m pretty neurotic about not having anything extra in the car. however…it hasn’t been vacuumed in a hundred years and really needs it. also, this car is different from my old one where the texture of the dashboard & stuff is like that orange peel kind? instead of smooth? and it always looks dirty/dusty and i hate it. my partner and i are going to pay to get the whole thing detailed as a gift to ourselves because it has been bothering me since i got it.
Going to buy a new car in two weeks and I already know the trade in for my car is laughable. I mean, it’s a 2004 Saturn with a damaged bumper and check engine light, let’s not forget the hole in the subframe or the crack in the windshield. So needless to say I keep the trash out but no point in dusting at this point in the game