This week The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are discussing how large families keep their vehicles clean.
I really can't wait to see what the rest of The 4 Moms team says about this one, because, while I am gifted in certain areas - winning staring contests being one - this area is definitely not it.
For instance, I can show you how to get 7 kids buckled up in under a minute , or how to keep 8 kids occupied in the van while on a road trip , but if you have seen the condition of my van recently, you know keeping it clean is a struggle for me.
At one time, I had "van clean-up" on this list of daily chores , which rotated among the older children. For some reason, which I cannot recall, that chore seems to have rotated itself right out the door.
Which I am regretting right about now, just like I regret it every time I happen to take a peek at the back bench seats in the van and say something to the effect of, "WHAT has been going on back here? Are we now a family of raccoons? Are we saving gum wrappers and straw trash for any particular reason? And WHAT in the WORLD is up with all these socks??? NO WONDER we can't find matching pairs!"
Currently, my van cleaning system consists of:
- Reminding the kids every time we exit the vehicle to pick up anything that belongs to them.
- Freaking out when I am getting the van packed to go on a trip because I realize they haven't been doing #1 above.
But as of this very moment, I am resolved to add "Van Clean Out" back into the chore rotation, because I am remembering far fewer freak outs and raccoon DNA questioning sessions back in the good old days when it was cleaned out daily.
Do you hear me kids? Get ready to pick up those sucker sticks!