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If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know that I tend to talk about my cars from time to time. Between the two of them, they’ve gotten me through some tough stuff. I love my babies–Cali and Bonnie–and because of that, I try to do my best when it comes to taking care of them. But truth be told, most of the time I suck at this. Like recently, when I happened to glance up at the sticker on my windshield and found out that it had been over 5 months since Cali’s last oil change. That, and the fact that I’d driven more than 1000 miles over her last oil change limit, had me feeling like I was neglecting my baby. Not to mention the atrocity that was her inside. Yuck. Moms, you know what I’m talking about. My backseat is forever the place of no return.
Now, I don’t know about you, but clutter, dirtiness, and disorder disrupt my zen like nothing else. When my home or car is cluttered, so is my mind and so are my emotions. I can’t deal!! So, in an attempt to save myself (and my family) from myself, I contacted my local Walmart’s Automotive Care Center to schedule an oil change.
Once I was all scheduled, and before leaving Cali in the (I’m sure) capable hands of the attendant, I specified that I needed Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle oil (for cars with over 75,000 miles) because well, Cali is on the road A LOT. My road trip baby, she and I will hit the road at the drop of a dime. So I have to make sure that she’s always road ready. This means that the oil she gets completely protects her engine, cleans out the sludge from lesser oils, and provides enough lubrication to protect from metal on metal friction. Plus, it needs to allow me to drive a little bit longer, like 550 miles longer…because I’m never on time with these maintenance things. And you guessed it…Pennzoil does all of that. So yeah…Pennzoil it was.
The good thing about having your car serviced at Walmart is the fact that you can get so much done at one time. While my car was being pampered, I decided that I would pamper myself and get a pedicure. Kudos to the Walmarts with nail salons! While the technician slathered lotion and massaged my feet, before painting them Easter purple, I had time to think. Even with Pennzoil’s High Mileage Vehicle oil, which is designed for high mileage vehicles, I needed to do more to keep my car in good running condition. Under the hood, that meant regular (and on-time) oil changes, but inside the car, it meant keeping it clean…even with a sticky-handed 6 year-old in it. So while getting my feet worked on, I made a list of a few things I could do to keep my car clean.
A Busy Mom’s Tips/Tricks/Hacks for Keeping Your Car Clean
- Keep a small bag or container in your car for trash
- Consider a glove box organizer for your insurance card, registration, and other important paperwork
- When pumping gas or going through the drive thru at fast food joints, use that as a time to get rid of any loose trash like receipts, wrappers, or cups.
- If you have to sit in the “after school pick up line” like I do on some days, use that time to wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, cup holders, radio deck, etc.
- Institute an “in with you, out with you” rule. If you bring it in the car, you’re responsible for taking it out. No more toys, books, or basketball shoes left in my car. I’m looking at you, Hubz.
- Keep it organized.
Keeping my car organized is, by far, the most difficult thing on this list for me. That’s especially the case for my trunk since I drive a hatchback. But I’m working on it and right now, it’s looking good.
Now, my car is clean, has some fresh oil running through it, and is organized. And I got a pedicure. Sanity saved.
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