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Sadly, unless your children are thinking of leaving home anytime soon, you’re stuck with looking at a sea of clutter every time you open the car. Below we’ve put together a top 10 list of items that are commonly found in a family car. But do let us know if we’ve left anything out!
No matter where you go, if you have small children you are never more than a few metres away from a raisin. Raisins can be an absolute godsend for keeping toddlers quiet during a shopping trip, or coffee stop, but somehow they manage to find themselves just about everywhere, including your car. They get into every nook and cranny you can possibly imagine, and no, a simple valet just doesn’t cut the mustard.
If your child uses a soother, they will more than likely have the strong urge to spit it out every five minutes, especially when you’re driving. The problem is, you can never actually find where they’ve spat it. After relentless screaming, you’ll stop the car to hunt for the said soother, only to return to the wheel in despair. Yet, whenever you attempt to clean your car, you can guarantee that at least one of those soothers will rear its ugly head.
The classic bribe for a long journey, (or any length of journey if your day’s not going the way you’d hoped). You produce a packet of sweets and kindly ask your darling children to put the wrappers in the side door bin. But ultimately, you could be talking to a brick wall, the chances are your car will be pleasantly decorated in sticky sweet wrappers for at least a month.
I have absolutely no idea why children like to take their socks off in the car, but let’s just accept that they do, and unfortunately, socks have a habit of getting lost. The key is to find them before the smell becomes overwhelming.
Toys are the classic car companion for children, and let’s face it, we all end up giving in and letting them come along for the sake of an easy ride. The problem is, when small parts of the toy get lost en route you’ll find yourself peering into places you wished you hadn’t to try to pluck them out.
This is one item you can’t blame on the kids, but if it wasn’t for the fact you’ve barely had time to get dressed (let alone enjoy a sip of coffee), the best travel companion for busy parents is a polystyrene coffee cup. When you’ve been up since 4am, you’ll need it more than any other item!
Okay, this might seem like the strangest of items to find in your car, but we all know how TV remotes have a habit of disappearing just at the crucial moment, so why not consider your car as the best hiding place?
Children have a bad habit of drinking a drink from a carton and then throwing it on the floor, and if its half full you’ll find yourself scraping sweet wrappers off the carpet from amongst the sticky mess that resembles old juice remnants.
Stickers just get everywhere, they plague your house from top to bottom, and when the little darlings are done with your walls, they move on to your car. I particularly love the stickers that simply don’t come off, no matter how hard you try, you’d have more success with superglue.
In general, most things you find in any car are sticky. The stickiness seems to breed in a family car and covers every item you can think of. The worst thing about sticky items is not knowing what the stickiness is, and having to lower yourself to actually sniff it and try to decide what exactly you have in store to clean off.