Creating Good Habits: Maintaining Our Vehicles

Since blogging about things helps keep me held accountable, I’m trying to add a new task each week that I’d like to work on. This week, I am going to work on a creating a good habit of maintaining our vehicles. Now by maintaining them, I’m not only referring to the regular required “under the hood” things but also just keeping the interior of the vehicle clean and organized.

I always did a pretty good job of keeping all of my vehicles clean. Then came the kids. :) Typically after we get back home, it’s quite a feat to get both kids inside and then carry in anything we may have bought, along with all the kids little things they bring with them like blankets and stuffies. Sometimes, the toys they play with don’t get put back away or some drinks get left in there, etc.

So this week, I’m going to get a few things organized and clean and do what I can to keep it that way. I need to find a safe toy/book bucket that will fit between the two car seats so we can have a place to store travel items. And I think I’m going to get a bag that will hold some small garbage bags. This way I can do a quick pick-up before getting the kids out, saving me an extra trip.

When it comes to the “under the hood” stuff. My hubby is usually in charge of that. But I can do my share by keeping our oil changes logged on the calendar to make appointments for them.

I do need to make a checklist to make sure I have everything to “winterize” them. I already know that mine needs a new ice scraper and an “emergency kit.” This is something I try to keep on hand every winter. It holds little things like crackers, a blanket, etc. I also usually have a 12V Electric Blanket (sold at JC Whitney) for those long colder trips. I love these—and they make great gifts, too!

So this week, I’m going to get our vehicles cleaned up, organized and ready for winter. Taking care of your vehicles is a great way to extend the life of them–and maintain a great trade-in value later. I hope you’ll join me in creating this good habit, too. Love to hear your progress!