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life throws you a curve ball you end up spending a whole lot of time
in your car driving around with the back seat full of miscellaneous stuff.
been following along in our wedding planning journey, then you know that my
living arrangements at the moment are a little flip-floppy. My apartment lease expired in March and my parents allowed me to move back
home for the remaining months before our wedding so I
wouldn’t have to sign a new lease.
all of my stuff to Houston house on my birthday weekend (super fun) and we
moved me, my toiletries, and clothes to my parents. It has been such a
tremendous blessing to stay at their house but it has had its challenges. I
keep getting ready and not having elements of my wardrobe – I needed a scarf
and it is at Houston’s. I needed a necklace for a date night dinner and it was
at my parent’s. I cannot WAIT for me and all my belongings to be in one place again!
biggest adjustments is being further away from Houston’s house again. It was so
convenient to live 12 minutes away for the year in my studio apartment and I am
NOT enjoying the 40 minute drive right now. – Especially since I am generally
tired on the way home and struggling to stay awake (cue some Disney soundtracks and
seems like there is a never-ending pile of stuff in the back of my car. This is
really a problem since I have a tiny 2-door hatchback with practically no
trunk. Gym bag, wedding decor, computer printer, you name it and I have been
carting it around town and in-between places. I have had more than one
co-worker comment about the quantity of stuff they can see through the windows of my car in the
keeping my car clean hasn’t been easy with everything stuffed in the back, but I have managed to at least keep it smelling clean
with Yankee Candle® air fresheners! Side note: why do moving boxes smell so
terrible? They are especially horrible when they have been in my car for more
than a day in the hot Southern California sun. Yuck.
- I keep a
paper grocery bag (don’t worry it gets recycled) in the back seat as a catch
all for my empty water bottles. – Then I recycle those bottles.
- Re-use a grocery bag as a trash bag – empty regularly!
- Leave a tote
bag, or two, in the car so when stuff begins to accumulate (I am looking at
you, six pairs of shoes) it is easy to throw them in the tote and haul them in
the house where they belong. – But be sure to actually put them away and not leave
them in the tote bag on the floor for a week (#guilty).
fragrances from Yankee Candle® air fresheners to eliminate the boxes/shoes/I-ate-in-my-car, smells.
- Stop by the
do-it-yourself car wash on a day where the mountains of stuff is particularly
small and vacuum that mess. My center console and floor mats are notorious for
being filled with crumbs, bobby pins and french fry crumbs.
I picked up my Yankee Candle® Air Fresheners from my local Walmart on the automotive aisle (not in the home section) – you know, the aisle that smells like car tires. The air fresheners were located on the end of the aisle and easy to spot with the help of the aisle signs.
I purchased the Yankee Candle® Smart Scent Vent Clip and I love how it keeps my car smelling fresh without being too over-powering like some of the other car fragrances I have used in the past. It clips onto the vents right above my stereo and has a clear cover that easily shows me when I need to replace it. – But, be sure to read the instructions very carefully so you clip it the correct way and it doesn’t fall into your Del Taco while you’re eating lunch.
I also bought the Yankee Candle® Car Jar Ultimate Car Freshener because I thought it was too adorable! It is a serious improvement from the pine tree shaped air fresheners I used to get at the car wash. I mean, it looks just like a tiny Yankee Candle® Jar! Marketing at its finest, people. Just make sure you read the instructions and the jar doesn’t obstruct your view while you’re driving. Safety first! With a price tag of under five dollars, I was tempted to buy a bunch of them at one time and make a stockpile.
So, if my car can’t look clean and I am driving back and forth to work at least I can close my eyes (in the parking lot, of course) and escape to a tropical beach for a couple seconds and enjoy that my car smells clean!