Summer is right around the corner, and with summer comes vacations and trips to the beach. It's virtually impossible to keep a minivan clean throughout the summer months.
Scratch that. It's virtually impossible to keep a minivan clean during all months, but summer adds several elements that you don't get in the winter -- sand, dirt, grass, pine cones, and the small bugs and earth worms that your children discover and want to bring home as pets. You know the gig.
Given this, I appreciate shortcuts that help to keep matters in a semi-organized state.
If you're headed to the beach this summer and carting an assortment of shovels, pails, and sand toys with you, here's a tip to keep them nicely corralled and easy to clean:
Buy a mesh laundry bag. They're cheap, lightweight, and hold an impressive amount of stuff. Plus, when the vacation is finished you can hose off the entire bag, let it dry, shake any lingering sand from the toys, and then toss the bag into the back of the minivan.
Think of it as a form of conservation. If we all do our part to keep the sand at the beaches instead of in our vehicles, we parents can single-handedly fight coastal erosion.
And you never thought a mesh laundry bag could be this environmentally friendly, did you?