An overlooked part of housekeeping is car keeping. Most housekeepers, be they bachelors and bachelorettes, housewives or househusbands, will run a car. Even if they don’t, there’s a high probability that someone else in the household owns and runs a car. However we tend to view the car maintenance and care as a separate thing to the household, the exclusive property and duty of the owner, rather than a shared commodity and space that needs to be kept in order.
Just as a housekeeper may clean their partner’s office or help them tidy up the gym after a workout, a housekeeper can help with the maintenance of the car by providing a kit that the driver can keep in the boot in case they need anything in particular.
If you are not the main driver, make sure to speak with the car owner about what they use in their car, what they would like to have and what they find themselves running out of. Feel free to make suggestions once they are done to ensure that everything has been accounted for, but don’t push anything on them they may not find useful. That said, here are my suggestions.
1: The bag.
I would say something heavy duty. Compartments aren’t essential as long as everything that stains or smells is well-sealed, which it should be anyway. A plastic tote bag, that has strong handles, can be easily moved from car to car and that you only need to glance into to see what you have, is ideal.
2: The cleaning products.
Cars need to be cleaned. All sorts of spills happen in them, dirt gets trodden in and the usual dust accumulates. So having some cleaning products in the car is useful.
-window cleaner and sponge
-de-icer (lemon and vinegar water is fine)
3: The paintwork.
Paintwork can be chipped or damaged. Previously damaged paintwork or paint on older cars needs attention for possible rust damage and fading.
–straight-to-rust spray paint in the right colour
4: The patching.
All cars start accumulating damage eventually. Everything from chipped mirrors to torn seats. To keep on top of it, keep a patching kit in your car kit.
-needle and tapestry thread
5: The repair.
Sometimes something serious will happen to the car. You will at least need the tools to make it safe again, if not to fix it up yourself where possible.
-spare wheel, wheel bolt spanner and car jack
-gloves for handling electrics
–fob batteries and screwdrivers
6: The topups.
These are things your car consumes that you normally top up at the garage or when home. But sometimes they run out in unexpected locations or at inconvenient times. Having an emergency refill can save you.
-bottle of water
Keep an eye on your oil and fuel. They can expire after a while in a jerry can or bottle, so make sure they look healthy and from time to time refuel out of your jerry can and refill it, to keep the jerry can fuel fresh.
7: Breakdown safety.
These are things to keep you safe in case of a breakdown or accident on the road.
8: Relevant documents.
You may not always have all your documents with you. But try and keep a photocopy of your driver’s license and tax papers, or at least the relevant reference numbers, somewhere on the car at all times, just in case you need them.
And those are my suggestions for a car kit that will never leave you or your loved ones stranded!
What additions would you suggest? Anything that you really wish you’d had at a certain point? Anything you say in the comments will be added to the kit!
TTFN and Happy Hunting!