Even though the winter weather hasn’t quite left the scene – I am full fledged into the spring cleaning mood. My kids and husband have gone into hiding and I am tearing through the house like a squirrel looking for his nuts. Those closets that we’ve been shoving things into all winter long? I am about to open the doors and allow a years full of “time control” to come spilling out onto the floor. While I don’t really like cleaning, sorting and re-organizing – I do love the feeling I get when it is all done and life is back in order. Nothing better.
2015 Toyota Sienna
Luckily, I also happen to have the 2015 Toyota Sienna sitting in my driveway for a week long test drive and I am going to utilize it’s size and capabilities to help me get this cleaning job done. Since I am currently wrapped up in the throws of spring cleaning and organizing my home, I was quick to notice the several ways Toyota thoughtfully designed the 2015 Sienna with organization and easy clean up in mind – perfect because it’s a van and typically vans mean kids. . and kids mean MESS! When you’re dealing with a family and often travel – it is nice to have a vehicle that can help you keep your sanity, uh, I mean help you keep things in order so you can enjoy what’s really important.
Built with Organization and Easy Clean-up in Mind
It wasn’t hard to pick up on the many ways Toyota built the 2015 Sienna with families in mind. Things like clean lines, storage bins and carpet protectors were added. In the front of the van I found deep storage spots – like the command center between the captains chairs where I was able to store our movies for the built in entertainment center.
Plus when the third row seats are upright, Toyota made the most of the trunk space by adding optional removable containers with lids. Perfect for keeping groceries from spilling all over or things that you might need occasionally for travel – like our helpful little travel potty (don’t laugh – it’s great for kids).
And all throughout the van we found all weather mats that helped to keep the carpets looking good – plus these could be easily removed and hosed off if necessary (which typically means like, weekly if not daily with kids).
Besides the surprise of this vehicle being so clean up friendly, I loved exploring all of the little extras. Things like plugs (like the kind you would find in your home), extra design elements like the blue color behind the speedometer and wood grain accents, or the easy to use button controls.
When Things are Clean – This Momma Can Enjoy Herself
The Toyota Sienna had so many aspects to help a family enjoy their time in the car – such as the built in entertainment center, dual moonroof and “cockpit” style drivers seat.
Ready to get your spring cleaning done? I’ve put together a few helpful tips that are helpful to me when I need to get the job done.
7 Tips for Getting Your Spring Cleaning Done
- Plan to do it all in one day. Just get that crap over with.
- De-clutter first. It’s easier to clean when you don’t have stuff in the way – I recommend starting with the kids rooms.
- Store away any unneeded winter gear. If you can, store the winter items such as boots, jackets, coats and clothes in vacuum sealed packages until next year – or just donate them if you aren’t ever doing winter again and moving to Florida.
- Donate. After you’ve gone through and de-cluttered those kids rooms and :gasp: your closet, donate that stuff so it doesn’t have a chance of finding it’s way back into the pile. Let it go, Let it go. . .
- Toss out expired food. Like that box of cake mix from the 1980’s – yeah, you know the one.
- Do the things you hate to do. Like wipe down the walls, clean out the fridge and change all the filters. These things need to be done at least once a year and just think, once it’s done you won’t have to do it again for awhile.
- Get outside. Time to hose down that outdoor furniture, clean out the car and take a break in the sun – preferably with a lemonade.
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Disclosure: This vehicle was loaned to me for review. No compensation was received for this post.