I did a first this afternoon and even though it’s not on my list of things to do before I’m 60, I’m still going to write about it.
I got my car valeted.
I always thought this was something people with too much money do. I love having a clean car but rarely have one. My car gets used to transport muddy boots, plants, leaky bags of grout, camping gear – I won’t go on – but rarely gets cleaned, a) because I don’t have time, and b) because it’s not very often I get the chance to park right outside my front door and when I do it’s usually raining so I don’t want to go outside with my vacuum cleaner. So my car gets dirtier and dirtier and well, with the cost of petrol these days, I really can’t afford the price of the extra fuel I’m having to buy to cart all that dirt around.
I decided a few weeks ago to go to the valeting place near my house and emptied my car out into my living room. I baulked when I found out that prices started from £50! But then a colleague told me about a place in East Didsbury that does an amazing while-you-wait job, inside and out, all for a tenner. As I was in Didsbury today anyway for college and I have to drive past the valeting place I stopped to get it done on the way home.
It’s truly amazing. They washed, sprayed, wiped, scrubbed, hoovered, and even put something on my tyres to make them really black. Then they gave me a nice smelly thing to hang over the mirror. Why have I never done this before???
Now I can get rid of all the car junk from my living room. Hopefully when I sort it out more of it will go in the bin than back in the car. Then I can get on with other jobs, feel organised, and free up time to work on my list. And I’ll have a nice clean, fresh smelling car to go to Exmoor with.