For the most part, I'd say my house is pretty clean and organized. I detest clutter, have an addiction to Swiffering my floors, and am fortunate enough to have some help come in and do the heavy cleaning a couple of times a month. It's important to me that my house be comfortable and inviting, and to me that means clean.
My minivan however ... oh what a different story that is. Attempting to keep that thing clean is one of my greatest failures in life ... or at least the most evident. There are crumbs in the crevices, trash that seemingly grows itself in the back row, and fingerprints and some strange film covering my windows most days. No matter how hard I try -- and implore my kids to try -- I open that handy automatic sliding door and unveil a den of chaos and uncleanliness. It's embarrassing to say the least.
So that's why when I heard about the latest feature Honda is offering in its new minivans, I was blown away. It's almost as good as a self-cleaning car.
According to Mashable, the 2014 Honda Odyssey Minivan will have a built-in vacuum system. I know! How brilliant is that, and why has it taken so long for a minivan manufacturer to realize how much families need this? The hose, which is stored in the rear cargo area, reaches all the way up to the front seat, and there's an attachment that gets in the crevices! It's powered by your car's battery, and it doesn't even have to be running to work.
Sure, we could wheel out our regular vacuum or even that hand vac, but how often does that happen? Not often enough, I'll tell you. This would be a whole new, cleaner ball game. I can see my spotless new ride now.
The best part is who came up with the idea -- the daughter of one of Honda's engineers who kept griping about the messy van. "Dad, you need a vacuum in here," she reportedly told him. And now we can all have one ... or at least those who can afford a brand new minivan can. Unfortunately my Odyssey is still in great shape, so I probably won't get a new one for many years, but in the meantime, I will dream.
Here it is in action. Watch ... and be prepared to want it bad.
Would you love to have a built-in vacuum in your car?
Image via Julie Ryan Evans