Ah, the Fiat. Holding the honors as tiniest car in the world, until lo Smart came along. Tiny enough to park by placing it nose-out between two parallel-parked cars. Now that’s small.On a side note, I remember Steve Urkel’s gag on Family Matters where he built a ridiculous tiny car, which once the smoke cleared looked exactly like a Fiat 500* – a totally normal family-size vehicle in 1980’s Italy!
Whether as a result of the tiny car, or just as a matter of personal taste, all the Italians I know keep their cars clean and clutter-free. I’ve adopted this habit in the States, and it makes road travel so much easier. No hunting around for the source of some ungodly smell (banana? diaper?) or giving thieves an inkling there might be an iPhone hidden under the mounds of dry cleaning and junk mail. Three rules for keeping the car spic-and-span all’italiana:
- Make it matter – Italians pride cleanliness and order. Live it, enjoy it, practice it.
- Take out what you bring in – every single time, even (I know!!!) if it will be needed on your very next trip in the car.
- Use your car’s interior design properly
Car designers thought of you! They knew you’d have drivers + passengers + stuff in the car. They created designated slots for maps, owner’s manual, emergency items, etc. Amazing how many maps are shoved under seats, owner’s manuals completely missing, and then new tchotchkes purchased to provide more surfaces for dirt to cling to. No, just, no. More on this next post, to get down to the nitty-gritty of decluttering a car.
Enough is enough! Say basta to the messy headache-inducing car, and Sì, Sì, Sì to a beautiful, clean car. Or just get a moped. Nowhere to put stuff. Problem solved!