Anyone who has ever flown a long cross-country in an airplane knows that the cabin turns into a disorganized mess of charts, water bottles, headsets and snack sacks. Why is that? Give us a good reason and we'll send you a hat.
I noticed in your video that everything you need is close at hand. In true pilot-y style you've quite responsibly reduced your in-flight workload by not needing to strain and rummage about. What use is anything if it's stowed (albeit neatly)? It may not be pretty, but it's clearly testament to your piloting prowess! ;p
I ferry ag airplanes to South America mostly, and with very litte room available, everything has to be in place or else. But having an autopilot would help to be able to go on cleaning duty. (my bungee cord around the stick is only good for if there is no turbulence)
When I fly alone, I make it a point to keep things reasonably tidy by only cluttering up the passenger seat (not the floor), and even then minimally--no trash (plastic trash bag for that). When I fly with others, I try to get them to also maintain a little order on a continuous basis, because it's a lot easier to keep it neat than to make it neat later in flight. Things can get "cluttery" enough with supplemental O2 lines and headset cords and other stuff running here and there, and it makes it harder when one is the only pilot aboard, to play both pilot and trash collector.
After some 2200 hours in the air, I have kept things relatively neat on all flights, whether solo or full of passengers and whether I'm the only pilot or everyone aboard is--it just isn't that hard.
I'm not a neat freak by any means--my car collects more trash than my airplane to the regular consternation of my better half--but it's a whole lot more critical to be neat in the airplane. Junk which gets under things like rudder pedals or blocks stick movement just can't be allowed. The worst my airplane gets is lots of dog hair in the back seat--seems as if Molly (Golden Retriever) sheds more in the airplane than anywhere else.
So the obvious question has to be: Are you guys always wearing your cannulas, and if this is a recurring problem which you just can't handle, are you sure you turned on the O2 bottle? Or is there something in there other than O2? :)
Most likely reason for the messy cabin is that you don't have your wife along. I have a clean freak wife that continually puts everythng away or throughs it out. Solution to your messy cabin problem is to take your wife next time. John
Wings Whiplash solved this dilemma back in the days of barnstorming. He postulated that the earth sucks and therefore as long as your aircraft stayed on the ground the items in the cockpit tended to stay in their assigned places. As you gain altitude the "earth suction" decreased and therefore things in the cockpit tended to migrate to other locations.
It's just like doing a long cross country in a car. One place or another ends up as a collection spot for things that don't make it back to there home. Cary Alburn above has a potential solution. Bring someone along for in house maintenance or take turns.
I'm a commercial pilot. My work is seasonal in northern Canada in single engine bush planes. I also contribute monthly articles to aviation publications here. One article last year dealt with this cockpit clutter problem and how I deal with it. I use a FISHERMAN's vest. The many pockets accommodate everything needed for a full day of flying. The cell phone, camera, pens, glasses, notebooks, spare batteries, lunch, snacks, aspirin, trash, hand-held GPS, they all have a home which is conveniently on my chest, making access a breeze. No need to fight getting into your jeans pockets. Works for me!
Well, there was the time we flew our un-pressurized plane a little higher than normal, and a bag of potato chips literally exploded!
But seriously, I think it any long trip is inevitably going to make a mess. Our older airplanes do not have any cupholders, so we'll start there. Then too, the cost to STC, 337, and TSO all our favorite gadgets into the panel is prohibitive, so we've got our portable GPS and antenna, an intercom, maybe a hand-held transceiver and/or satellite radio, a sectional, an electronic E6B, and so forth lightly velcroed or even sitting loose somewhere, when the light to moderate turbulence begins, not to mention perhaps our lunch, a flashlight or two, survival water, spare batteries for everything, bladder relief kit, and cockpit escape tools, all of which if we cannot reach from our seats, may be less than useful.
While I might forget the odd empty water bottle and pick it up again the next day, it seems some sort of mystical creatures; perhaps garden gnomes, or gremlins, I'm not sure, make it their duty to leave assorted junk in my seat back pockets while I'm not looking...
Messy cabin likely the result of a series of outside loops, followed by a few hammerhead stalls, then a barrel roll. Upon righting the aircraft to straight & level flight, and discovering that the O2 bottle was actually nitros oxide, explains why the maps are stuck to the headliner, and the uncontrolled laughter during the aerobatic segment of the flight...
I've never really given a messy cabin much thought. I stow everything not needed at hand before a flight and I give my right seat passenger any airway charts I might need. Being a person that hates clutter I remove any trash from the plane at all fuel stops and after every flight. We did have an interesting comment from a line guy in Billings Montana last summer. Three of us had been flying in the lower flight levels on oxygen so the tubes were hanging down when we taxied in. His comment when we opened the door was " Are you guys doing surgery in there." All flying is good mess or no mess. Us pilots are the luckiest people in the world!
It clearly has to do with slipping the surely bounds of Earth. It is based on Einsteins theroies on gravity having less an influence the further one is from the mass (Earth). All one has to do is take a look at the Space Station or any other spaceflight to see the cabin and cockpit become Dempsy-Dumpsters. The prime example was the Russia Spacestation Mir, after over a decade that place was such a hazard that those Americas that flew in it were scared to death. Instead of cleaning it, they let it burn up in the atmosphere. So the equation for how trashed a cockpit can become is: Altitude x Flighttime x Crewmembers / Volume = Junk per sq foot (A x F x C) / V = J. An example would be 14,000 x 4 x 2/160 = 700 grams per cubic foot which consumes about 250 lbs of useful load per crewmember (baggage included)...just ask NASA why they take so much time to bring back more than they sent.
Why? I'll tell you why - because my wife wasn't one of your passengers. As well as all of us, as pilots, learn the rule of "keep things where you are going to need them," when the answer to that commandment is "noplace" (because you are done with whatever it is) then stuff will go anyplace.
Ever try to go through your flight bag and take stuff out? Ever leave something in the trunk of you car only to find out that you really need that particular piece of gear at 8500 feet over western Penn? Renter pilots in particular tend to carry everything and anything they found themselves wishing they had on one flight or another. This makes pilots pack rats (a.k.a. pigs) by nature. I see the charts slung across the headliner in that plane. You guys are one step ahead of me with my charts tucked alongside a seat.
There's stuff you will need. If you can get at it in flight without inducing an usual attitude, what's the problem?
My wife is a clean freak, and has regularly put stuff in their proper place (out of sight) and promptly forgot where it was. She hasn't flown with me for years.
Steering the question in another direction let me recount a situation in which I was thrilled the cockpit was a pig sty. I was flying back to Leesburg VA from North Haven CN in my Dads PA-28 which he leases back to AV-ED flight school. With 40 minutes more to go I was faced with a dilema. Realizing I had forgotten my inflight urinal in my truck at JYO and not having 40 minutes of bladder time available I was faced with canceling IFR and landing at Lancaster for some more than necessary defueling or attempt to make it knowing that was nearly impossible (5 hour fuel supply 3 hour bladder). That's when I remembered RENTERS are PIGS. I reached into the rear pocket of the right seat and found an empty pony size pop bottle. Not the ideal vessel but at the time more than adequate. Thank god for the pig sty.