“Seeing Things Differently” - #Blog365 Day 197

On Tuesday we received the biggest storm this winter. A lot of snow was dropped on our county, so much so, in fact, that I had to clean off the driveway multiple times. Because of the design of our garage, I’ve previously always kept our snowblower in one part of the garage, which has forced me to keep my car on the driveway overnight so I can get at the snowblower.

The challenge with this, of course, is that when I leave the car parked outside, it ends up being coated in snow, and then I have to shovel around it, somewhat reducing the effectiveness of my snowblowing.

So, knowing that a whole bunch of snow was on the way, I decided to try something a little bit different.

First, I pulled my car out of the garage onto the driveway, like I would normally do before a snowstorm. Then, I pulled the snowblower out, and then pulled my car all the way up into the garage, literally a half-inch from the stairs. I then wheeled the snowblower halfway into the garage, took the handle off so that it had the smallest footprint and took up the smallest space, pushed it the rest of the way in, and then attempted to close the garage.

It worked!

By thinking through the scenario a bit differently, I was able to provide a solution that really got at what I wanted; a way to clean the driveway without having to clean off my car.

At times, we need to consider different methods to accomplish the same goal. And sometimes, it just takes a bit of trial and error to get to where we want to go.