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Parking Between the Lines

This is a guest post written by Professional Organizer Lea Schneider from Pensacola FL and owner of OrganizeRightNow.com.

It started with a simple comment.

I wish the garage had parking spaces.

Considering that most garages do indeed have parking spaces, that comment didn’t quite make sense to me. Of course, cluttered garages don’t have any parking space much less “spaces.”

This comment came about as a busy mom and I were organizing her garage. Her garage serves multiple purposes from holiday storage to car parking to a home recycling center. There is even food storage with a spare fridge, chest freezer and shelving for quantities from the big box store.

Besides all of that going on, two active boys use the garage as command central for playing soldier, construction worker, bike racer, skateboarder and more.  The driveway is a playground as well as the cul-de-sac that is full of on-going adventures with neighboring children.  Fortunately for this doting mom, these boys want to be outside from the moment homework is complete until it is too dark to see. She doesn’t need to pry them away from video games as they have plenty of imaginative play going on.

However, the constant play creates nightly havoc when dad tries to come home and safely park after work. There are bound to be dump trucks, bikes, skateboards, roller blades and more in the way. Sometimes, they are all tied together with clothesline and bungee cords from some pirate adventure of the day.

So, you know what we did? We just made some parking spaces! I grabbed a roller of fat painter’s tape, which can be removed later without harming the floor, and created some.

This big, blue visual difference has really helped the boys. In the past, they did attempt to put their toys away but were not a good judge of the vague concept of “away.” Now, when it is time to put things away, the directions are much easier to follow. All toys go behind the blue line and out of dad’s parking spot.

Don’t you wish all solutions were this easy!

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