Don't get me wrong; there is nothing that gets my blood pumping quite like knowing I may have a snow day. This year with blizzards being the norm on nearly every snow storm we have gotten, I got sick of wasting my snow days on shoveling the entire time. I would have much rather played in the snow, went sleigh riding, or helped my niece and nephew build a snowman, than spend the day breaking my back trying to clear the driveway in order to get out for work the following morning.
Not only that, when you spend more than half the day shoveling out
your driveway though, playing in the snow is one of the last things on
With news of an approaching winter storm however, we decided to try
something different. We knew we did not want to waste the following day
shoveling, so we figured maybe we could cut our shoveling time in half
by taking a few minutes of our time the night before to make things
1. We decided to lay down salt and de-icer on the driveway before the
snow even came. We figured it would make it harder for the snow to
stick. The ice melt we picked up in bulk for a decent price at Home
Depot after the last blizzard. We now make it a point to have bags of it
on hand at all times.
Laying down kitty litter actually helps a bit as well.
2. Once we were done laying out all of the ice melt, we then decided
to line all of our cars up, one behind the other, in the driveway. The
snow of course would still cover our cars, but it would be less back
breaking come the morning having to remove the snow from them.
As simple as this all sounds, it actually cut snow removal time from the driveway more than in half.
Snow naturally piled up on top of our cars, but all we really had to
do was brush it off to one side of the driveway, leaving the other side
clear, while giving ourselves more than enough room to get in and out.
The only area we had to spend the most time was at the front where
plows piled up a good amount of snow. Cutting through it was not very
time consuming though and had we not lined up our cars, and salted the
driveway before the snow came rolling through, we would have been out
there all day and into the evening before we were finished.
With snow removal times greatly cut down, we were then able to actually enjoy the snow, and the rest of the day.
In conclusion, if you know a big winter storm is going to slam you,
just salt the driveway, and line up your family's cars. Come morning,
simply clear up the snow off of your cars, and plow the pile snow that
the snow plows left behind for you at the end of your driveway, and
after that, just enjoy the rest of the day with your family.