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5 Ways to Deal with Snow Runoff in the Garage

5 Ways to Deal with Snow Runoff in the Garage

Although the winter can be a wonderful time of the year, it can also cause a lot of problems around your home.  One problem many people face is snow melt in the garage.  Garages without a drain or a sloped floor get snow melt in the winters.  Snow melt can cause a lot of problems to your garage by damaging the floor with road salts getting in, and it can create a safety hazard by leaving slippery spots for somebody to slip on and hurt themselves.  If you have problems caused by snow melt in your garage, you should check out some of these inexpensive and effective ideas to help you defeat the issue.

1. Use a squeegee

A squeegee can be a simple and inexpensive fix to keeping snow melt out of your garage.  When the snow melts off of your car onto the floor, simply crack your garage door open and squeegee the water right back outside.

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2. Invest in garage mats.

If you have some money to spend, I recommend investing in garage mats.  There are many different kinds of floor mats you can purchase for your garage to help you contain and/or combat the issues caused by snow melt.  There are many different kinds of garage mats, but these are a couple of the best ones you can get.

The Park Smart Clean Park mat has a thick polyvinyl mat that is secured by plastic snap-in borders that hold water in with out it leaking onto the concrete.  You can use a wet vac to remove the water, or unclip one of the borders and squeegee the water out.

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    The Drymate mat is a fabric mat that absorbs the water caused by snow melt and it also keeps salt and deicing solvents off of your garage floor.The mat can be easily wet or dry vacuumed for easy cleanup.

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      3. Brush off your vehicle before parking it

      If you aren’t up to spending any money right away, a simple way to keep snow melt to a minimum is to brush your vehicle off before you park it.  This way you can eliminate most of the snow that you may bring into your garage if you were to just park it.

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      4. Cardboard boxes

      An inexpensive substitute to buying a garage mat is to lay down some old cardboard boxes where you park.  The cardboard will soak up the snow melt and also help trap some of the salt and deicer that may be left behind.  Just simply dispose of the used boxes and place another fresh one down.  You can get boxes at no cost to you just by simply going to your local grocery store, or department store and ask them if they have any left over from shipments.  Most stores would be more than happy to give them to anybody willing to take them.

      5. Invest in blower fans or other fans

      Investing in a blower fan for your garage could be a bit costly, but it could also be well worth the money.  A blower fan could help you dry out your garage quickly and without much effort from yourself.  You could try and use ordinary household fans, or even installing a ceiling fan, but the cold temperatures may make it hard to completely dry out the floor.

      Winter is can be brutal enough as it is.  Don’t let it cause problems in your garage with pesky snow melt.  Follow these tips to make your garage nice and dry during the harsh winters.

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      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

      Boundaries are limits

      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
      • When do you feel disrespected?
      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
      • When do you want to be alone?
      • How much space do you need?

      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

      Sample language:

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      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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      Final Thoughts

      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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