11 Ways to Properly Care For Your Winter Tools

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Feb 25, 2015


Do you own a favorite snow shovel that you've used for years? If you do, count yourself lucky. Many people have to purchase replacement snow shovels, windshield scrapers, snow brushes, and other winter tools every year. They find that their shovel or scraper has deteriorated and is no longer useful. Fortunately, taking a little bit of extra time to care for your winter tools and supplies can help you to avoid replacing them too soon.

11 Ways to Properly Care for Your Winter Tools and Supplies

  1. Storing a Snow Shovel: The way you care for your snow shovel has a lot to do with what it's made of. A tempered steel shovel can rust if it's put away with melting snow on it. Alternatively, an aluminum shovel is not likely to rust even if it's put away wet. A good rule of thumb is to take an old rag and thoroughly dry the scoop as well as the handle of your snow shovel after using it.
  2. Maintaining a Snow Blower: Whether you have a hand-held snow blower or a wheeled one that you push along the driveway, it's a wise idea to let it run for a minute or so after you finish your work. This cleans out the excess snow so the blower's impeller won't freeze up while it's sitting out in the garage or shed.
  3. Getting the Most Out of Your Windshield Scraper: It's likely that you have a windshield scraper stored on the floor of your car. It may be a little plastic scraper from the gas station or an elaborate one you purchased at the hardware store. Either way, make sure to dry it off before putting it back into the car. Also, keep a small plastic scraper in a container to prevent passengers from stepping on it.
  4. Storing Ice-Removal Supplies: To keep your rock salt from spilling onto the floor of your garage or shed, put the bag into a plastic garbage can with a lid.
  5. Caring for Your Salt Spreader: A salt spreader can make distributing rock salt a lot easier for someone with a long driveway. After finishing a job, be sure to remove clumps of snow from the undercarriage of the device and brush off its tires. This prevents the moisture from freezing and damaging the snow spreader.
  6. Maintain a Portable Battery Charger: Some people use portable battery chargers to jump their car battery on cold mornings. A portable battery charger is a really handy device that should be kept in a dry, warm area away from children.
  7. Keep Your Heated Hose in Great Shape: Be sure to empty all of the water out of your heated hose after using it. Also, remove it from an outdoor spigot when it's not in use.
  8. Caring for Your Roof Rake: A roof rake is an ideal tool for clearing the snow and ice off of the roof of a shed or carport. Proper care of this tool involves drying off its edge as well as its handle to prevent rust. I recommend hanging it in on a garage wall so it won't get underfoot.
  9. Taking Care of Your Snow Brush: You can clean a snow brush by using a whisk broom to dust off its bristles. You may want to wash the bristles of your snow brush in the springtime to remove dirt buildup.
  10. Winter Boot Care: In many households, winter boots are taken off in the garage and left on a newspaper to dry. You can also stuff newspaper inside the boots to absorb any moisture. This also prevents them from falling over while they are drying.
  11. Maintaining the Condition of Your Push Broom: Using a push broom to clear away a dusting of snow on the driveway is easy and convenient. Be sure to brush the snow off the bristles with your gloved hand to remove any moisture. This prevents freezing that can cause bristles to fall out.

Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: metal building to store tools

7 Ways to Maintain Your Driveway During the Winter

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Feb 12, 2015


During the wintertime, snow, ice and freezing rain can take a toll on a driveway. Melting snow that refreezes can create cracks and holes in concrete. Fortunately, there are things you can do to maintain the condition of your driveway so you won't have to make repairs in the springtime. Take a look at these suggestions for keeping your driveway in shipshape over the winter.

Seven Ways to Maintain Your Driveway During the Winter

  1. Clear Snow Away Before it Accumulates. It's a good idea to clear snow off of your driveway before it has a chance to pile up. When snow starts to pile up, it can melt and refreeze as the temperature changes. Melting snow can seep into the small cracks in a driveway and refreeze when the temperature drops. As the frozen water expands, it creates deeper cracks and holes in a driveway's surface.
  2. Hire a Professional Snowplowing Service. Hiring a professional to clear away the snow on your driveway is a convenient way to get the work done. But be sure that the snowplow driver has the blade positioned at the right height. A snowplow blade that is too low can scrape against a cement driveway, creating cracks and holes and otherwise damaging the surface.
  3. Seal Your Driveway. Putting a sealant on your driveway can help to maintain its condition throughout the cold weather months. A sealant prevents melting snow from seeping into small cracks in a driveway.
  4. Inspect Your Snow Shovel. Before shoveling the snow off of your driveway, make sure your shovel is in good shape. A metal shovel with corners that are bent or crumpled up can scrape and damage the surface of a driveway. A snow shovel should have straight edges, and its corners should be intact. I recommend you look into getting a new shovel if you have one that is starting to show signs of wear from previous winters.
  5. Avoid Using Rock Salt on Ice Patches. It's tempting to throw rock salt on any patches of ice that you see on your driveway. But when this salt mixes with melting snow, it turns into a saltwater mush. This substance can leak into cracks in the driveway, freeze, and expand. This expansion can quickly turn a small crack into a large one that needs to be repaired in the springtime. Instead of rock salt, try sprinkling sand on your driveway. It doesn't melt the ice, but it does supply traction when you need to get your car out of the garage.
  6. Use Your Push Broom After a Light Snowfall. If you get a dusting of snow that adds up to about an inch or two, you may be able to clean your driveway with a push broom. Cherish the opportunity to get rid of the snow on your driveway without touching a shovel!
  7. Utilize a Snow Blower. A snow blower can come in handy if you want to avoid using a traditional shovel. There are a variety of snow blowers powered by either gas or electricity. With a snow blower, you can clear your driveway of snow in an efficient, timely way.

Keep in mind that if you clear the snow away whenever it starts to accumulate, you won't have to tackle a driveway covered with several layers of ice and frozen snow. Take care, and thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: maintain your driveway

The Importance of Clearing Snow From Your Shed Roof

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Feb 6, 2015


Around the middle of winter, you may notice that snow is beginning to pile up on the roof of your storage shed. This is especially likely if you've had a lot of snowfall and consistently low temperatures throughout the season. Layers of snow can accumulate on your roof in a relatively short amount of time. Take a look at a few reasons why it's a good idea to remove the snow from the roof of your shed.

Getting Rid of Extra Weight

Just a few inches of snow can add up to a lot of extra pounds on the roof of your storage shed. This puts a lot of strain on a roof that wasn't meant to support that type of weight. When snow starts to melt and then refreezes overnight, it places even more strain on a shed roof. It's a good idea to ask a neighbor to help you remove the snow from your shed roof before it has a chance to accumulate. Your neighbor can support the ladder while you climb up and use a broom or shovel to push the snow off the roof. If there is any question as to whether you can do this task safely, I recommend that you think about calling in a professional to clear your shed roof.

Preventing Seepage

As the snow and ice melt off the roof of your shed, it creates a lot of running water. This water can seep into your roof, causing it to rot or even weaken and collapse. Or the water can run down the side of your shed and damage the wood. Clearing the snow and ice off of your roof on a regular basis can keep water from entering the structure through a small hole or crack.

Maintain the Color of Your Shingles

A buildup of snow and ice on the roof of a shed may cause some of its shingles to become discolored. Melting snow and ice can seep into the shingles, causing them to fade or take on a color that is different from the other shingles on the roof. In the springtime, you may have to replace shingles that become extremely discolored over the cold-weather season. This is yet another reason why it's important to keep your roof clear of snow and ice.

Avoiding Loose Shingles

The water created by melting snow and ice can damage your roof by getting underneath its shingles. This circumstance may cause a shingle to come loose or fall off. A broken or missing shingle allows even more melting snow and ice to enter the structure and further damage the roof of the shed. Plus, a missing shingle may allow destructive animals such as squirrels and raccoons to gain access to the inside of your shed. Squirrels, raccoons, and mice with access to your shed may break open bags of seed, chew up work gloves or rags, and leave behind their droppings on the shed floor. This mess would be an unwelcome surprise in the springtime when you open up your shed for the first time.

Finally, remember to use caution whenever you take on the task of clearing snow and ice off the roof of your storage shed. Thank you for reading! - Alan

Tips for Clearing Ice and Snow on Your Carport

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Jan 28, 2015


For many people, one of the most enjoyable parts of winter is looking out the window to see the first snowflakes start to fall. It's fun to watch the snow begin to pile up on the branches of a tree. However, it's not so fun to watch snow and ice begin to pile up on the roof of your carport. If you have a carport with a vertical-style roof, you know that this design allows the snow to slide off the side before it starts to accumulate. Alternatively, if you have a carport with a different-style roof, it's best to clear the snow and ice off before it gets a strong foothold. Consider some suggestions for how you can clear the snow and ice off of the roof of your carport.

Get Your Push Broom Out of Storage

A push broom is a useful tool for clearing a light snowfall off of the roof of a carport. Since you're going to need to climb up on a ladder to reach the top of the carport, it's important to enlist the help of a friend or family member before starting this task. Be sure to wear shoes that offer a lot of traction and put the ladder in an area that is free of ice. Ask your friend to hold the ladder as you climb up with a push broom to clear the snow. Simply use the broom to push the snow off of the side of the carport roof. After you're finished clearing the roof, you can shovel the snow off of the ground below. A long push broom can help you to reach the snow near the middle of the carport roof. Pull the snow toward you and let it fall off the edge of the roof. You may not get the roof perfectly clean, but you can clear off a lot of loose snow and ice.

The Versatility of Your Snow Shovel

A snow shovel is great for breaking up patches of ice that form on a carport roof. Use one corner of the shovel to knock against the ice to break it up. Next, use the shovel to push the broken pieces of ice onto the ground. You can flip the snow shovel over and push loose snow off of one edge of the roof. Or you can gather the snow onto the shovel and then throw it off the carport roof. Once again, I will stress the importance of having a friend to hold the ladder as you do this. If you feel unsteady on the ladder at any point during this task, it may be better to climb down and hire a professional to remove the snow and ice for you.

The Importance of Clearing Away the Snow and Ice

Removing the snow and ice helps to keep a carport roof in good condition. An accumulation of snow and ice can begin to weigh down a carport and puts extra stress on its posts. Plus, as ice melts and refreezes, it expands and contracts, possibly causing damage to the roof. That's why it's best to remove snow and ice as soon as possible before it gets a chance to build up. Take care, and thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: clearing ice and snow off of your carport

Uses for a Chalkboard Paint in your Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Jan 27, 2015


Do you spend way too much time searching for simple items in your garage? Does it take you 15 minutes to find a pair of work gloves or a hammer? If so, chalkboard paint can add some organization to the area. Simply put the chalkboard paint on a flat surface like a wall, a shelf, or a table. Once the project is finished, you can write on it with a piece of chalk. You can either make your own chalkboard paint or purchase a bottle at a craft store. Consider some of the creative ways you can use chalkboard paint to help organize the items in your garage.

Organize Your Workbench Area

Use chalkboard paint to create a reminder board on the wall just above your workbench. You can make lists of materials to buy, make note of measurements related to woodworking projects, and more! With the help of chalkboard paint, you'll have easy access to all of your important notes and measurements.

Label Storage Shelves

Chalkboard paint is helpful for keeping track of the items on the shelves in your garage. You can either paint the edge of a shelf or its entire surface. For example, you may write labels for garden clippers, watering cans, extra plastic bags, and clean rags. When you want to rearrange the items on the shelves or add new ones, you can simply erase your label and create another. I recommend you use colorful chalk so you can easily see the labels on all of the shelves.

Organize a Storage Cabinet for Paint

Using chalkboard paint on the inside door of a metal cabinet in the garage can help you to keep an inventory of your house paint. Simply organize the paint cans inside the cabinet and write down each color on the door. That way, you can open the door and see what type of paint you have before making a trip to the local hardware store for more!

Keep Kids Away From Dangerous Items

Perhaps there is one corner of the garage where you keep items that you don't want kids to touch. For instance, you may have a broken mirror that you plan to dispose of or a chair with a broken seat stored there. Use chalkboard paint to make a sign on the wall warning your kids to stay away from these items.

Display Prices at Your Garage Sale

If you host a garage sale every year, you can use chalkboard paint to create a colorful sign for displaying prices. You could put the chalkboard paint on a rectangular piece of wood or canvas. You may even choose to put the sign in an attractive frame to hang on the garage wall. The shoppers who visit your garage sale are sure to notice your prices on this unique board!

Finally, chalkboard paint is useful if you want to set up an area in the garage where your kids and their friends can draw, color, and write to their heart's content. Some people cover entire walls with chalkboard paint so they can change their wall décor on a regular basis. Now, that's using your creativity! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: organize your garage

What To Do With Old Items Replaced During The Holidays

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Jan 23, 2015


I hope that you enjoyed the holidays in the company of family and friends. If you're fortunate enough to have some new pieces of furniture or appliances, you may be wondering what to do with the old items. Well, there are several ways that you can get rid of those old appliances or items of furniture without hauling them to the curb on garbage day. Consider a few simple ideas:

Recycling Appliances

In the past, old, broken appliances used to end up in a landfill to rust and fall apart. Today, it's possible to recycle old appliances so the metal can be used to make other items. Refrigerators, washing machines, clothing dryers, microwaves, toasters, and coffee makers are just a few of the appliances that can be recycled. The first step is to find an appliance recycling center in your area. You can do this by conducting an online search or calling your city or county government office. Some organizations will pick up large appliances, while others require you to transport both large and small appliances to the recycling center. Some retail stores that sell large appliances will offer to haul away your old appliance and make sure it is recycled. I recommend you ask about this service whenever you purchase a large appliance from a store.

Donating Furniture and Appliances

You may be reading my blog from the comfort of a brand new easy chair. Meanwhile, your old easy chair is sitting out in the garage waiting to find a new home. One option is to donate it to a charity. Many charities such as Goodwill resell old furniture and clothing items. The organization uses the money to benefit those in need. Be sure to vacuum and clean any old chairs or sofas before turning them over to a charity. Once again, some charities may offer to pick up large items such as sofas and dining room tables, while others require people to drop off their donations at a particular location. If your refrigerator, coffee maker, or other appliance is still in good working condition, consider donating it. Charitable organizations give furniture and reliable appliances to families and individuals who need them. There are even some organizations that repair old appliances to distribute them to those in need.

Selling Old Items

Another option is to sell old appliances or items of furniture that are in good condition. Placing an online classified ad is an effective way to sell an item to someone in your area. You can even post photos that show different angles of your sofa, refrigerator, etc. Most people communicate with potential buyers via email or over the phone.

Finally, consider giving your old appliances or furniture to family members or friends in need. Maybe your nephew and his new wife need a washing machine or kitchen table to complete their expanding household. Perhaps you have a child or young neighbor who could use your old mini-refrigerator in their college dorm room next semester. You'll enjoy your new appliances and furniture all the more knowing that your old items are not going to waste. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: donate or sell those old items

Maintaining Your Pergola In The Winter

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Jan 9, 2015


There is nothing like gathering with friends under your pergola to enjoy an iced tea on a warm summer afternoon. Or you may love sitting under your pergola in the springtime admiring the flowers in your garden. As the leaves start to change color and fall off of the trees, you know it's time to prepare your pergola for the winter months. Naturally, you want your structure to stay in great condition so you can enjoy it when the warm weather season rolls around again. Take a look at a few simple things you can do to keep your pergola in fine shape throughout the winter.

Sweeping the Area

The first thing to do to prepare your pergola for the winter months is to sweep the leaves, dirt, and other debris off the floor. Make sure that you knock down any cobwebs that are tucked away in the corners of your structure. As you sweep the floor, take a close look at the posts of the pergola as well as its struts and beams. If the pergola is made of wood, you're looking for spots of mold and mildew. This information will prove helpful for the next step of the winter preparation process.

Cleaning Your Pergola

Use a garden hose to spray down your structure. This removes accumulated dirt and dust from either a wooden or vinyl pergola. If you have mildew on your wooden pergola, use a mild detergent or mildew remover to clean it. I strongly suggest that you use a soft-bristled brush to avoid scratching the surface of the structure. Next, rinse off any excess detergent once the mildew is gone. Whether you live in an area of the country that receives lots of rain or several feet of snow in the wintertime, the moisture can lead to mildew growth. That's why it's a good idea to look for mildew and clean it off before the winter months arrive.

Staining Your Pergola

You may have a wooden pergola that is pre-stained. If not, staining your pergola protects the wood from the rain and snowfall of the winter months. When moisture seeps into wood, it makes it expand and contract, causing permanent damage. If you want to stain your pergola, I recommend you do it before the cold weather arrives. In addition to protecting your structure, a coat of stain can make your wooden pergola look even more appealing to visitors!

Things to Do Throughout Winter

Once winter arrives, there are a few more things you can do to maintain the condition of your pergola. For instance, if you see the snow starting to pile up on the rafters of your pergola, use a broom to knock it off. This lessens the weight on your structure and doesn't allow the snow to freeze to your rafters. Also, when the snow starts to accumulate near the posts of your pergola, sweep or shovel it away. In short, take advantage of any opportunity to move snow away from your structure.

I hope these tips help you to keep your pergola in great shape over the winter! Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: maintaining your pergola in winter

Storing Christmas Lights To Prevent Tangles

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Jan 4, 2015


'Storing Items in Your Metal Building for the Season'

Putting up Christmas decorations is a longtime tradition of many families. You may love to put an evergreen wreath on your front door each December or perhaps you place a single candle in every window of your home. A Christmas tree, ornaments and lights are all familiar sights through the windows of many homes this time of year. If you put lights on your Christmas tree or even on the outside of your home, it's likely that you've dealt with tangled strings of lights. The strings may have become tangled while in storage or maybe they were tangled before they went into the storage box. Either way, untangling strings of Christmas lights is time-consuming, aggravating work. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep your strings of Christmas lights from tangling. Here are some ideas:

Storing Christmas Lights to Prevent Tangles

Cardboard Storage Solutions

One simple idea for storing your Christmas lights begins with a piece of cardboard about 20 inches long and 12 inches wide. Use a knife to make two or three slits in both the top and bottom edges of the cardboard. Leave about three inches of space between the slits. Next, take one end of a string of lights and push it into one of the slits on the bottom edge. Pull the string upward and put it through the opposite slit at the top of the cardboard. The goal is to wrap the entire length of light string around the cardboard. The slits serve to keep the light strings from coming loose and tangling. Using scotch tape, secure each end of the light string to the cardboard. After the strings are secured, put the cardboard in a big shopping bag or a clear plastic container with a label.

Bagging Up Your Lights

The next option is to store each of your light strings in a large, clear plastic bag with a zipper at the top. Carefully coil up one string of lights, slide the coil into a bag and close the zipper. Storing your strings of Christmas lights this way guarantees that they won't get tangled up. Plus, you can clean and reuse the plastic bags each year. I recommend you label each one so the empty bags won't be thrown away or used for some other purpose.

Securing Your Light Strings

Another way to keep your light strings separated is to secure each one with a zip tie. Plastic zip ties are available in hardware stores and even in your local grocery store. First, coil up one string of lights and secure it in three places with plastic zip ties. This method keeps your light strings from getting twisted together when you place them inside a plastic container with a lid. When it comes time to decorate again, all you need to do is cut the zip ties off each string of lights.

I hope these suggestions prove helpful when it comes time to take down the Christmas lights this year. Remember, taking a few extra minutes to store your strings of Christmas lights can help you to avoid a lot of frustration when it's time to decorate next year! Thanks for reading.-Alan

Topics: Storing Christmas Lights in Your Metal Building

7 Ways To Maximize The Storage Space In Your Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Dec 22, 2014


"Make the Most of Your Garage Space"

Have you ever stood in your driveway wondering how you're going to get your car into the garage? You see boxes, trash cans, sports equipment, tools and bicycles, but no space for your automobile. If you have this issue, you're going to love this week's blog! Take a look at seven ways to maximize the storage space in your garage so you can put your car back where it belongs.

7 Ways to Maximize the Storage Space in Your Garage

  1. Reuse an Old Garbage Can. Try storing all of the kids' baseball bats, softball bats, tennis rackets and field hockey sticks in an old metal garbage can. This will keep the bats and other equipment out from underfoot and the kids will be able to find them right away when the warm weather comes around again.
  2. Invest in a Durable Metal Shelf. A simple four tier metal shelf can hold and organize a lot of small items in your garage. For instance, you could use one shelf for muddy boots and shoes. Another shelf could be home to clay flower pots, watering cans and small garden tools. Other ideas for things to put on your four tier shelf include work goggles, a small bag of cat litter, seed packets, a portable battery charger and bottles of motor oil or antifreeze.
  3. A Container for the Garden Hose. Trying to wrap a lengthy garden hose into a neat coil is an extremely frustrating task. You may even end up throwing the hose onto the garage floor where it takes up about four feet of space. I recommend you keep your garden hose in a pot. You can find garden hose pots of clay, metal and even copper-plated ones. A hose pot helps to keep your garden hose in good condition and takes up very little room on the garage floor.
  4. Put Up a Pegboard. If you already have a pegboard in your garage, then you're ahead of the game! You can hang hand tools on a pegboard along with small plastic containers full of nails, screws, nuts, washers, etc. A pegboard is a versatile item that is great for keeping items organized and off the floor.
  5. Purchase Some Wall Hooks. Putting durable hooks on your garage wall is an effective way to store the tools that you use every day. You can get hooks that hold rakes, brooms and shovels. There are even hooks designed to hold wheelbarrows. Also, if you have several bicycles that are taking up space in your garage, try looking for bicycle hooks. Hang your kid's bicycle on the wall and it won't end up under the wheels of your car.
  6. Select a Plastic Cabinet with Drawers. A durable, plastic cabinet with three or four drawers can be the perfect place to store items away from mice and other rodents that may find shelter in your garage. Work gloves, deflated pool toys, clean rags and work aprons are all things to put into your plastic drawers.
  7. Utilize Overhead Racks. Many garages have overhead racks located near the garage door. I suggest you use this space for plastic bins filled with lightweight items such as pool toys, old clothes, tennis balls and holiday decorations. Keep these items safe and out of the way at the same time.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Happy organizing and thanks for reading.-Alan

Topics: storage space in garage

Creative Ways to Store Presents Away From Curious Eyes

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Dec 16, 2014


'Keeping Presents Hidden Until Christmas Day'

Part of the fun of giving Christmas gifts to loved ones is seeing the look of joy and surprise on their faces when they tear off the wrapping paper. However, if your loved ones sneak a peek at their gifts before Christmas day, they may not look quite so surprised when they open them. So, I thought I'd use this week's blog to offer some ideas on where to hide Christmas gifts from the curious eyes of your loved ones.

Hiding Gifts from Young Children

Let's start with the young kids. If you have children who are in elementary school you know how creative they can be when searching the house for their Christmas gifts. This means you have to be extra creative when hiding them! One idea is to keep them in the trunk of your car. You can put items such as games, puzzles, toys, clothing and books into black garbage bags and stash them in one corner of your trunk. Unless your children are helping you unload groceries, they really have no reason to look in your car's trunk. Even if they do open your trunk, the gifts will be hidden by the dark bags. Another effective hiding place is in the cabinet beneath the bathroom sink. You can put a toy or two into a big bag and hide it near the back of the cabinet. Chances are your kids won't have any reason to look beneath the bathroom sink. Of course, I suggest you choose another option if you have a pipe under your sink that is prone to leaks! Other excellent ideas for hiding places include a cabinet out in the garage, a top shelf inside a kitchen pantry or in an old wardrobe or chest of drawers in the basement.

Hiding Gifts from Teenagers

Teenagers are experts at finding their Christmas gifts, so you have to be extremely clever when choosing hiding places. If you get your teen an electronic gadget, you may want to hide it behind the last file in your file cabinet. It will be completely hidden even if your teen opens the file drawer. If you get your teen some clothing items as gifts you can put them in a garbage bag and hide them behind an ironing board in the laundry room. I've noticed that many teenagers steer clear of this particular room in a home. You may also try hiding small gifts at the back of one of your clothing drawers, beneath the kitchen sink or on an upper shelf located somewhere in the garage.

Hiding Gifts from Spouses

It can be tricky hiding a Christmas gift from a spouse because it's likely that he or she is aware of your best hiding places! So, it's helpful to consider places your spouse doesn't like to go. For instance, maybe your spouse doesn't like to go into the basement because there are a few creepy spiders that live there. In that case, you could hide a few gifts in empty cabinets in the basement or inside a discarded box. If your spouse only opens the hall closet door once a day to grab a coat, it may be a good place to stash a few gifts. Or, if you and your spouse drive separate cars, hide Christmas gifts in the trunk of your car.

I hope these suggestions will inspire you to come up with more. Good luck and thanks for reading!-Alan

Topics: hiding those Christmas gifts

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