Space saving, or dibs, is the practice of placing any object in the middle of a parking space after a snowstorm in hopes of deterring anyone from poaching your spot. After all, you shoveled it, so it’s yours! Those are the rules.
Space saving is nothing new. In fact, this tradition is common in snowy cities and dates back decades. It’s as much a part of winter in the city as playfully throwing snowballs at your neighbor’s cat or getting chased by your neighbor’s cat.
Kitchen chairs, kitchen sinks, buckets, vacuums—literally anything can mark your coveted, personally shoveled parking space. Here’s a large yellow spool that was placed as a space saver in 1951!
Chairs are a very popular option and for good reason. You can sit on them if you get tired and you can stand on them to see great distances, but best of all, they’re designated by the United Nations as the universal symbol for dibs. Here are some of our favorites:
This chair has seen some serious dibs-calling after a lifetime of correcting posture.
One Isn’t Enough
Image Source: http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/February-2015/Can-I-Use-Dibs/
Nothing says, “This is my space. Do not park here.” like four chairs!
What monster would steal this space? They’re about to eat!
But if you’re going to play the space saver game this season, you want to play to win and think outside the box when saving your spot. While chairs might be the easiest option, we thought we’d help you out with a few practical, yet effective ideas to show the neighborhood you mean business.
Program your giant homemade robot to love, and defend your space.
People know you’re serious about dibs when you summon a horned beast.
Aunt Karen will sit out there all day to fend off space-stealers if she has to.
Show us the best space savers you’ve seen around town, or give us your best idea for keeping dibs on street parking.
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