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Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 1/23/2018

Most homeowners can get by just fine without a backyard shed, so it might be a stretch to call it a "necessity". However, when your yard does not have a shed, you may be missing out on many advantages ranging from convenience to being more organized and efficient. There's also a lot to be said for being able to store, protect, and quickly find the right tools, gardening supplies, or pool chemicals when and where you need them.

If you're a serious gardener, swimming pool owner, or do-it-yourself landscaper, a backyard shed can make your life a lot easier and your maintenance work less of a chore. Since a small shed can run you as little as $300, affordability is usually not an issue—especially when you factor in the long-term benefits.

Whether you decide to build your own shed, hire a carpenter to do it, or buy a prefabricated one, it's an expense that's not difficult to justify. Here are a few of the many ways that a shed can serve your needs for years to come:

  • Reduces clutter in your basement and garage: As all homeowners know, it doesn't take long for basements and garages to get cluttered and disorganized. By designating a separate space for things like tools, small machinery, gardening supplies, and pool chemicals, you'll make it a lot easier to maintain order in your home (and other storage areas).
  • Good solution for storing riding mowers: The typical garage gets filled up pretty quickly with two vehicles, several bicycles, trash barrels, barbeque grills, golf clubs, tires, and other miscellaneous items. Squeezing in a riding mower among all those other things can be difficult, if not impossible! The solution: A large-enough shed with a sturdy ramp for driving your rider mower in and out.
  • Protecting tools from the elements: Metal tools sometimes get left outside when there's not a convenient place to store them, and moisture can wreak havoc on their condition and usability. By having a dry, protected place to store your gardening and landscaping tools, they'll last longer and provide more long-term value for you.
  • Other uses for a shed: Depending on the size of the shed and your family's needs, that extra space can be used for everything from firewood storage to woodworking projects, painting, and other activities. If you own a swimming pool, a nearby shed can be a convenient and relatively safe place to store sanitizing chemicals, pool maintenance equipment, inflatable toys, ladders, and pool games.
Although most people use sheds for storing tools, yard supplies, and equipment, a decent-sized shed can also be used as an art studio, a home office, an exercise area, or a game room. As the expression goes: The possibilities are limited only by your imagination (and your budget)!




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Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 5/23/2017

Have you ever heard anyone complain about a house having too much storage space? Of course not. That's impossible. Storage space is one of the top features home buyers look for when it comes to shopping for houses. We tend to accumulate a lot of stuff, whether it's kids toys, expired boxes of Rice-A-Roni or, in my case, roughly one million DVDs. It's hard to part ways with the things we love (who knows when you might suddenly have the urge to watch The Last of the Mohicans). So, what's the solution? Better home storage, of course. In this article we'll cover ten of the best hacks--big and small--that will help you improve your home storage and organization. 1. Storage seating If you need extra seating in your home office or entry way, why not go with something that includes storage space? Storage benches are increasingly popular and can be a good place to put your gloves and scarves in the winter time. 2. Roll your clothes The next time you do laundry, try rolling up your shirts and pants and stack the rolls vertically. It will help you fit a lot more in one drawer and you'll be able to grab your favorites without digging through a pile of folded laundry. 3. Make dividers for your clothing drawers Is your underwear drawer an amalgamation of every different type of sock and underwear? Use makeshift dividers (cardboard or plastic will do) inside your drawers to keep things grouped the way you want. 4. Flip down desk Instead of taking up floor space for the desk that you use once a month, install a fold down desk onto your wall and store the chair in the closet. It will open up the floor of the room. 5. Vertical storage solutions Look around the room you're in. See all that empty air up near the ceiling? If you're really pressed for space, try incorporating vertical storage solutions in your closets and bathroom. 6. Magnets You've probably seen those cool magnetic knife holders on the Food Network and thought, "I need this in my life." But I bet you've never thought about using one for your tweezers or toothbrush. Placing a magnetic strip in your bathroom cabinet will free up space and allow for easy access to all of your bathroom utensils. Plus you can finally rest assured that no one else's toothbrush touched yours. 7. Bed storage Some beds pop up to allow storage underneath. Others include built-in drawers under the mattress. If a new bed frame isn't in your budget right now, opt for storage bins as slim as you need to fit things like extra blankets and off-season clothing under the bed. 8. Hanging up your bicycles Whether it's in your huge garage or in your tiny studio apartment, you've probably lamented the amount of space bicycles take up. Bike hangers allow you to store your bikes vertically taking up significantly less room. 9. Slide out pantry Slide out pantries allow you to store a lot more and bring all your food within reach. That means you have no more excuses to be finding cans of tuna fish from five years ago. 10. Cord organizers The best way to organize cords is to eliminate them. Wireless controllers, speakers and headphones are now all quite affordable. But for things like cell phone chargers, there are several gadgets you can buy to keep your cords separated and tucked out of sight.