A place for your stuff

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By: John P. Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST


You’ve probably heard the George Carlin skit about stuff. Everybody needs a place for their stuff. In my case, it is the kind of stuff that often fills your garage to the point where cars no longer fit. It hasn’t gotten to that point in our new home… but today is a big day here on the Irish Riviera (AKA Scituate, MA).

Today, our new shed is being constructed. I’ve waited two months for this day since ordering the shed.  In the meantime, I’ve had a nice concrete pad poured with pressure

treated wood and gravel around the border so it doesn’t get muddy. Later today, my garage will be rid of the wheel barrow, chain saw and all of my yard and tree tools that have clogged up the space near the walls for the past two years.

Why did it take me so long you may be asking? That was due to choosing the shed site. When we bought the teardown home, the yard, formerly owned by an avid gardener, had been largely ignored for the prior 10 years. Everything was overgrown and not pretty. Earlier this spring we hired a landscape crew to clear out the yard of all the brush and scrub trees that had popped up. I was pleased to find a variety of cool plants that were well hidden by the brush. We found Hostas, Roses, Rose of Sharon, Peonies, Iris, Hydrangea, Lillies, and a few things that I cannot identify.

All of the clearing made the shed location a bit of a no brainer. Watching the shed get built is fun, and as of this moment we are about 1/3 of the way done… with a completion ETA of about 4pm today. Then the fun starts.

That fun will be putting all of my stuff into it. While Joan calls it her “She Shed”… make no mistake about it… it’s definitely a tool shed. Maybe I’ll add a couple of window boxes for the fun of it. But this is definitely a work shed. By sundown tonight, a quick glance into the double wide door will clearly demonstrate the value that this shed brings to the home and our garage.