49 skills a person needs to survive homeownership—everything from removing stripped screws to cleaning big paint spills off the carpet and hiring a handyman!

47 Skills You Need to Survive Homeownership

49 skills a person needs to survive homeownership—everything from removing stripped screws to cleaning big paint spills off the carpet and hiring a handyman!

This is a backyard that is simple, but nicely landscaped with a patio, lawn area, and planting beds. Everything here is in scale and not overcrowded, not too much. Overdoing it in a garden is something that is easy to forget - until we are slogging around in the backyard with a bobcat and wondering where that big hole came from - not that anything like that has ever happened around here! ~EBM

This is a backyard that is simple, but nicely landscaped with a patio, lawn area, and planting beds. Everything here is in scale and not overcrowded, not too much. Overdoing it in a garden is something that is easy to forget - until we are slogging around in the backyard with a bobcat and wondering where that big hole came from - not that anything like that has ever happened around here! ~EBM

Take it slow or be a speed demon — this room-by-room approach to organizing and storage will get your home in shape no matter how you roll

Take it slow or be a speed demon — this room-by-room approach to organizing and storage will get your home in shape no matter how you roll

Create a Shady Escape:  A shaded side yard might seem like a hopeless situation, but you're not out of luck. Give yourself a secret, shady place to cool off and escape the hot summer sun. Make a path, then plant around it with shade-loving plants suited to your area.  Test Garden Tip: Use columnar trees to add shade and height without losing precious horizontal space.

Smart Side-Yard Solutions

Create a Shady Escape: A shaded side yard might seem like a hopeless situation, but you're not out of luck. Give yourself a secret, shady place to cool off and escape the hot summer sun. Make a path, then plant around it with shade-loving plants suited to your area. Test Garden Tip: Use columnar trees to add shade and height without losing precious horizontal space.

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