Smart Systems for Off-Season Storage
Best reserved for items that spend most of the time outdoors anyway, a portable storage tent corrals and conceals the bulkier accoutrements of alfresco living (beach chairs, umbrellas, grilling gear). Set it up near the garage to make loading and unloading easy, or station it strategically to fill a void: voilà, an instant potting shed in the garden or a poolside cabana for floats, noodles, and rafts. Leave it up all season.
To buy: Pop-up large storage shed, $300, improvementscatalog.com.
Also good for: Garish (or gargantuan) plastic kids’ toys; winter staples, like sleds and snowblowers; garage-sale fodder awaiting the big day; dorm-room gear between semesters.