Outdoor Living10 min

Stress Less: Tips to Get More Enjoyment From This Holiday Season

Preparing for the most wonderful time of the year can be, well, not so wonderful. In fact, it can be downright stressful when you consider the long list of gifts to buy, the decorating to be done and the holiday treats to be baked. Remember not to sweat the small stuff and you will have more time to truly enjoy the holidays! Here are tips on how to stress less from LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®, your source for quality shed materials.

  • Decide what’s most important. Keep your stress level low by setting goals and sticking to them. Decide the three things that are most important for you to accomplish at the holidays. The first might be making cookies with your children or grandchildren, or taking time to buy and wrap meaningful gifts. Focus on those important things you want to accomplish, and don’t waste energy in other areas.
  • Decorate one focal point – instead of the whole room. Do you ever feel helpless in the face of home magazines that feature every room covered in holiday décor? Instead of trying to achieve Christmas decorating perfection alone, focus on creating one decorated focal point in each room. This could include a mantel, a dining table or a Christmas tree.
  • Put your best dish forward. If you are hosting a holiday gathering for family or friends, don’t fall into the trap of cooking a full meal alone (unless that’s something you enjoy). Choose one dish your family loves so you know it will be a hit with your guests, then enlist others to contribute their favorites. Set the table the night before, so you’ll have more time to mingle and won’t be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else makes memories.
  • Instead of a dinner, host an open house. Most loved ones won’t remember fancy table settings and elaborate entrees next year – they care more about spending time together. If you don’t want to tackle a big holiday dinner, opt for a low-key open house. Open houses are far less stressful for both hosts and guests. Serve finger foods and appetizers for an evening gathering, or try a breakfast open house with coffee and holiday pastries.
  • Shop for gifts online. Starting in 2015, more shoppers went online than to stores over Black Friday weekend, and for good reason. There are no crowded malls, long lines or parking hassles online – you simply get what you want, when you want it. Make the process even less stressful by shopping early for the best selection and assurance that your gifts will arrive in plenty of time.

Do you stress over holiday clutter? Learn simple tips to keep your home organized this holiday season!

Get More Room With an Outdoor Storage Building

Outdoor storage buildings are a great place to store household items when you need more room for guests indoors, and decorations when the holidays are over. In addition to keeping your home clutter-free, a shed built with LP products offers more durable protection than the standard plywood shed. LP engineered wood resists warping, splitting, cracking, fungal decay and termites. Find dealers near you that sell sheds built with LP products.

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Trends5 min

Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

As time fades, so do exterior remodeling trends. One trend we aren’t seeing losing its appeal anytime soon, however, is prefinished siding. If you’re a homeowner considering a residing project, prefinished siding materials are certainly worth exploring. The pros that come with using prefinished siding range from project efficiency advantages like time/labor savings and a cleaner jobsite to aesthetic benefits like color consistency and durability.

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Renovation5 min
A Homeowner’s Perspective: How to Navigate the Renovation Planning Process

When considering an exterior remodel, homeowners can often be intimidated by the layers of planning and countless decisions to be made…from choosing the right remodeler to selecting lasting materials to picking out a paint color. With a large investment, it’s vital for homeowners to put in the time to ensure they are making the right choices throughout the planning process to achieve their desired result.

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Using the Right Siding for a Craftsman Home

Today’s craftsman-style homes are variations of the ones first built in America in the late 1890s in a revolt against the overly ornate Victorian style of the day. The name was coined by the founder of Craftsman magazine, which was devoted to ensuring “serious architecture” was accessible for working-class families.

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5 Tips for Getting an Accurate Siding Estimate

You’ve noticed your home’s siding could use a face lift. Maybe your siding is cracked, has damaging build-up or perhaps the passage of time has taken a toll on its appearance. With the primary purpose of exterior siding being to add a protective layer to your home, you’ve decided it’s time for a siding repair or replacement. Now what?