Junk

As a landlord, my partner and I tend to accumulate lots of little fix-it paraphernalia. We have traditional tools, of course, like drills and battery chargers, hammers and nails, drywall anchors, circular saws and an assortment of bolts of various sizes. We have half-used gallons of paint and deck stain. We have paintbrushes and trays and rollers, and large scraps of new, unused carpeting that could be used in some small room. We have a spare dishwasher (and, until recently, a spare refrigerator) that work perfectly fine, and look decent, but probably wouldn’t fetch much money on the open market. We have excess tile and planks of pine and several bottles of cleaning products.

Even though we hire contractors to do most major work, my partner and I have accumulated this junk from doing small little jobs ourselves. (We do less of that now that we’ve scaled up to six units, but we did quite a bit more when we were first starting out). And now we have a problem that we never anticipated when we entered the landlording business:

Where on earth are we supposed to store all this junk?

If we had a garage or a toolshed, we’d have a bit more space. But we live in an urban setting. We don’t have space to keep tools and tile and excess 2