Four Emotional Benefits of She Sheds

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling, Love Essentially columnist and author

She sheds offer emotional benefits, keep relationships healthy

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

When Cindy Holmes-Fine and her husband moved in together five years ago, their blended family consisted of five kids, all still living at home. Although very happy to have such a large and loving family, Holmes-Fine felt like there were times she needed and wanted some space; alone time, a reprieve, an escape.

Her solution: A “she shed.”




“I got the inspiration from my sister, who had a garden shed that she turned into a garden office,” said Holmes-Fine, who also has three dogs and 12 chickens on the family’s Mt. Prospect urban farm. “My husband had built a shed for tools and garden equipment, so I asked him to build a shed for me, too.”

Described by Holmes-Fine as “a storybook home,” her she shed, which is constructed of cedar, offers eclectic décor, including a coffee table, chairs, a couch, a desk, and a bookcase. On the walls: pictures of flowers and inspirational sayings.


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Cindy Fine enjoys some wine in her she shed



“It’s an escape to a little fantasy world, a place to go read, have a glass of wine, or bring friends in if I choose,” she said.

She sheds — a trend that began a few years ago — are basically a women’s version of a man cave. But instead of typical furnishings found in a man cave, such as a mini-fridge stocked with beer, a TV, a recliner, and sports memorabilia, she sheds are very diverse in their décor; each one unique, and personally designed to the owner’s taste and purpose of the shed.

Some she sheds are extravagant, luxurious and expensive, and others are basic, with no frills. But one thing all she sheds have in common is that they offer emotional benefits and they help sustain healthy relationships.



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Jackie Pilossoph

Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorce is a journey. Live it with grace, courage and gratitude. Peace and joy are on the way! Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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