How to Organize Your Recycling

Posted by: on January 14th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Day 14 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Create a recycling station in your kitchen or pantry with a sheet of pegboard, some metal trash cans, and a few wire baskets.

Storage and organization tips: Create a recycling station in your kitchen or pantry with pegboard, trash cans, and wire baskets

Image from Martha Stewart

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Caulk Tips From The Forum

Posted by: on January 13th, 2012 | Make A Comment

As you prepare your home for winter, don’t forget to caulk. Caulking around windows and doors can help prevent heat from escaping, making your home more energy efficient. Caulking in these areas can also prevent dust and debris from entering your home through the walls. Caulk also keeps the moisture out and prevents rotting wood. If the caulk around tubs, toilets and other wet areas is starting to crack or separate, it’s time to replace it. This inexpensive DIY project is fast and easy. Here are some caulking tips from The Home Depot Forum.

Caulking Crisis

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From DoItYourself.com

Q: I accidentally caulked my crown molding with silicone kitchen caulk instead of an acrylic all purpose one. I now cannot paint the edges where I used the caulk. Please advise what I can do to have the paint adhere to the edge where the caulk is located.  - Community Member Rob13

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How to Carve out a Mudroom

Posted by: on January 13th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 13 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: While not everyone has space in their home to create a whole room dedicated to muddy boots, outdoor toys, wet coats, and the like, we think you can create a little mini-organizing station in your entryway or right at your back door, no matter how small your space is. Use a bench, fabric bins, and some coat hooks to create a mudroom in a small space. Extra points if you add photos to each bin to signal whose stuff is whose.

Storage and organizing tips: Add a mudroom by using fabric bins and coat hooks to your entryway

Image from Martha Stewart

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Inspiring Looks: Home Decor Trends 2012

Posted by: on January 12th, 2012 | 3 Comments

 2012 Decor Trends images

You may be spending more time around the house these days, devoting more attention to refining the style and personality of your home, and trying to make each room more functional, engaging and stylish.

To inspire you to create the awesomeness you desire for your home, here are some some amazing images of unique, well-designed spaces – stunning baths, to-die-for kitchens, altogether incredible interiors – all to help you get more enjoyment from your home.

To kick off this column, we thought we’d start you off with our Top 5 Home Décor Trends for 2012.  The great thing about trends is that they are just like any other set of opinions – you’re always free to take note of what you like and disregard the rest.

Let us know what you think, and how you plan to re-imagine your living space in 2012.

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How to Save Energy In The Winter

Posted by: on January 12th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Most kids hear the expression “money doesn’t grow on trees” at least once in their childhood. And as they grow into adults they realize just how true that statement is: people work hard for their money! If there are quick and easy changes that help you save, it doesn’t make sense not to do so, right?

You’d be surprised how a few simple tweaks around your home can help you use less energy and save tons of money over time. Watch this video for straightforward advice on how to save energy in the winter, like adding insulation to floors, attics and crawlspaces, using caulk and weather stripping to seal gaps and cracks, replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs, and installing a programmable thermostat. The video also highlights not-so-commonly-known ideas such as when to open and close your drapes and shades and installing a tank-less water heater. You’ll also learn about the benefits of updating your home with Energy-Star qualified windows and appliances.

Homedepot.com has lots of other great alternative energy solutions to help you save money while saving the environment as well. Our associate experts on The Home Depot How-To Community Forum can offer great advice and solutions too.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

How to Store Pot Lids on Pantry Door

Posted by: on January 12th, 2012 | Make A Comment

In this post, we offered up a helpful tip for organizing pot lids in your pot drawer, and today, we’re bringing you yet another option for organizing pot lids.

Day 12 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Mount a metal towel bar on the back of your pantry door to create a rack for pot lids.

Storage and Organization Tip: Mount a metal towel bar on a pantry door to create storage for pot lids

Image from Martha Stewart

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

How to Use Garden Baskets as Toy Storage

Posted by: on January 11th, 2012 | 9 Comments

Day 11 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: A wall-mounted garden basket can serve as storage bins when added to a kids bedroom or playroom.

Image from Better Homes & Gardens

Get the look with this 24 inch hanging garden basket or browse these garden baskets.

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

As Joplin, Missouri Rebuilds, a Home Depot Store Reopens

Posted by: on January 11th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Since the town of Joplin, Missouri was hit by a terrible tornado in May 2011, The Home Depot has promised to stand with this community and rebuild together. After months of hard work, manager Steve Cope and the associates at The Home Depot #3042 are making final preparations to reopen the store today.

In celebration of this grand reopening, the store will hold a dedication ceremony and Neighborhood Night. The reopening ceremony will also include the dedication of a memorial to the casualties at The Home Depot.

The Home Depot remains committed to the Joplin community. We have worked to rebuild the new store as quickly as possible, while also operating a temporary store to help serve the community’s overall rebuilding efforts.

As part of the Grand Reopening, The Home Depot Foundation is donating $500,000 to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Joplin Recovery Fund for long-term rebuilding efforts in Joplin. This $500,000 is a part of the $1 million the Foundation committed for the immediate relief and long-term rebuilding efforts in Joplin in 2011.

The public is invited to the reopening ceremony and Neighborhood Night, which happen today, Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The store is located at 3110 E. 20th Street in Joplin.

We hope people in the area will stop by the store and pause a moment at the memorial. Joplin should be proud of community spirit that arose following the disaster, which holds the town together as it recovers.

Editor’s Note: Visit our archives for more information about the Joplin disaster and recovery effort.

Add Over-the-Door Storage in the Bathroom

Posted by: on January 10th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Day 10 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If your bathroom is short on storage, add a shelf above the door to keep cleaning supplies, extra soap and beauty products, and extra towels out of the way.

Storage and organization tips: add a shelf above the bathroom door

Image from Martha Stewart

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Getting Your Fireplace Ready For Winter

Posted by: on January 10th, 2012 | Make A Comment

It’s true that the winter season is here already, but wintry weather is just starting to catch up to many around the country. Avoiding the winter chill by escaping into a warm, cozy home is always a favorite option this time of year. So chances are you’ll be firing up the fireplace very soon if you haven’t done so already. Be sure to keep these safety tips in mind before getting started.

No matter what type of fireplace you have this video will walk you through important steps to get you through getting your fireplace ready for winter safely. For those of you with wood burning fireplaces, proper cleaning and regular flue inspections are a must to keep out animals and debris. Gas log fireplace owners must be careful to always turn off the gas valve before starting any maintenance and carefully remove and replace the gas logs to prevent dangerous carbon buildup.

Check out homedepot.com for a huge selection of fireplace tools and accessories and The Home Depot How-To Community Forum for expert associate advice on even more home winterization techniques.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.