How to Organize Miscellaneous Items

Posted by: on January 23rd, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 23 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Sometimes little areas of your home can be forgotten when you catch the organizing bug. Next time you’re out, grab a few of these wire shower hangers and use them to corral random items. Hang it on the wall, on the inside of a cabinet, or on the back of a door to organize small bathroom containers, first aid items, mail, notebooks, or anything else that might be easily lost or misplaced.

Storage and organization tips: wire shower hanger

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[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 Organize Shoes on Your Wall

Posted by: on January 22nd, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 22 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Our friends at Martha Stewart came up with this genius solution for organizing shoes — use picture rail moulding to store shoes on your wall. Not only is it supremely functional, but it turns favorite pumps into wall art.

Storage & Organization TIps: Store shoes on your wall

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Not only does this project wrap up in just a few hours, but pre-primed picture moulding comes in at only $1.09 per linear foot. Not bad!

For instructions on creating these shoe hangers, visit this slideshow.

[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 Create a Mail Filing System

Posted by: on January 21st, 2012 | One Comment

Day 21 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Mail can get out-of-hand very quickly in any household. The best way to be sure bills get paid, sentimental cards get saved, and trash gets recycled is to create a filing system that stays right at the door.

Storage & Organization Tip: Mai filing system

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[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 Design for Bath Safety and Accessibility

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | Make A Comment

How to Design for Bath Safety

It’s the first place you go when you wake up in the morning. It’s usually the last place you go before going to bed at night. You clean it. You use it. You relax in it. It’s your haven….your own private retreat inside your home. It’s your bathroom, and according to the Home Safety Council, it’s also the second most dangerous room in your home. Make it safer. Design for bath safety and accessibility.

Use non-slip mats. Water makes surfaces slippery and dangerous even for the most healthy individuals. Prevent falls and make the bathroom safer for the whole family by adding non-slip mats.

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How to Create an Organized Entryway Drop Spot

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 20 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: The last thing you want to see as soon as you walk in the door is a cluttered mess on your entry table. Rather than just throwing junk down, create a designated space for devices, keys, and wallets.

Storage & Organization Tips: Entryway drop spot

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Be sure to label each section of the tray to help family members keep up with the system.

[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 Refinish Wood Floors With Stain

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | One Comment

When hardwood floors came back as a must-do home design trend, they came back in a big way. They offer so much design versatility, adding character and decorative flair to any look from elegant and sophisticated to casual and comfortable to modern and cosmopolitan. You can’t go wrong with hardwood.

It’s always a plus when a flooring makeover reveals beautiful hardwood floors beneath carpet or linoleum. That’s just what happened to Community member Cueshot108 while tackling a small remodeling project. In his Forum post ”First timer using Minwax Stain. Need help,” he shares his project to turn a small bedroom into his man cave. Forum associate ChristineClaret joined the discussion to provide expert advice and guidance on refinishing wood floors with stain.

Refinish Hardwood Floors with Wood Stain

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Cueshot108 was surprised to find pine hardwood floors when he ripped up the linoleum floors in a small bedroom. His newly discovered hardwood floors are in excellent condition, and he plans to use Minwax Wood Finish to stain them. He wants to know whether or not conditioning the hardwood and applying polyurethane after applying the stain is necessary.

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How to Organize Plastic Grocery Bags

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 19 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Plastic grocery bags really add up in a household, especially if you have a large family. Keep them organized by stuffing the grocery bags in an old tissue box. They stay tucked away until you’re ready to reuse them.

Storage and organization tip: store plastic grocery bags in an old tissue box until you're ready to reuse them

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Attach the tissue box to your cabinet door with some Scotch Mounting Tape, and voila!

[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]

Inspired Looks: Home Decor Color Trends 2012

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | 8 Comments

 

The return of color, in bold hues and modern neutrals, is the one of the major trend in home decor. Color experts, like those at the color company Pantone, the “global color authority for fashion and home furnishings,” have taken cues from a wide range of sources – film, technology, art, global hot spots – to develop this year’s predictions of the colors that will inspire fashion and home decor in the upcoming year. Each year they also choose one color as the “color of the year.” This year’s winner is Tangerine Tango.

Take a quick look at how some interior designers view home decor color trends, and see how the infusion of color can enliven your living spaces.

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How to Replace a Vanity Light Safely

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Whenever you’re dealing with electrical wiring things can get a little tricky and you must remember that it’s always safety first! As long as you follow a few basic safety precautions, replacing a vanity light in your bathroom is an easy project that you can handle yourself without the help of a professional electrician.

This video gives you step-by-step instructions on how to replace a vanity light while highlighting important safety issues like switching off the electricity from the power box. Remember to disconnect all electrical wires and make sure that the proper wiring is in place before removing bulbs from the old fixture to avoid breaking them.

Be sure to check out our huge selection of bath products, including vanities, faucets, tubs and toilets. You can also visit our Home Depot How-To Community Forum for expert associate advice on all sorts of home improvement projects.

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

Meet The Material: Duct Tape

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | 4 Comments
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A floor made of duct tape stripes

MacGyver was a popular ’80s/early ’90s television action-adventure hero who used his superior knowledge of science and everyday ordinary materials, like duct tape, to routinely escape danger and save the world from imminent disaster. Folks have been “macgyvering” problems around the house ever since.

So keep this in mind when things seem irrevocably broken, or you need to come up with a quick fix for one of life’s little misadventures: “It ain’t broke, it just lacks duct tape.”

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