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

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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]

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.

How to Store the Hose and Sprinkler Neatly

Posted by: on January 9th, 2012 | One Comment

Day 9 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: To keep your hose from warping and tearing over time, wrap it around a 5-gallon bucket and keep your sprinkler inside.

Storage and organization tip: mount 5-gallon bucket to wall and wrap hose around bucket for near storage

Image from The Family Handyman

Buy the iconic, orange Homer Bucket online or in stores.

[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 Power Cords

Posted by: on January 8th, 2012 | 4 Comments

Day 8 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Use bread bag ties to label electronic cords so that you’ll never accidentally unplug the wrong cord.

Storage & Organization Tips: Label electronic cords with bread bag ties

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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]

Turn the Cabinet Toe-Kick into Storage

Posted by: on January 7th, 2012 | One Comment

Day 7 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Rather than letting a single inch of your kitchen space be function-free, consider having your toe-kick turned into a low drawer.

Storage and organization tip: turn the toe-kick of your kitchen cabinets into a drawer

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This idea takes a little more to execute (maybe even a hired carpenter), but in a kitchen with limited space, an investment in clever storage can help a small footprint work harder and live larger.

[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 Pot Lids

Posted by: on January 6th, 2012 | 4 Comments

Day 6 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: Add a tension rod in the front of pot drawers to create an easy home for pot lids.

Storage and organization: Organize pot lids with a tension rod in your pot drawer

This clever storage idea comes from Kelly at the blog The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking — and check out her original post for even MORE ideas for organizing your kitchen.

[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]

A Plank Flooring Installation Q&A From The Forums

Posted by: on January 6th, 2012 | Make A Comment
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Allure Ultra Vinyl Flooring in Country Pine

Home Depot Community member PearlyGirl has decided to update the flooring in her kitchen and hallway using either Allure Ashlar or Allure Corsica Dark planks. She’s considering installing the floors herself. She brought her plank flooring installation questions to the Forum first.  Forum associate Aboveaveragejoe answered her questions.

PearlyGirl: What type of installation is involved with each of these?  The back of the Corsica says it is plank flooring, but I thought it was square tiles that could be laid with grout to look like ceramic.

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How To Unclog A Toilet

Posted by: on January 5th, 2012 | Make A Comment

It’s inevitable. Every toilet gets clogged every now and then. Unclogging a toilet isn’t the most pleasant task, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. This short video will show you exactly how to unclog a toilet with as little fuss as possible.

These easy-to-follow instructions walk you through how to tackle this common household problem. You’ll even learn what to do if you come across a more stubborn clog, as well as useful tips like pouring in a little dishwashing detergent to help move things along. This video also keeps you from making common mistakes such as using a wire hanger or chemical drain cleaners to de-clog your toilet. From plungers to toilet augers, homedepot.com has everything you need to tackle this, and most other, plumbing jobs around the house. Our expert associates can also help! You can find them anytime on The Home Depot How-To Community Forum.

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