The Akro-Mils plastic tote caddy has a price tag of $10.53 and is available in blue and white. The caddy is designed to hold your cleaning tools for you while you are scrubbing away. This caddy is light-weight, it weighs just two pounds and has deep pockets to hold a variety of cleaners and rags. It has been crafted from molded industrial-grade polypropylene and was made in the USA. The caddy has a handle positioned in the middle for carrying purposes and all your home improvement needs.

Pros

Instead of constantly misplacing the Windex when you’re cleaning, this handy tote is easy to carry around and holds a lot of stuff. It’s durable and doesn’t feel like it’s going to crack when you’re using it. The pockets are deep enough to hold large cans and super sized paper towel rolls. It’s large enough to hold a good amount of cleaning supplies and help keep you organized.

Cons

Unfortunately, like most items, there are a few setbacks. The handle is short and a bit uncomfortable to carry around, there is no rubberized grip attached. Because of its size, customers have had trouble finding a place to store it. Perhaps a future model could fold up for easy storage.

Overall

If you’re looking to be a little more organized, and need help, this is the perfect cleaning companion for you. Aside from an awkward grip while carrying it, this is a solid cleaning caddy that is large enough to store a decent amount of spray bottles and sponges.

If you want to learn how to do home renovation projects yourself, your’e going to have to invest in a lot of tools to get the job done. One of my favorite sites for tool reviews is ToolGuyd, if you’re interested in checking out a lot more on the subject. But for now, we’re just going to zero in on a few that I find particularly valuable, and which should work on all types of jobs; so if you’re just starting out, it might be a good decision to target these first.

Hammer

What tool kit would be complete without a hammer? You certainly don’t need me to tell you what a hammer does, but you may be surprised to find out how much you really need one once you start working. I’d estimate that I put my hammer to use in about 75% of all my home improvement projects.

Power Saw

A good power saw can save you so much time. When we were re-doing our bathroom, there was a complicated shelving unit that my wife wanted to place in. I was going to build it from scratch. It involved a lot of moving parts, and a lot of wood. My power saw saved me dozens of hours, at least. The downside with these things is that they’re kind of expensive (~$200) and they take up a lot of room.

Kniving Tool

Whereas a power saw can do good work on bigger pieces you’re working with, you’ll also need a good knife to take care of some of the smaller jobs. The┬áKa-Bar Becker Companion is my favorite all-around knife for such jobs. It’s sharp as hell and is so well-made, it should last you a long time.

So, again — there are a LOT more tools than this to really set you on your way. But this is a good place to start. Take care of these three items, and you’ll be ready to get going. Then you can move on to the more involved items, which we’ll save for a later post.

If you have hardwood flooring throughout your home, chances are you have a love/hate relationship with them. On one hand, you love the beautiful, elegant, and timeless look hardwood floors give off. On the other hand, they can be a bit of a pain in the ass to keep clean!

We talked with Jamie Smith, owner and operator of vacuuumstrategist.com, on how to best keep those hardwood floors nice and new-looking.

“The first thing you need is the right kind of vacuum,” Jamie tells us. “You many think any old type of vacuum cleaner will do on hardwood floors, but that certainly isn’t the case.”

So what should you be looking for instead? “It all comes down to the brush roll,” Jamie says. “A brush roll is great at picking up dirt and debris, but it’s a roller so it can cause damage to the wood. Make sure your vacuum either doesn’t have a brush roll at all, or if it does have one, make sure it’s adjustable so you can simply turn it off.”

Jamie also recommends a couple of quick, easy tips to treat your floors: make sure to use a simple soap and water solution, instead of chemical cleaning solutions, when you’re washing your floors. The chemicals from the cleaning solutions can cause damage to the wood.

Also, it sounds obvious, but when you have people into your home, politely ask them to leave their shoes near the front door, as any dirt or debris on the bottom of their shoes can end up causing the wood floors to be scratched.