10 Must-Have Toolbox Items


1. Hammer

Choose a hammer that is comfortable to grip and use.

2. Screwdrivers

Three sizes of Phillips and Flathead Screwdrivers for assembling or disassembling anything in your home.

3. Pliers

Locking pliers with a 2 inch jaw opening. Needle nose pliers are handy for delicate work. Don’t forget wire cutters as well!

4. Wrench

Choose an adjustable wrench that can reduce or expand in size.

5. Tape Measure

Make sure your tape measure is at least 25 feet in length, which works in most households.

6. Drill and Drill Bit Set

Go cordless for easy work inside or outside.

7. Level

A 12 inch level is perfect for most household projects.

8. Saw

A basic 22 inch handsaw or 10-12 tooth crosscut handsaw should do the trick.

9. Utility Knife

Choose one with a retractable blade for safety!

10. Stud Finder

Helpful for hanging everything from pictures to shelves on the wall.


Use a large toolbox to store all of your household tools so you can always find them.


Exterior Home Damage: An Actionable Guide Anyone Can Follow


Homeownership is a significant accomplishment that also comes with a lot of work. You no longer have the ability to call your landlord’s maintenance crew over for help once you sign the paperwork to make the home your own.

It’s liberating to have a home to yourself, but what happens when your abode suffers exterior damage? Summer is a time of year when that’s more likely to occur, so check out this actionable guide that will help you make repairs this year.

Chipped Siding Paint

It’s becoming more popular for modern homes to have plastic exterior siding. It holds up better in changing weather conditions, but not every house has this feature.

Your home may be a bit older or done by a contractor who finished the job by painting your siding. The right color paint can make a house stand out from the others in your neighborhood, but it does require a bit of upkeep.

The weather has a significant effect on how your home’s paint begins to chip. Excess rain and hot temperatures will peel it away from your house, making your property look much older than it is.

Instead of letting summer destroy your home’s paint, be proactive and fight against it. With the right upkeep, your house will look as good as new.

To fix peeling paint, you’ll need a few supplies:

  • Wood putty and a knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint

Lightly sand the chipped area to remove excess paint. Fill it in with the wood putty and let it dry for a minimum of two hours. After the putty dries, use the sandpaper to flatten it.

Once the putty is flat, you can then paint over the area with the color of your choice. It may be best to do this project in the morning, so the paint has all day to dry in the heat.

Damage From Hail

Hail can happen during summer thunderstorms or even tornadoes, if you live in an area that gets those in the summer months.

After you’ve had a storm with hail, you’ll need to check all around your house for damage. It can damage any spot on your home, so make sure to do a thorough check by looking for these signs:

  • Broken fans or ducts around your AC unit
  • Pieces of roof shingles in the yard
  • Leaks in your attic
  • Water damage on the ceiling of your top floor
  • Dents in your home’s siding

If you see any of these signs, call a contractor for help. Repairing major hail damage is a task best left to the professionals, so the work holds up over time.

Leaking Roof

Your roof may be the first and most substantial part of your home to come under threat from summer weather events. Tree limbs and large chunks of hail could fall on it and leave wide cracks and holes.

The unseen damage could even be worse than you initially realize. If you remove a large tree branch from your roof and try to repair a cracked shingle yourself, the real damage could be cracks around other shingles that you don’t see.

Don’t let leaks damage your home over time. Call a roofing contractor to inspect it after a major storm, or if you know it hasn’t undergone an inspection in over a year.

After they inspect your home, they’ll talk about the future of your project. They’ll also help you determine if your homeowner’s insurance policy can reimburse you and show you how to fill out a claim.

The contractor will help schedule their roofing team and lay out the project for you, so you always know what’s going on.

Fallen Tree

Fallen trees also occur over the summer, and if one falls in your yard, you need to take a couple of essential steps to guarantee your safety.

If a tree falls on or near your home, it could pull down electric lines or break gas lines, so the first thing you should always do is leave your house. After calling 911 to send out first responders to check your home, your next step should be to call your insurance company. They’ll let you know what services they’ll cover to get your home repaired.

Even if your insurance does not offer to pay for a contractor, you should still call a professional to come and inspect your home. Trees present another situation where the damage could be far worse than what’s visible.

Contractors will inspect your home’s foundation, so if there are cracks, they can fix them. They’ll double-check your home’s drywall and any brickwork for breaks as well. All of these cracks can lead to more extensive damage later on, and they’re an issue you should deal with right away.

Cracked Windows

Storm debris could also leave you with cracked windows. Depending on how severe the crack is, there are two possible ways to fix it.

The first method is to put some clear tape on either side of the glass to keep your home safe from water leaking through the window while you try to repair it.

The next step is to assess if you can use a glass adhesive to seal the crack shut. This adhesive is the same thing auto glass companies use to repair car windshields that have suffered damage from rocks.

If your window has cracked in a way that makes it hard to see through, it may shatter easily. That’s when you’d skip to calling a glass repair technician to replace it. It’s possible to do it by yourself, but it’s a rather complicated job. Professionals can do the work the right way, the first time.

Inspect After Every Storm

This summer inspect your home after every storm. Take note on what has and has not experienced damage and compare it all to this guide. If you have questions about damage, it’s always a safe bet to call a professional to come out and look.

They won’t mind stopping by to ensure your safety, even if it doesn’t result in a big project. Maintain your safety and the well-being of your home this summer by knowing how to handle exterior home damage.

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Expand Your Wine Storage in Time to Go Wine Tasting



As you grow and expand your wine collection, your wine storage should grow along with you! The Dakota wine racks are just what you need to properly store and protect your wine bottles.  You don’t need an expansive wine cellar to keep a generous stash of your favorite wine stored in your home. These wooden wine racks store and display your wine in a professional manner that is sure to impress your guests. 

Are you planning a trip to a winery or two? If you’re like the rest of us, you can’t leave the tasting room without several bottles of your favorite vintages! The wine industry is booming in the USA, in fact, we are the fourth-largest wine producing country! While California produces the most wine by far, other states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Washington produce a fair amount. You may even find specialty wineries like the Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery (based in Michigan) who produce wine made from maple sugar! 

Now that you have your wine, now what? Our Dakota wine racks are constructed from North American red oak and come in a variety of finishes to complement your home decor. The wine racks are also available unfinished to create a more rustic appearance, or you can finish them yourself in a stain of your choosing.  The best part about these specific wine racks: they come in individual rows that you stack on top of one another, allowing you to effectively customize the storage to your current storage needs! 

Two sizes are currently available: small and large. The only difference between them in how many wine bottles each row can hold. The smaller size can effectively hold three standard-sized wine bottles while the larger size can accommodate up to four bottles of wine. Each row is designed to store bottles on their sides in order to preserve the corks. An options display row at the top gives you the ability to display a couple of your favorite vintages at an angle.

You can easily combine units and reconfigure them as your wine storage grows over the years, allowing you to create  a cohesive wine storage system in your home. Stack more rows together or set multiple wine rack rows side-by-side to create a wall of wine storage. The options are endless with the Dakota wine racks from Wooden Mallet! 


Dakota Wine Racks from Wooden Mallet, as sold on the Organize-It website.

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