So I might be about a year or so behind, but I have recently stumbled upon one of the greatest concepts for all us DIYers out there:
If you’re anything like me, you spend countless hours scouring Home Depot’s website for the various items you need and forming a not-so-little shopping list only to walk into the store and experience the following: hardware store overload. You walk through the front doors and, after pausing a moment under the nice overhead heaters they’ve installed for the winter that make you feel like a cat in a sun spot on the floor, take that list and start searching the aisle markers for clues as to where you can find your items. With any luck you stumble upon a helpful employee who can direct you, but usually only after about 10 minutes of aisle wandering. Thermostats? They’re in plumbing btw.
Even if you CAN find what you’re looking for, if you’re a 5’3″ girl, you’re probably going to need to find someone to help you get it down. That’s when all the little orange-vested people disappear. I swear it’s a conspiracy. So 5 aisles away you finally hunt someone down to walk back with you to retrieve an item (and heaven forbid they have to call someone else to help). I don’t mean to bash Home Depot – I honestly wouldn’t be able to do most of what I do without them, but the stores are just so darn BIG. And with my 9-5 job, websites to maintain, a cat to feed, projects to tackle, and of course spending time with the boy, I don’t tend to have an extra hour to wander around the store to pick up everything I need.
Thankfully, Home Depot now offers a pick-up-in-store option. Find what you need online, select pick up in store, pay, and within minutes you have an email telling you your items are ready to be picked up. All you have to do is print the email and go straight to the Customer Service desk and there it is… a bag of everything you needed. No wasted time wandering. No temptation to start ANOTHER project before this one is done. No wandering around for someone taller and/or stronger to help you out. And MORE time to spend doing the fun stuff. So take my advice and check it out next time you’re tackling a project and can actually take advantage of this – because obviously this doesn’t really work if you’re having to have lumber/pipes cut or if you really have no idea what you’re even looking for.