Time for a Tool Box Upgrade
Is your tool box a super-handy, well-organized, easy-to-access receptacle of capability and precision? Or is it a rusty dusty mess of metal implements you have to constantly rummage through to make a simple fix? Make tidying those tools your next DIY project to make all the projects that follow easier to start on.
Start with a Better Box
A tool box with enough room to organize and display your tools so you can find just what you need is an essential tool in and of itself. While you may always need a small box with a handle to tote around a few essentials, your larger collection needs room to stretch out and grow. Look for features like built-in shelves, drawers, racks, bins, and hooks. Add some tool box wheels if your holder doesn’t have them so you can easily move it right where you need it.
Sort and Organize
With the right-size tool box waiting to be filled, it’s time to go over all your tools and see what you’ve got. Sort out all the items by type and purpose. Clean any tools that have grown oily, greasy, or rusty. Discard any tools that are broken and have only been taking up space. Put things like nails, nuts, bolts, and bits into piles by size. Not only will you be all ready to put things away in a neat, organized, and useful way, you’ll get a good idea of what you’re missing and a good excuse to do some new-tool shopping.
Put Everything in Its Place
Your new tool box may already come with customized spots to secure wrenches, screwdrivers, and sockets by size. If not, make another visit to the hardware store to look for racks that can be inserted into drawers or set on shelves. You can even take drawer-size pieces of foam and make cut-outs of appropriate sizes to insert tools and keep them separated and in place. Small plastic bins with dividers are a good way to keep small items sorted into useful groupings. Label your drawers, shelves, and organizers so you’ll remember exactly what is where.
Though organizing your tools will never be as fun as using them, any project is improved by maximizing the amount of time spent creating and minimizing the amount of time spent looking for that thing you need to proceed. No reason your tool box shouldn’t be as state-of-the-art as anything else you’re working on.