SIMPLE TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR TOOLBOX
Some homeowners think that organizing their tools involves getting several cardboard boxes and throwing different kinds of tools into different boxes.
Maybe they even write descriptions of what is in the boxes on the outside with a black marking pen. But over time, of course, the system breaks down and many different objects and kinds of tools end up in the wrong boxes. And frequently, those homeowners end up going out to a hardware store to buy the tool they need all over again. That isn't really you, is it?
Deep down inside, you know there is probably a better way. You'd like to get more organized, and you can start by buying a toolbox to do that. But what kind of tool box do you need?
1 | Start small by buying a portable toolbox
We recommend a toolbox maybe 19 or 20 inches long with a handle on top. Metal will last longer, but plastic might be easier to carry. You can probably buy a toolbox like this for from $50 to $100. Check out the Stanley Proto toolbox on our Web site: https://www.rosieonthehouse.com/estore
2 | You want a toolbox with an inner removable tray
The inner removable tray is great for stashing smaller objects where they won't get bumped around or lost. You might even want one with another tray or containers that can store nails, screws and similar materials. You want to keep three or four important tools that you use all the time in your tool box. That could include: a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, a level, tape measure, utility knife or mini hacksaw. But don't try to cram too many tools into the box.
3 | Keep that toolbox on a shelf in your garage
Now, for the really hard part, leaving the toolkit where you can always find it, without needing to rummage around. Or maybe you'll keep it in a closet inside the laundry room or a similar location. Always put all the tools back after using them. And don't leave the toolbox in a new location after you've finished using it. If you buy a really big toolbox, be sure to label all the drawers.
4 | Ensure you have enough Space
So, maybe you're ready to graduate to something larger. Maybe you want to buy a larger rolling toolbox that has wheels on it like today's modern suitcases. That type of storage center can be used for heavy hand tools and power tools. Or you can buy a large stationary tool chest or you can store tools on a board on a wall in the garage. Those kinds of storage areas can vary in price from about $400 for a rolling toolbox to $1,000 or more for a really big tool chest or cabinet. High quality tool chests will be made of thicker gauge steel and have stronger sliding drawers.
5 | Out with the old tools and in with the new
Once you have that new storage equipment, it could be time to get rid of all those inferior wrenches and screwdrivers and hammers; equipment that looks dirty and rusty and is rarely used. Discard them or give the better equipment to a charity or to someone else who could make good use of it. Cleaning up your tools is a good resolution for the New Year.
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