Tool Storage Ideas and Organization
Most of us tend to accumulate tools without much thinking and before we know it, they could overwhelm us. Fortunately, we already have an abundance of tool storage ideas brought to us by the experts and the pros.
The main idea, of course, is organization. The following tips and suggestions are all geared to reduce clutter and reclaim those spaces in the storage areas of your home.
Another bonus advantage is finding that specific tool you are looking for much faster and easier.
One of the most practical tools storage ideas recommended by experts is grouping.
Storing similar tools together makes for quick retrieval, easy use, and fast return to their places of storage.
Hand tools like screwdrivers of all styles, shapes, and sizes can go together in one place.
Another similar idea is to store side by side those groups of tools that are used together most often. Screwdrivers, hammers and pliers are usually needed together in one job.
A portable tool box is one of those practical tools storage ideas that can work either way – as a help or a hindrance. If you only have a kit of few handy tools, a small tool box is all right.
Portable tool boxes can best serve as caddies for carrying and returning your immediate tools when doing a project away from your storage area (your garage or tools shed). However, storing all your tools in a large portable box will be a problem when looking for something that could be at the bottom.
Mix and match
Keeping storage racks (pegboards) and tool cabinets greatly saves you the time that was previously lost in looking for things you need at the moment. With organization, looking for and finding your tools only take seconds.
Another of those practical tools storage ideas that work best in these steel tool cabinets is mixing and matching small and bulky tools in one storage area. These are the related tools that you may use together in one project. The main reason is the same – easier retrieval and return.
There are other tools storage ideas that you might not have tried yet but are just as practical as the rest. One is installing hooks, tool hangers, and baskets on the inside of your cabinet’s door to maximize the storage space.
Another idea would be to place the tools you use most often within easy access or easy reach of your hand. These areas would be the center of your cabinet storage or pegboards, the first level of the tool box, or at the waist-high drawer of the tool chest.
Putting labels on the space area at the back of each tool can greatly help those who are not familiar with them. You would also know if a tool is missing or isn’t returned to its proper place.