This is especially true if you’ve inherited tools from the previous owner of your home or someone who owned them before that. It can make finding tools difficult, and it can make equipment useless because you have no idea how to use it.
With a little organization – both time and physical – you can keep all your tools together so they’re easy to find, easy to use, and more effective for making repairs around your house. Here are some ways to organize a toolbox.
Make a plan
You don’t have to be an architect or engineer to come up with a good design for your toolbox. You just need measurements of each compartment or shelf where you will store things, as well as an idea of what types of items need their own compartments.
Once you’ve designed the toolbox, make a list of each item you own and put it in its proper place. If some items are still unassigned, then consider them too large or bulky to fit into your toolbox right now.
When it’s time to purchase new tools for your collection, keep this plan in mind so you can find what you’re looking for easily.
Get rid of duplicates
Now that all the items have their assigned places, you should remove any duplicate tools from your toolbox. You only need one set of pliers or wrenches if they will do the same job as another set on hand. Keep one extra just in case you lose one on the job site, but no more than that.
Rearrange frequently used tools
This is especially true for items with handles, such as hammers and saws. By keeping the handle of these items on the outside of the toolbox, you’ll be able to open it up and grab them quickly without digging around or wasting time looking for them within all your other equipment. This will save you time on every job site or home repair work you do because those types of tools are always needed first when something needs fixing.
Group like items together
Many people make the mistake of trying to organize their tools by kind, such as all saws together in one pocket and wrenches in another pocket. When you do this, your toolbox becomes even more disorganized and frustrating to use.
Instead, group your tools by the type of job they do. This includes putting all cutting tools together in one section, all screwdrivers together in another section, and so on. You can then organize each section based on its size or shape for a simple grid structure when stacking them in your toolbox drawer.
Keep small-sized items within reach
Having a step stool when you work around the home is important because it allows you to reach things that are normally out of arm’s length.
A toolbox with inadequate compartments means smaller items might always be out of reach when needed during a job site visit, but if you have an appropriate amount of space within your toolbox compartments then you won’t have this problem.
There are many other ways to organize a toolbox depending on the size and type of tools you have, but these basics will get your job site organized in no time so you can be more efficient when using your equipment for repairs around the home.
Keeping your tools organized will save you time, money, and frustration. If you’re not sure how to start getting everything in order, check out these 5 ways that can help with any type of toolbox or drawer space. We hope this article has given you some ideas for organizing the things around your home or work site!