There are so many different ways to organize tools, each one depending on which type of tool you are working with: crafting, plumbing, auto, electrical and many more. However, there are a few rules that can apply across all types of tools, like storing them vertically to save space, and dealing with cords and cables in a neat way.
1. Get in a zone.
If you don’t have an entire room to dedicate, create a hobby or work zone in one of your larger rooms, like the garage, basement, attic. This way your tools and accessories will be stowed and accessed in one area, instead of becoming clutter in other parts of your home.
2. Make sure it’s guaranteed.Reputable sellers will guarantee tools for a lifetime, so unless you’re getting an amazing deal, it really makes more sens to buy tools shiny and new rather than used.
3. Organize a file box for user manuals, warranties, and receipts.Staple the receipts and any warranty information to the user manual and then file all of the information into a plastic storage container. Don’t worry about organizing the manuals down any further -- as long as you know where that box is, you should be able to find any manual, receipt or warranty quickly.
4. Group by type.Separate tools by metric or standard, by type of job (electrical, auto, plumbing) or by type of tool (chisels, hammers, file.) or by size. Once you’ve figured our your organizing scheme, stick to it for every new tool or material you purchase or procure.
Pegboards have small holes from which to hang hooks of different sizes to then hold tools
, supplies and project ideas. Bonus: you can tailor the pegboard to the wall space you have available.
6. Use duplicate tools to create extra tool kits.If you’ve collected, been gifted, or have inherited tools, you can choose to donate the duplicates, or use them to create tool kits: one for the car, one to take to the vacation rental, and one to leave at Grandma's for when you’re over doing repairs.
7. Donate old tools.Tools don’t come with an expiration date, so feel free to donate tools you are no longer using to a worthy cause. Find a charitable organization like Habitat for Humanity, or donate them to your local high school.
8. Take the time to gather tools ahead of starting a project.Just like laying out ingredients for a recipe, read through the project and then lay out each tool, material, or accessory you will need beforehand. A little fore-thought on the front end will save time as you work.
9. Use your prime real estate.When laying out tool organization, place your most-used items in the easiest to reach spots. This will be the drawers that are waist-high in your tool chest, the first level of your tool box, and the center of your pegboard.
10. Store “smalls” in shallow drawers.You want to be able to visualize the entire drawer as you reach for a needle, a clip or a nail--for both safety reasons, and for speed.