Today I am going to talk about small tools.
Things such as ratchets, hammers, screwdrivers, routers, and large tool accessories. Things like saw blades. Items that are generally stored in the garage/shop area.
Storing tools can be confusing, as sometimes we use them in the shop and sometimes we use them in the home. So, the “store where you use them” rule may or may not apply here.
I believe in having multiples of things, ONLY if we use them in various places. So, a small hammer in the house is going to be okay. I don’t think your collection of screwdrivers should live in the house, however. Maybe one that has a standard head on one end and a Phillips head on the other. And a small set for eyeglass screws if you wear glasses of any sort.
Luckily, at our home, we can now store the hammer in the garage. I have finally trained my husband to put tools I will use away. So, screwdrivers and hammers can almost always be found. (I just can’t get to them). He has one of those rolling toolboxes and I absolutely love it.
One year I purchased magnets that are made for these types of drawers. Now he knows where everything goes, and I know where to find what I need.
If you don’t have a lot of tools, one like this will work just as well. I like things with drawers as opposed to a toolbox. Things get lost way to easily in a toolbox.
As with anything, store likes with likes. All screwdrivers live together, sandpaper and sanders live together, paint and paint supplies live together.
And, label, label, label. Purge while you are at it. You get the picture.
And remember, tools are funny things. We often times purchase them for a specific project, use them once, and never use them again. However, we think to ourselves or tell our spouse, I don’t want to let this go because it was expensive” and/or “we might use it again.” I am speaking from personal experience. Right now I am thinking about a biscuit maker/joiner thingy we needed for something.
There’s a new song out called “Let It Go“