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Have you ever spent hours looking for a tool? Organizing your tools can make home improvement projects quicker and save you money by avoiding buying duplicate tools. This is a guide about ways to organize your tools so they are easy to find when you need them.
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By 6 found this helpful
November 17, 2010

If you'll cut the worn fingers off an old work glove and then add two slots to the back of what's left, you'll have a quick, recycled tool holster that you can slip right onto your belt and put into immediate use.

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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November 22, 20100 found this helpful

Good tip! Work gloves are usually much sturdier than manufactured tool-holders. And recycling/repurposing means one (or two) fewer items in the landfill.

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February 3, 2010

Short on space does not present a tool/junk drawer type organizing fiasco. Buy a shoe organizer (fabric made with pockets) and affix to the wall of your laundry room/ mud room. There are so many pockets that organizes your tools, tapes, brushes, nails, twines, wires, extra screws and hardware. With the netted type, it shows you everything at a glance! My husband now thinks I am a genius!

By Trisha from Ventura, CA

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February 5, 20100 found this helpful

If you sew, make your own with clear vinyl fabric, so you have whatever sizes and total "see-through" options. I have two, but need to make more. I also use a large heavy plastic bucket for rope, twine, chain, wire.

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By 4 found this helpful
July 18, 2011

I placed all my tools on the pegboard just the way I wanted them. Then I took a magic marker and outlined each tool. No more guessing!

For the kitchen, I have a hanging grid that I store a lot of my kitchen utensils. I couldn't actually outline each one but I did take a picture of them. I framed the picture and found a spot on the grid to hang it.

No more "duh, where does this go?" It has been turned out to be a eye catcher for when we have company. Everyone gets a chuckle out of it.

By Karen from Charleston, SC

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By 4 found this helpful
October 13, 2010

Mark your iron tools for easy identification by covering a spot on each one with beeswax or hard tallow. Then scratch your name or initials through the coating with a nail or ice pick, pour nitric acid into the groove and let it stand for a short time. When the acid and wax are removed, the "brand" should be quite visible.

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By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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By 0 found this helpful
October 17, 2013

To keep tools that are needed in different locations at our home, I made different color codes for each area. I think of the different tools that will be needed in each areas and they are the only ones I place there. Others are added as needed. By color coding the tools and their assigned areas, we can quickly see if they are in the wrong place. The tools can be marked with tape but I prefer paint because it doesn't get sticky. The drawers can also be painted if you don't want to use paper.

For the shop, I used the color yellow as our shop is yellow. I turned two drawers in our shop into tool drawers. I used different containers to keep the tools separated. Large yellow signs are on each drawer with tools written on it. If we need someone to get a tool, they will know which drawer they are in. The drawer that holds the miscellaneous items is marked with a large yellow sign also.

In the garage, we use the color red because our large tool box is red. Two of the drawers next to the tool box hold the miscellaneous items that we don't want in our tool box. Large red paper signs were placed on the drawers marked "Misc."

For the inside of the house, we use strong cloth bags like they sell at hardware stores. A large cord is tied to the bags to make sure they are in the right area.

A drawer in each of the areas hold paper, note pads, markers, pens, pencils, paper clips, paper clamps, straight pins, safety pins, stapler, staples, nails, tie wraps, flashlight, tape, a 12 inch ruler, string and any other items we think we may need in that work area.

I would be working in an area and need a tool that was in a different place. This is what lead me to come up with this system. With a lot of the same type tools this was easy to do. Just how many of the same tool do you need in one place? Another thing that has been a great help is buying tools that can be used for more than one purpose.

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April 29, 20051 found this helpful

Fishing tackle boxes work great for keeping small power tools and their accessories and bits organized. Whenever I see fishing tackle box at a garage sale or rummage sale I grab it. You can uses stencils and spray paint to label the outside of the box.

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April 29, 20051 found this helpful

If you enough wall space, hang shovels and other garden tools upside down on your walls. For smaller tools you can get a peg board that you can mount on your wall and fit with a variety of pegs and hooks and store tools that you need to have handy.

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