Organizing Your Tools

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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November 17, 2010 Flag
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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 Flag

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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February 5, 20100 found this helpful

That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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July 18, 2011 Flag
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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!

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October 13, 2010 Flag
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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.

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October 17, 2013 Flag
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To keep tools that are needed in different locations at our home, I made different color codes for each area.

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April 29, 2005 Flag
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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, 2005 Flag
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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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