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I keep the following in the apron: Measuring tape, notepad and pen, marker, screwdriver, scissors and a little box of tacks and push pins. This keeps everything I might need with me and I save a lot of steps!
Source: Trying to work smarter not harder!
By Sandi from Salem, OR
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By MB in WY
I am always looking for items to be used in a different way. I absolutely love wooden boxes. If I can find them at an affordable price, to my house they go! I purchased this box for less than $2.00 at a thrift store. It's first life, I am assuming, was to house a bottle of Wild Turkey liquor and a couple of glasses. The slide-in plexiglass cover has the turkey logo on it still and the back has some advertising on it as well. With it having three different compartments and handle, I figured I could transform it to something useful.
I decided to make my own personal tool box out of it. I did not remove any of the logo but did purchase some tiny plastic containers with lids. There were 10 in a package from the Dollar Tree for $1.00. These now hold my various tacks, nails, picture hangers, etc. I also have my tape measure, numerous screwdrivers of various sizes, a case with metric screwdrivers, and needle nose pliers, and utility scissors. The only thing it will not hold is my hammer, but I put it right on top of my toolbox so I know where it is.
All I did to the box was dust it and use a little scratch cover and, voila, my own Nifty Thrifty Toolbox was born. Granted, my tools may not be the most expensive, but at least I know where they are and they serve my purposes. Funny thing is that my toolbox is inside the house and my husband's tools are in his toolhouse. Guess whose tools he grabs a lot of the time? You guessed it, MINE!
By Southeastgeorgiapeach from Jesup, GA
Over the years, the house tools disappeared. Even some that were my deceased Dad's tools - gone. So I said, "No more!" For the next several weekends my teenage son accompanied "Mom" to the swap meet and shared his knowledge of good tools, worn tools, useful vs useless tools and fortunately, inexpensive used tools vs new.
As I accumulated items, I cleaned and left my small mark of lavender acrylic paint somewhere (usually at joints to "last") on each tool. My family laughed. The next Christmas, my son gifted me a brand new double layer, metal (not too expensive) tool box. I poured red acrylic paint into a paper plate and we each placed our hands in it and then on top of the box; signed, dated, and acrylic sealed it. No more lost tools and they are great gifts.
I treasure my tool box and the sharing with my sons and their Dad. It's over 20 years later and family has moved on. I have terrific memories of the sharing. And nobody better put "anything" on top of it to scratch those marks. I can't imagine an independent person not having one. Nor can my sons.
By Harriet from Tucson, AZ
I put together my own little repair and tool box so that when I need to fix something quickly, I don't need to go to the shed and search for the tool I need.
I put in a couple of screwdrivers, both regular and Phillips, a small hammer, a few nails and screws, a roll of mashing tape, duct tape, a pair of pliers, a wire cutter type pliers, some heavy duty glue, a box cutter, etc.
Put these things in a little wooden work box and store it under your bed. Then when you need it, you know where it is. This has saved me many hours of aggravation when something needs fixing. It helps to have the smaller tools you need, all organized in one spot.
By Eveh from Gulf Coast