Organizing Your Tools

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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 page about ways to organize your tools so they are easy to find when you need them.
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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 Ron from Cortez, CO

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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!

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By Tahloolabelle from Ventura, CA

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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!

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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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.

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We have a room that my boyfriend stores all his tools in. It is always a mess and you can't find anything when you need it. The screwdrivers are mixed in with the other hand tools and the woodworking tools are mixed in with the other tools.

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If you need any tools for the garden, they are mixed in with the power tools and you can't find what you need. You end up spending hours moving tools around to find the one you need.

Tools organized on a shelf with recycled cans.

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I wanted to help organize some loose tools, that were all mixed together, in an old bucket. I had seen my husband looking everywhere for the right tool. I decided to use an organizer, that I had previously stored colored rubber bands in. I put the various sizes together so they would be easier to identify.

A plastic organizer with sockets stored inside.

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April 29, 2005

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.

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You can uses stencils and spray paint to label the outside of the box.

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April 29, 2005

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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Using a shower hook that closes, hang any tools with holes on them on the shower hook. Then hang them in the garage or wherever you keep your tools.

Tools hanging on a shower hook.

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This is a great way to use those CD and DVD racks or other racks that can be picked up at garage sales or thrift stores for cheap. Use them for organizing your loose tools that are laying around the garage or basement.

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They can hold several tools and maybe you can just mount it to the wall as a space saver.

CD/DVD Rack Tool Organizer

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October 17, 2013

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

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