One of the most helpful items to have in a home is a tool chest with all of the necessary equipment. From simple items that practically everyone knows how to use to those that require a bit more knowledge, it is wise to have a wide range of tools in order to be ready for any situation. In order to make the most of your handy tool chest, it should be well organized so that you can find what you need with great ease. Here are a few helpful hints for organizing a tool chest.
MAKE A LIST
Before you begin to organize your toolbox, it is best to make a list of what you have, and what you are missing. Broken, old, and duplicate tools can be discarded or given away and items that are missing should be purchased. All tool chests should have the following: hammer, wrench, pliers, large and small Philips and flathead screwdrivers, cordless drill, level, utility knife, tape measure, flashlight, and safety glasses.
ORGANIZE YOUR TOOLS
If you happen to have a lot of tools, make sure your tool chest is big enough to accommodate them. Tools that you use more often should be placed at the top of the box as should tools that are extremely useful. The tools should be divided by tool type and purpose, with each type going in a designated section.
PROTECT YOUR TOOLS
In addition to keeping your tool chest neat and organized, you want to be able to keep your tools in the best condition. In order to do this you should place a piece of cardboard at the bottom of the chest so as to prevent dirt and water from damaging your tools. Similarly, you don’t want to harm your tools by placing objects that are simply too big for your chest, or any tool chest for that matter. Whatever cannot fit inside should be stored elsewhere. It is best for that tool as well as the safety of your tool chest’s contents.
The key to having a useful and organized toolbox is keeping everything simple and monitored. This means not keeping useless things and taking excellent care of the items you do decide to store in your tool chest. This way you will have what you need when you need it, and will be able to access it seamlessly.