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Why Do You Need A Tool Storage System – How To Use It Properly

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“Proper storage is about creating a home for something so that minimal effort is required to find it and put it away.”
Geralin Thomas, Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets

Can you find the tools you need right away? Can you place it in its proper place after using? Well, if you are not yet familiar with the great art of storing your things, then you are in for a very nice treat. You do not need to hire a designer or consult with professionals as you can sort, standardize, and store your tools with just reading this article. I, for one, have already given up the life of cluttered tools and you should too. Are you up to the challenge? Yes? Great! If you are up to the challenge, then you will surely feel accomplished after cleaning up and constructing a new storage system. This is great for people like us, who really love to use tools for different construction purposes. As using it is fun, you will learn that maintaining it could be fun too.

What Will You Need?

Before reading the list of needed materials, here is one tip that can help you to get into the task: Remember that storing things and maintaining them as they are is an art that you should master. Be proud of what you will accomplish. These materials will transform the way you store your tools for the better.

  • Storage Cabinet or Storage Area (Preferably with size proportional with the number of tools you have; you can also use your current place for storage.)
  • Spare wood
  • Hammer
  • Nails (preferably small and large nails)
  • Labels
  • Small Boxes
  • Hooks
  • Perforated Hardboards
  • Industrial Glue
  • Paint

The listed materials are the basics of the basics and can help construct a better storage system that you can use for your tools. But, you can feel free to add other materials that are easily available for you. Just make sure that it will still stick to the basic principle of storage – orderliness. You can also use recycled or reused materials; it is killing two birds with one stone... right?

The next section will be tackling on “How to make a good storage system” and “How to make it work for a long time”. After making the storage cabinet, you will see the importance of maintaining it – this two is basically the meaning of a good storage system.

The HOWs In Making A Good Storage System

Step 1

Clean up the cabinet or space that you will use (remove all tools and materials too, if there are any). You can also paint to help it last a long time as it would avoid easy scratches made from edges of tools. It is better to use lighter colors so that you can get the tools easily and avoid adding additional lighting system. If your cabinet is made up of wood, you can use light shades of varnishes for additional protection.

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Step 2

Your tools and materials will definitely increase and decrease as time goes by. I found it hard to add and remove nails after needing it and then – not needing it. Setting up a Perforated Hardboard will help you organize things depending on where and when you need to put the hooks or nails on. It is best to attach it using an industrial glue to make it sturdier and to avoid bulkiness in any part.

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Step 3

Next, make a divider using your spare woods. It is not good to place different tools in the same place as you can be confused or you might forget that it was there in the first place (as it may be covered up). Hammer the spare woods using your nails and make sure that there are no rough edges that are exposed. The measurement will depend on the need of space for the tools you will be placed on, so a little estimation will be needed from you. You can do it!

Step 4

Line up your collected boxes by their sizes. Place small boxes on middle areas and sides and then you can place large ones on the bottom. It is where you would put very small items (nails, hooks, hinges, screws, etc.). It is better than a tool box as you can access it fairly faster when you need it. Make it so, that the sizes would be differing in each box. This would increase the efficiency of your storage system as a whole!

Step 5

Now, it is time to standardize and sort your tools to the storage cabinet/area. Start by visualizing how you would like it to look like – based on what you have. Start to combine like-materials and like-tools. Place the tools you always used on an easily-accessed and easily-reachable area. Next, add the hooks and nails on the Perforated Hardboard so that you can hang tools already. Make sure that it is not too crowded on one place and too spacious on one. It is better to see the overall storage to have equally spaced contents. You can easily remove hooks if you placed it in the wrong area – this is the advantage of getting that Perforated Hardboard!

Step 6

Add labels. The last time I had forgotten to label something; I had to find a tool for more than a minute. Label all tools and materials, even those that you are already familiar with. It will not always be you who will access the tool storage, so it would be best to just label them all so that there would not be any confusion.

There would be no needed shouting like “It’s on the left!” All you need to do is say in what are it is and the label systems would do its own magic. It can also help you in being familiar with how each tool and materials are called. In making the labels, make sure that it is printed so that there would be no mistakes while reading it as personal writing tend to be subjective.

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The HOWs In Maintaining Your Storage System (Some Pro Tips For You!)

Step 1

Remember! Whenever you are returning your tools, do not forget to clean them before returning them to their proper place. Even if you are in a hurry, it is not proper to store them while they are dirty or greasy as it can affect the storage area and other nearby tools. Cleanliness of the storage is a constant process and you can avoid weekly cleanups if you would maintain it just as you are using the tools.

Step 2

Does it bother you when you have no nails left and you need to hammer something? Well, it can definitely happen to us if we do not check our things. Regularly check out materials that are constantly dwindling (nails, hooks, screws, hinges) and buy them just before they go out of numbers. You can have an inventory list pasted near the storage cabinet/area to easily be updated if something needs to be bought.

Step 3

Arrange the things you are getting and returning from smallest to largest. It can be of help, especially if you are sizing up the tools that you would need to get. You will often find yourself staring at your storage cabinet before deciding on the tools – it would be easier to choose if it is standardized from smallest to largest. It can also help in making your storage visually appealing.

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Step 4

Keep a toolbox on-the-go. Your storage area will be where you would store your tools (whenever you are not using them) and your toolbox will be the means of storage on your working site (it will also help you carry the tools on the way to the working area). It will be where you will place the tools that you would be using.

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So, Are You Satisfied?

Did you find these steps and methods helpful? If you do, I hope that you would continue to follow it. You can also add your own touches to the steps wherever you find it necessary – as every process can be owned.

It was a pleasure relaying these easy and doable methods to you, especially if you really crave an order in your storage system. I hope that you would treat this as a constant step in maintaining your tools and materials. You may find it a bit challenging at first, but it would eventually become a habit. And making useful habits is one of the most important things that you should be doing – in every aspect of your life.

Feel free to comment your insights and other suggestions to improve this article. If you like it, help others by sharing this article and spreading it to those who need it! Thank you, reader!




  • September 28, 2017
  • DIY