HOW TO STORE TOOLS IN YOUR WORKSHOP?  

SEPTEMBER 06,2021

👋 If you’re like most people, you probably have a wide variety of tools stored in various places around the house. Maybe you have random screwdrivers and hammers stored in the basement, garden tools like rakes and hoes in the garage, and power tools stuffed in the tops of closets. 


If you aren’t storing these tools properly, it’s possible they could get damaged and break or even just simply lost!


What’s worse than not being able to find a screwdriver when you need one?

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  • "By taking proper care of your tools, you’ll ensure that they’ll remain in good working order and will be ready for use when you need them."



"By taking proper care of your tools, you’ll ensure that they’ll remain in good working order and will be ready for use when you need them."


Why is Tool Organization Important? 


Tool organization can be extremely beneficial to any kind of facility. It may seem complicated, but it will help your workshop runs more smoothly. The following are just top three reasons to keep and organized your workshop!

SAVE YOU TIME


When your tools are disorganized you eventually waste plenty of time. You unintentionally wander around your workplace trying to find the right tool to use. By tidying your work space and making it well organized you save time since you can easily find the right tool to use for a specific task or job. At the same time, you can easily put it back to where it needs to be placed for future use. By doing this you are saving tons of minutes per day.

SAVE YOU MONEY


If you have a disorderly workplace it is easy to lose and misplace your tools and equipment especially if they are small. By losing tools, you actually have to buy new ones which will cost you additional and unnecessary expenses which should have not been there if your tools were organized in the first place. Purchasing replacement tools and equipment can get costly especially if you lose them oftenly.

TAKE AWAY STRESS


It may seem like a lot of work for some, but having a nice and well organized workspace is one of the most efficient ways to save time, money, and any unnecessary stress. Sometimes it could get frustrating trying to look for that specific tool. It gets irritating when you lose that screwdriver or wrench. Especially if you are in a hurry. By having a tidy workspace you can negate that additional stress and easily pick out the tool needed for that task, and quickly put it back as you prepare for the next job.

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Things To Do Before You Store Them Away 


Regardless of where you choose to store your tools, there are a few basic tool storage ideas and tips to keep in mind before you put them away.

TAKE INVENTORY, DISCARD AND DONATE 


The first thing you need to do is take inventory of all the tools you have. Open every drawer, check every cabinet and find a place where you can lay everything out in front of you. Once you know exactly what you're dealing with, organizing it will be easy. It's not a bad idea to begin by sorting everything into a few different categories. Put all the hand tools in one spot, all the power tools in another and anything you consider a seasonal tool in its own pile. Once you've done this, you'll be off to a great start. 


Of course, during the sorting process, you'll probably find that your tools have a lot of accessories. Your drill, for example, probably has several drill bits, and if you have a socket wrench, you've most likely got at least a handful of sockets to go with it as well. You'll need to decide how you want to organize these. It doesn't really matter how you do it -- your system just needs to make sense to you. 


Now that you've got everything separated, let's start! Keep reading to find out how you can organize them efficiently and aesthetically.

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS


Some manufacturers will have specific instructions for how to store tools, so consult your manual first and foremost. It’s important to follow these instructions, especially for larger power tools like saws or drills, so they remain in good working condition.

CLEAN THEM OFF


Make it a habit to clean tools after each use before you return them to storage. Wipe them down with a rag or old towel and be sure they are free of dust, grease and debris before you put them into their proper places. Check your tools' handles for splinters, breaks and cracks. Also, make sure that metal parts show no signs of corrosion or rust.


REMOVE ANY DAMAGED TOOLS


When wiping down each tool, keep an eye out for any broken, damaged or rusty tools. The broken or damaged tools should be disposed of, and the rusty tools should be set to the side. Removing any broken or damaged tools from your collection will not only make it easier to find the tool you want; it will also improve the overall health of your tools.

 

TREAT THE RUSTY TOOLS


Treat the rusty tools in your collection. Even if a tool only has a small amount of rust on it, it is still important that it is treated for rust. The sooner you’re able to treat the tool to prevent the rust from spreading, the better.


USE ORIGINAL CASES


Power tools usually come in hard, plastic cases, and it’s recommended to keep these cases for storage whenever possible. These cases will keep your power tools in storage safe from extreme conditions, plus all the parts can be stored right alongside them in the case. No more lost power cords or chargers!


CONSIDER TEMPERATURE


While the basement and garage are common locations for storing tools, they are also prone to dangerous fluctuations in temperature. If you are unable to store your tools inside of your home, consider a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will help to best protect your tools from temperature fluctuations.

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Where To Store Your Tool?


Tools should never be stored on the ground. Depending on the layout of your storage space and the tools you are looking to store, choose the best storage solution for you. Here are a few tips!

STORE THEM IN A TOOLBOX


Toolboxes are also a great way to store your tools. They have the great advantage of portability. While some people do use toolboxes to store all their tools, they can also be a convenient way to transport your most commonly used tools while leaving the bulky tools stored at home.

USE PEGBOARDS


A pegboard is one of the simplest ways to change your workshop from a pile of tools into a clean and organized place for work. There are many different accessories and hooks you can buy for the board, but you should keep in mind that more accessories do not necessarily equal more organization. Making your pegboard more organized begins with creating a plan and using available resources to get your tools in good shape. 


Before placing tools on your pegboard, you need to separate your tools into two piles. Place all the tools you have used in the last year in one pile and tools you have not used in the other pile. Place all of the tools you haven't used into storage in toolboxes or drawers. By organizing your tools in this way, you can ensure that your pegboard use is efficient. Do this activity at least once a year to ensure you don't have any wasted space on your board.

CUSTOMIZE A WALL PANEL WITH CONTAINERS


Many people prefer open-concept storage in their workshops. Instead of storing tools and essentials inside cabinets, homeowners are opting to keep these items out in the open. If you have a blank wall, install a large slat wall system similar to what you might see in a retail store. You can use hooks to hang tools. Also, consider storing like items inside bins and transparent plastic containers. You'll be able to pack more items into each square foot that way.

STORE THEM INSIDE A CABINET


Tool cabinets are excellent options for serious DIY’ers who have a lot of equipment that needs to be sorted by type and application. The number of drawers varies, and many versions include caster wheels to easily roll the cabinet around the shop. They offer a sleek design and nice amenities like ball-bearing drawer slides and locking doors.

STORE AWKWARDLY SIZED TOOLS IN TOTES WITH LABELS


Some tools don't make sense on a pegboard wall, or maybe they just won't fit in the space. Organize awkwardly sized items, such as paint rollers and tubes of chalk, inside clear plastic totes. And store the totes on an open shelving unit. Create tactual labels in individual containers by gluing one of each item to the outside of the container or attaching the item to the container with a rubber band. 

ORGANIZE NAILS, SCREWS, NUTS, AND BOLTS


Use multi-drawer storage containers (color-coded if you have low vision), coffee cans, baby food jars, and plastic tubs to separate different-sized nails, screws, nuts, bolts, and other small items. 

USE MAGNETS ON STEEL SHEET METAL


Another one of my tool storage ideas is to use magnets to hang things on the wall. Installing steel sheet metal on a wall or side of a shelf gives you lots of area to stick up drill and screwdriver bits with magnets.

SELF STORAGE UNIT


If you’re running out of room in your home’s storage spaces, consider renting a self storage unit from Self Storage Specialists. Putting tools, especially larger tools like power saws, in self storage will keep them safe and away from children. Self storage is commonly used by contractors, too, because it allows them a place to store their equipment while keeping overhead costs low.

Keep these tool storage ideas and tips in mind, and your tool collection will be organized and accessible for that next home project, whether it’s something big like putting an addition on your home or simply just finally fixing that leaky faucet! No matter what kind of tools currently in your possession, it’s important to take some time organizing your collection so you’re protecting your investment. You’ll want them in good condition when it’s time to start that next DIY project!


Josh J. Gur - CEO

CEO of Sanrico

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