Becoming a homeowner means you wear many hats. Once the search for properties for sale is over, and you are finally settled in your new home, the new responsibilities start. You will become a painter, a plumber, a gardener, and a carpenter.
Doing DIY projects is fun, and if you find it becomes your passion, your garage will soon be filled with tools. Before it gets out of hand, here are some ways you can organize your DIY tool arsenal.
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Of course, number one on the list is the classic tools box. It’s the most basic. In fact, when you buy your set of tools, sometimes they come with their own toolbox. You can always get larger ones when you have too many tools to fit in one.
Some toolboxes have cool features now, like multiple levels and mini-drawers. You can group your tools and store them according to category. Then, use the mini drawers to keep screws, nails, bolts, and nuts.
You can also use toolbox liners to keep your tools from mixing. No matter how many times you arrange the content of your toolbox, once you pick it up, the things inside will just keep sliding around. To prevent this, take some non-slip rubber mats from the kitchen. Line the bottom of your toolbox with it. Then, put a divider. It can be a metal sheet or a strip of wood.
Magnetic Tool Organizer
Do you keep losing your tools or have no idea where on the floor you put them? This magnetic tool organizer will keep you from losing your tools all the time.
Most of your tools are made of steel anyway, so why not invest in a magnetic tool organizer so getting and returning tools will be much easier? This one is basically just a strip of magnet you mount on the wall. Get as many as you need to fit all your hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, and even some nails.
It’s the same magnetic strip used in kitchens for organizing knives, ladles, and other metal tools.
If you want a wall-mounted organizer that can keep even your non-metal tools, purchase some pegboards from the nearest hardware. This material is very versatile. Not only can you use this for organizing your tools, but you can also do other projects with it.
Mount as many pegboards as you need on the wall. Use hooks and screws to create little shelves for your small tools. Then use small corks for hanging bigger ones. You can buy an entire pegboard organizing kit. It has all that you need including clips, hooks, and washers.
If you own a lot of screwdrivers, this one will help you keep them in one place. All you need is some wood planks and a drill for this organizing hack. Install shelves like you normally would. But before that, drill holes on the wood. These holes are where your screwdrivers are going to be kept.
You can install the shelves inside a cabinet door if there is space or on the wall right next to your other organizing boards. Unlike keeping your screwdrivers in one box or bag, seeing them lined up on the wall will save you time from fumbling for the right kind and size.
Sliding Overhead Bins
If you don’t have much floor space to keep huge bins, you can always use the ceiling. With wood, you can create a sliding roller, pretty much like how drawers work. But this time, you will use large plastic bins to keep your tools and other items.
Using planks of wood, some screws, and wood glue, you can do this project. The key is to ensure proper spacing between the wood rollers so that the bins won’t fall out.
PVC Pipe Organizers
Since you are a DIY master, why not make some organizers out of PVC pipes? They are cheap and easy to make. There are so many types of organizers you can make just using PVC pipes.
One is tool holders. Cut up equal sizes of PVC pipe. Screw them to the wall or the inside of a cabinet door. Each PVC slot can hold one tool. You can use different sizes of PVC tubes for different sizes of tools.
Using the same cut-up pipes, you can store nails and screws. Just close the other end of the pipe, and they instantly become pockets for keeping your small hardware.
Cut a 5″ PVC pipe in the middle, and you will be left with two boat-like pieces. Screw them to a wall, and you instantly have shelves.
Organizing your tools is key to stress-free and enjoyable DIY projects. Make sure you never have to deal with missing drill bits or extension chords again.