Everyone has their own organizational quirks. This makes storing tools an open-ended prospect, which depends on how you like things arranged. However, there are general guidelines that can help you develop your personal tool chest or rolling cabinet, so that it’s catered to your taste. First, we recommend laying out all of your tools and then organizing them into similar groups, depending on their function, size, and/or importance. From there, you can decide where each group should go. Below, we’ve outlined some popular approaches for storing tools, ranging from simple to complex.
Buy a Toolbox!
This might seem obvious, but not everyone understands how important a toolbox can be for your workflow. Toolboxes range in all shapes and sizes, and if you don’t need that many compartments, you can start with a tool bag. Choose a toolbox that is light enough to carry around with all of your tools inside. It should also have a handle that doesn’t hurt to grip for long periods of time. Arrange your tools in order of importance, with the most essential ones on top, so that they’re easily accessible. For those that only use their tools in rare emergencies, you can make due with almost any storage solution, including plastic drawers and storage containers.
Save the Scraps
It’s wise to keep leftover parts and small tools, but try to be selective. Keep a special bin for scraps, get rid of any junk that you don’t need, and organize whatever is left. At first, you’ll probably only need one junk bin, but as your collection grows, you may want to add more bins for electronics, metal scraps, wood, and other materials. Even so, you’ll still want to set aside time every year or so for “spring cleaning”, and go through the bins again to throw out anything unnecessary.
Buy a Pegboard and Component Drawers
Unlike a toolbox, pegboards allow you to create a stationary work area, where all of your critical tools are within reach. If you have enough space in your garage or shed, a pegboard is an excellent hub for woodworking, DIY electronics, and general repairs. For those working with dozens of small parts, we also recommend investing in a set of component drawers. With an array of tiny compartments, you can organize all of your microscopic electronics, nuts, bolts, and fuses.
Make a Spool Holder
Lastly, we want to save aspiring craftsmen and engineers some agony when working with wires. If you’re using a variety of spools on a project, it’s easy for them to get tangled up in a giant mess. To solve this problem, you can slide the spools onto a wooden or steel rod, and then secure the ends with wood scraps so that the spools can’t come off. Now, you’ll have a row of different wires that you can quickly measure and cut.