Tidying up Hardware Tools and Supplies

Most of us have a toolbox with the basic hardware tools for fixing household repairs. Toolboxes are ideal for storing the essential hardware items and can easily be carried around the house. Those who enjoy DIY projects such as woodwork probably have a proper workspace in the garage or basement. If you are still dreaming about, now is the time to put that dream into action. It doesn’t cost much and is fairly easy to create.

Essential Hardware Items

  • set of screw drivers and pliers in different sizes
  • set of nails and screws
  • claw hammer for removing nails
  • adjustable crescent wrench to tighten a nut or bolt
  • utility knife and blades
  • tape measure
  • level
  • saw to cut through wood or metal
  • electrical and duct tape
  • silicone sealant
  • wood adhesive
  • electric drill and drill bits

Organising your Toolbox

  • Take out all the things and sort them into groups, e.g. nails, screwdrivers and wrenches. 
  • Determine the need for each item and discard all broken and unwanted pieces, e.g. old keys that don’t fit in any door locks.
  • Only keep items which belong in the toolbox and return other items to their proper place, e.g. travel locks should be kept with travelling items.
  • Clean the toolbox before placing everything back in categories.
  • Keep smaller items in the top compartment tray.
  • Place bigger hardware tools at the bottom of the box.
  • Store the toolbox in the garage or the utility cupboard in your house.
Available at Amazon

Creating a Workspace

  • Invest in a tall workbench or countertop for DIY projects. 
  • A large pegboard is ideal for hanging big hand tools. 
  • Use a drawer storage system for smaller tools to protect them from dust.
  • Go through all your items and discard all broken and unwanted pieces. 
  • Arrange items neatly in categories and store them in transparent boxes or glass jars.
  • Good lighting is very important for your workspace.
Available at Ikea

Storing Household Maintenance Items

Includes paint supplies, ropes, bulbs, cables, batteries and felt pads for furniture.

  • Store each group in a clear plastic box with a lid.
  • If you can fit 2 groups in one box, use a cardboard to separate them.
  • Roll up electrical cords neatly and store together with plugs.
  • Stack paint jars on top of each other and store all paint-related items like brushes and paint cleaner together in a box.
    • Paint will separate or gel over time. Extreme temperatures can also spoil paint, even unopened cans.
  • Use a utility storage unit in the garage to store items vertically on shelves. Check out my blog post on decluttering your garage.
Available at Ikea

” Good order is the foundation of all things. – Edmund Burke”

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