I've had a lot of tools: hand tools, power tools, bench tools. But I don't build stuff; I fix, I install, and I assemble, but I don't build.
The problem is that I fix in the bathroom, I install in the kitchen, I assemble on the living room floor but all of my tools are in the garage. If I worked on cars tools in the garage would be fine, but the closest I come to that is pumping my gas. All of the tools in the garage and all of the projects in the house makes for a lot of walking and not a lot of working.
I needed to pare down my collection and find a better way to organize my tools. Here are some things I did.
Here's what I started with:
- 2 Craftsman rolling tool chest in the garage
- 8 various tool boxes, a few metal and some plastic ones
- 1 "electrician's" style tool bag
- Several pouches, tool belts, etc.
- An entire 6 ft. tall shelf containing various power tools
First I found new homes for some of the bench tools by contacting the shop teacher at a local high school. He was elated to have some nice quality tools donated to the wood shop and he even came by and picked them up.
I quickly prepared some additional tools for an upcoming garage sale - a few big money makers and a few I knew for sure I didn't want to keep.
Then I picked up a set of Husky tool bags.
|Husky 10" All Purpose Tote|
|Husky 17" Open Tool Bag|
|Husky 12" Tool Bag|
I'm pretty pleased with all three of these products, they seem sturdy & durable and are well configured with pockets. I figured if I can't fit all of my hand tools in these three bags, then I have too many. Turns out, I do have too many. I've loaded up these bags as follows...
12" Tool Bag: regular everyday type tools - pliers, screwdrivers, measuring tape, adjustable wrench, hammer, flashlight, etc.
10" All Purpose Tote: advanced tools that I may actually use - drill, stud-finder, wire stripper, hack saw, Torx & hex wrenches, Channel-lock pliers, putty knife, etc.
17" Open Tool Bag: the leftovers - full set of Craftsman sockets, pipe wrench, chalk line, ohmmeter, etc.
You get the idea. Once I finished, I noticed that most of the stuff that still wasn't in a bag was the el cheapo brand junk that I really didn't like to use anyway. That's the stuff to toss out.