1 Tip To Keeping Tools Organized

by projectbuddy

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My posts have been scarce lately. Mostly this has been due to being sick and too medicated to do much with power tools. Although I had tried to make some progress before taking any medicine, having to take out and rework my goofs just didn’t make it worth the effort.

So now that I am feeling almost back to normal, I am making more progress on sealing off the doorway that had been cut into the living room wall many years ago and turning what had been a small hallway back into a closet, only this time a linen closet.

Tools. There are just tools everywhere! I know that I’m overextending myself when I can’t find the tool I need. Once there was a place for everything, and everything was returned to its place after use. Those days are just a faint memory now. I’m joking, but only a little!

I’ve thought about making a post along the lines of “10 Tips To Keeping Tools Organized.” That is a really attention-grabbing title, but truthfully I wouldn’t know where to begin. I think to be totally honest, I would only be able to write “1 Tip To Keep Tools Organized.”

“1 Tip To Keep Tools Organized”…”After you put them where you want them, don’t use them!”

Maybe it’s just the nature of working on an old house. You never really know everything that you’re going to need until you get into the project, and nothing is ever quite as simple or quite as neatly organized as the “how to” books show.

There had been a time when I tried to group tools into categories and store them in separate tool boxes. I tried “Regular Household Tools” and “Specialty Tools.” That didn’t work. I tried grouping by categories, like in a hardware store with “Painting Tools” and “Electrical Tools” and “Plumbing Tools.” That didn’t work.

Tools just seem to get dropped into a pile. So then I had two piles: “Tools” and “Everything Else.” The strange thing is, tool piles seem to multiply, even without a trip to the hardware store. There are now multiple piles that are just “Tools” and somewhere in all of that are a very few piles for “Everything Else.”

I’m sure that there is some type of organization to these piles, but I just haven’t found it yet. They may be subconsciously organized into “Tools I’m Using Right Now” and “Tools I Used Last Week” and “Tools I Used Last Month.” This is my best guess.

But tool piles seem to have a mind of their own, and if I let on that I think I’ve found their pattern, then they will simply change their plans and reorganize themselves. If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I know I put it right there, and it’s not there now,” then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

All of this simply goes to prove my original premise: there is only one reliable tip that I can offer to keeping tools organized. “After you put them where you want them, don’t use them!”

This photograph was taken December 2013, but honestly could have been taken just about any day of any of the past 6 years and 8 months!