How to Organize Your Toolbox for Maximum Efficiency
Toolbox, also called a workbox or a tool chest, is a useful for keeping tools organized and safe. The tools inside the toolbox vary depending on the owner’s skills. It is also a convenient and practical box to carry around with you for trade, do-it-yourself or other hobby jobs. Toolboxes are popularly available in metal or in plastic. Metal toolbox is heavier compared to the plastic one, while a fully loaded plastic tool chest weight may equal to that of an empty steel box. Metal is stronger and sturdier compared to the plastic box but it may rust in the long run. If you have problems organizing your tools and you don’t know how to efficiently use your toolbox, this article will guide you how to maximize the space inside the toolbox.
Step 1 - Make an Inventory
Gather all your tools and make a list of it. Classify the tools according to need and not needed. For the “not need” category, group those that are broken or damaged, duplicate, and unused. Keep only the tools that you really need and get rid of those that you do not either by selling it online or by donating it. Simplifying your tool inventory list will make it convenient to organize.
Toolbox must contain a hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers both large and small, cordless drill, level, tape measure, utility knife, safety glasses, and a flashlight.
Step 2 - Organize the Tools
If you have a large collection of tools and upon classifying it there’s still many left, choose a larger toolbox. Large toolbox contains smaller boxes inside wherein you can store the smaller tools. Always place the tools that you frequently use on top. Organize the tools inside the toolbox according to type, function and size. For ease of pulling out, place the useful ones on top. There are also compartments for smaller tools.
Step 3 - Maintain Good Condition of Tools
It is important that you keep the tools clean and dry. Place a piece of cardboard on the base of the toolbox to seep the oil and moisture of the tools. Do not allow dirt and water to shorten the life of your tolls. Apply oil on rusty metal tools and polish it with wool and clean cloth. This will prevent the tools from rusting and further damage.
Step 4 - Opt for Other Storage Areas
Admit it that there are still tools that cannot fit the toolbox. To help you with this dilemma, choose another storage area such as pegboard. Pegboard allows you to hang additional tools conveniently. You can keep the tools that are useful inside a toolbox while you can hang the remaining tools on the pegboard. Plastic storage cabinet can also be a good alternative to keep your tools.
Organizing the toolbox is simple once you have set your mind to stick with basic and necessary tools.