How to Organize a Tool Chest

If you are someone who does is involved in the working craft, or if you’re just someone who likes to fix things and assemble things on your own, you most definitely will have a tool chest you’re proud of. It’s extremely important to keep your tool chest clean and organized.

It’s not an easy job. Over the course of your work, you’ll end up pulling out and tossing aside many of the tools you have in your chest. However, if you have a well-organized tool kit, you’ll find that your efficiency while working with the tools is definitely going to go up.


What Steps Do You Have to Follow to Organize Your Tool Chest?

1.    Figure Out How to Sort Your Tools

The first thing you have to do is to begin sorting your tools out. You can use any system you want. It could be based on size; it could be based on how often you use them or just putting them into sets of each other.

Sorting by size isn’t the best option, as it could compromise the capacity of your toolbox. If you just stack all the tools one by one based on their size, you’ll see that you’re running out of space very soon. Find more innovative and efficient ways to sort your tools.

2.    Remove Everything From the Box

The best way to start organizing your tool chest is with a clean slate. Take everything out of the toolbox, to begin with. If you don’t have any drawers inside the tool chest, check all the compartments. Start with a completely empty toolbox.

Once you’ve removed them all, place them down in front of you on your workstation or bench. This will help you get an idea of what tools you have in your possession. If you feel that the tools aren’t particularly clean, place down a sheet or cloth and place the tools on them.

3.    Try to Identify All Your Tools

While identifying and taking stock of your tools, it helps to put them all together in sets. For example, all your heavy machinery equipment together. Then your drill bits, your drill machine, and other such tools should be kept together.

Put all the tool accessories together in one place. Then once you have placed all tools into sets, identify what each one is and what you are using it for. It really helps if you have s nice large workstation or bench to spread the task out.

4.    Wipe Everything Down

What you need to do now is give each and every tool a good wipe with a handkerchief. Wipe each tool and accessory down individually. If you have tool wipes with you, this will work a lot better. Use the tool wipes to do an initial cleaning of all the tools.

Tool wipes aren’t very difficult to find. You can buy them online from most sites. Once you’ve given all your tools a good wipe, give the outer surface of the box a good wipe as well. Once that’s done, open up the box and clean in all the gaps and crevices inside the box.

5.    Throw Away All the Broken Tools

While you may be someone who takes care of your tool chest very carefully, it’s still possible that some tools may get broken or damaged. No matter how well you maintain it, you can expect some damage to your tools that happens with use and general wear and tear.

It’s important to dispose of all the tools that are damaged or can’t be used anymore. This will open up some more space for your new tools or for replacements. Always ensure that you get rid of old tools in an environmentally-friendly way. Also, take care of old and rusted nails and such while disposing of them.

6.    Place All the Tools of the Same Set Together

If you can keep all tools of the same size in a single compartment, it’ll be very easy for you to get to them when you need them. Try to get a separate compartment for each one of your screwdrivers and your wrenches.

Arranging all your similar-sized tools together is one option, while you could also arrange them based on the category of the tool they fall in. For example, all your heavy machinery in one place, all your hammers and nails in one place, and so on.

7.    Try to Keep Smaller Items Together

One of the issues you will face with a tool chest that hasn’t been organized is that you will find things missing. You won’t be able to quickly gain access to some of the things you’re looking for. One of the most common things to disappear is the smaller items.

Things like nails and screws are obviously a lot smaller than your average tools. It’s very easy for them to roll around and stay hidden in your tool chest. To stop that, get them organized. Try to set apart one compartment for all your smaller items to be in one place.

8.    Put a Label on Everything

Labeling everything in your tool chest may sound like a little bit of overkill, but just try it out and see the difference. You will notice that the environment of your work becomes a lot more efficient and your life becomes a whole lot easier.

You don’t really have to go out to buy a label maker. Just write down everything on small pieces of paper, and stick them to the tools with little strips of tape. This will help you get everything into place but also give you an idea of where everything is at all times.

9.    Do It One Drawer/Compartment at a Time

It’s extremely important that you understand and designate compartments or drawers for each and every tool and tool set that you have. If you’re working with a larger tool chest, then separate the compartments or drawers based on the tools.

One smart tip is to ensure that all the heavier tools are placed towards the top of the chest, while the lighter tools are placed towards the bottom portion. This is to help you while you are picking up tools when you’re in the middle of your work.


In Conclusion

A neat and organized tool chest is going to make your work a lot easier. You’ll see that every time you need a tool, you’ll find it in a very convenient place, making it easy to reach. If you’re working with a tool chest that’s never been organized, you can expect your work to take a lot longer than normal.

These are the simple beginner steps that you can follow to start getting your tool chest organized. Put everything into place, and have a flow to how the tools are placed in the chest. If you do that, things become a lot easier. Understand the flow of how things are organized, and you’re good to go.

It’s also a very satisfying feeling. To be able to organize all your tools in a way that you want to. The next time that you open up your tool chest for a job, you’ll be so glad you got it organized.

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