Proper storage of tools does more than just keep things neat and orderly; it also makes sure that tools are not exposed to elements that can affect their performance and service life. From power tools to garden equipment, here are the best ways you can store your tools properly:
1. Have a place for everything
The best way to keep your tools organized is to delegate each space for a specific type or collection of tools. Organize tools according to their function and frequency of use, keeping in mind that some tools require special storage instructions. For example, a high-quality expanding wood glue should be kept in a cool, dry place, so don’t put it near the window. For tools that are easily misplaced (e.g. nails, screws, drill bits, etc.), have a drawer with labels for easy access.
2. Store frequently used tools nearby
For tools and supplies that you use most of the time, store them near your workbench or in a mobile toolbox. In this way, you don’t have to rummage through your drawers every time you need something, and you won’t need to displace other tools during your search.
3. Use wall space
An excellent strategy to maximize space is to use walls to store your tools, especially if you have a small work area. Hang a pegboard above your workbench to store small tools on. Install racks and shelves along your walls for more tools and equipment. Set up strong hooks to hang bigger tools on. The more wall space you use, the less cluttered your work area will be.
4. Throw out tools you don’t need
Most of us have a habit of holding on to tools or equipment because “we might need it someday.” But if you haven’t “needed” that tool, equipment, or material for quite some time now, it’s time to throw it in the garbage rather than let it clutter up your workshop.
5. Maintain tools properly
The most common cause of tool deterioration is poor maintenance. To prevent your tools from wearing down prematurely, make sure to maintain them regularly by lubricating moving parts, applying anti-rust products, cleaning dirt and debris, sharpening blades, and replacing faulty or worn down parts, among other essential maintenance methods.
6. Protect tools from the elements
Never store your tools outside overnight. Similarly, don’t let them get exposed to rain or excessive sunlight. In your workshop, make sure the windows are sealed and moisture does not get on your tools, lest you want them to rust.
7. Put labels on everything
Put a label on every box, drawer, and storage bin in the workshop. Even if you have an amazing memory, putting labels on storage areas will help you find tools and equipment much faster.
These are just some of the tips you can use to store your tools properly so they last longer with tip-top performance. Whether you are a novice hobbyist or a professional craftsman, these can help you do the job better and more efficiently.