Keeping your tools in order is very important if you want to be able to find the tools for the job right when you need them. It is frustrating to search all around your garage and your basement for a wrench set or a hammer, doubling the time it would take to do a simple job around the house. If everything is in its proper place, you will not find home repair and maintenance work to be hard at all, and, by tackling problems as they arise, you can keep your house in great shape for years to come.
One thing that can help is to paint pictures of the outlines of the tools behind the wall rack where they are supposed to hang. If you put up a pair of pegs for a hammer, paint a hammer – green paint is a popular choice, though black is also used rather often – on the wall behind and below those pegs. You will always know exactly where to put the hammer back when you are done with it, which can help you find it again in mere seconds the next time that you need it for a job.
Another tactic is to keep different toolboxes sorted for different jobs. Do not get Waterloo toolboxes and then just toss everything into them. You will have to dig through and search out the right tools for the next job, even if you have everything for the one that you are doing right now. You also run the risk of forgetting something that you obviously need, assuming that it is in the box when it is not. If the boxes are sorted appropriately, you always know that the right tools are there, even if you have to restock the things that run out – like nails or duct tape.
For instance, you could have one box for construction projects, containing a hammer, a tape measure and things of that nature. You could have another one with a wrench set and plumber’s putty for any plumbing jobs that come up. You could have a third box with wire cutters and fuses for electrical jobs. These are the three main types of jobs that you are probably going to face around your own home. You can also design a custom box if you want, though, if you have unique jobs falling into multiple categories.