Right now my work area is in a state of extreme disarray, but I tend to be very particular about how I organize and store my tools. A tool that I cannot find is a tool I may as well not even own.
To help get myself reorganized, I’ve come up with a logical 5-step process to serve as an organizational framework. These aren’t exactly rules, they’re more like guidelines that I try to follow as much as possible. How do you organize your tools and equipment?
- Lay out all tools & categorize according to function
- Separate specialty tools & group according to applications
- Determine how and where tools will be stored, setting aside a few go-to tools for pegboard or workbench placement
- Designate rough drawer/cabinet/shelf locations for each tool group
- Refine the organization of each drawer or other storage location after all tools have a designated place
I usually go through this process every few months after new tool purchases start accumulating or when I buy a new storage unit.
Here is what one of my tool drawers looked like a few years ago before I reorganized:
As you can see, there are too many things that don’t belong grouped together. Screwdrivers, electrical test equipment, wire strippers, a pop riveter, and vise grip locking clamps.