Organize Like a Pro! Top 5 Tips for Your DIY Tools
Whether you are inherently ‘handy’ or you find yourself faced with an expensive issue, in which DIY is the most enticing option, having the right tools for the job is essential to ensure success.
There are many basic tools and supplies which are beneficial to the practicing DIY-er. Listed below are some of the most common and helpful tools to include in your arsenal for DIY projects from plumbing to carpentry.
TOP DIY TOOLS:
- Tape measure
- Cordless drill and corded drill
- Circular saw
- Drill bits
- Socket sets (metric and standard)
- Standard wrenches (metric and standard)
- Pliers (thick and thin)
- Allen wrenches (metric and standard)
- Saw (metal and/or wood)
- Electrical tape
- Utility knife
- Screwdrivers (Phillips head and straight in differing sizes)
- Wire nuts
- Wood Clamps
- Various fasteners (washers, bolts, nails, screws, tacks)
- Various types of glue
- Eye protection
- Dust Mask
With all of these tools, and this list being just the basics, your DIY workspace can quickly become cluttered and chaotic. Luckily, others have already faced this problem and many have come up with some ingenious solutions to stay organized.
From keeping tabs on your DIY tool inventory to creating a designated spot for each piece, these tips and tricks from the pros are sure to help you stay sane during your next DIY project.
5 PRO TIPS:
- Containing the Chaos – Take a look around at the tools and items you already own and how they are stored. If your current toolbox is overcrowded with tools, it may be time to consider a larger box. Alternatively, if your tools are stored in an external location, procuring a container to store them will greatly assist in keeping the clutter to a minimum.
- Taking Stock – Gather together all of the tools and other items you own. Discard or donate any older or weakening tools. Make notes of which tools need to be replaced and/or upgraded. Keeping too many unused tools is sure to make any project much more stressful and time-consuming.
- Organize with Outlines – One way to ensure great and consistent organization is to designate a place for each tool, then draw that tool’s outline so you will enjoy a quick visual when getting started on a project and a moderately faster clean-up process, as well.
- Big, Deep, Shallow, Small – When using a toolbox with multiple levels, drawers, etc. it is important to store the tools in the proper places. Bigger, bulky tools should be stored in the deeper drawers. Thinner, small tools should be stored in the shallow drawers and/or trays. Screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, etc. can be stored in a ‘head to toe’ fashion to maximize the potential holding space.
- Making Use of Magnets – Utilizing magnets can be a true space saver. Most of your tools, if not completely made of metal, will at least have some metal components. Using a strong adhesive (such as glue or proxy), fasten the magnets to a workspace wall or even inside your toolbox drawers and/or trays to provide extra stabilization when taking your tools with you. Investing in a magnetic stick will also help to reach those tiny screws and nails which may fall to the back of your toolbox or into cracks in your workspace.
Regardless of how your tools are organized, keeping them in good condition will drastically affect the quality of work they will produce and will prolong the life of the tool, itself, thereby cutting back on total replacement costs. Make sure you clean your tools after each and every use and return them to their proper storage place for the best maintenance results.
Do-it-yourselfers have many tricks and tactics for producing incredible projects. The most successful DIY-ers know the importance of being organized and taking care of their tools and workspace.
One only has to begin to look to find many award-worthy projects posted by fellow DIY-ers on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and many other social media sharing sites, including Facebook. A great way to get to the point of being able to share comparable DIY projects you’ve completed is to get in touch with those who’ve done projects you admire.
Ask the professionals how they manage their tools, time, and how they implement their skills and ideas. Gathering the knowledge of others will drastically reduce the amount of time you will spend correcting mistakes.
DIY projects are creative, crafty, and exciting. They can also be a bit daunting if you don’t have the proper set up from the beginning. Understanding the value of keeping your tools and resources organized will serve the conscientious DIY-er in the long run.
The wrong tool or, even the right tool in poor condition, can dramatically alter the details of the project at hand, and potentially ruin an otherwise perfect creation.
Maintenance and organization are not areas in which it is wise to skimp on time and preparation. The tools you use are the foundation on which your project is- quite literally built. Quality tools will ensure a quality project. Keeping your tools organized and maintained is the best way to ensure lasting quality.