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From Chaos to Order: A Practical Guide to Tool Storage

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From Chaos to Order: A Practical Guide to Tool Storage

Are you always in a frenzy when trying to find that one 12mm spanner among the assortment of drill bits, screwdrivers, and other miscellaneous items? You are not the only one. Anyone who’s ever worked with tools has experienced the anxiety of rummaging through the box and not being able to locate the one thing you so desperately need at the moment.

The good news is that, with the correct storage systems in place, anyone can turn their workspace into a haven of streamlined organisation. Whether it’s a garage, workshop, basement, or shed, the following guide can help you put your ever-growing collection in order.

Use a Variety of Storage Options

Red tool box, cabinet

If you have a large collection of tools, you should probably use a variety of tool storage solutions. Here are a few ideas for efficiently organising your tool storage:


A toolbox is a small, handheld storage container that is usually made of plastic or metal. It’s perfect for holding a basic assortment of frequently used tools. Some portable toolboxes have removable trays or built-in compartments that help with efficient tool organisation. They are great for professionals who need to carry tools to different locations or for tasks around the house.


An effective way to store tools is with a wall-mounted pegboard. These perforated metal or wood boards are installed just above your workbench and are designed to support storage hooks so you can keep your most frequently used tools at eye level (you know, the ones you use for two minutes but spend thirty minutes looking for…).

Aside from being a practical storage solution, a pegboard also looks great! You may even want to arrange your tools by type and size to make it easier to spot them. All you have to do is reach out and grab the one you need!


sturdy shelving system

A sturdy shelving system is your best bet if you have a little more room and an extensive collection (no judgment here!). We highly advise installing the shelves as firmly as possible to ensure they can support the weight of your drills and hand tools without sagging. If you have the space, you can even install multiple shelves, just remember to keep your heaviest tools on the lower shelves.

If you have kids, make sure all of your screws, bolts, and small tools are stored up high to keep them out of the reach of curious hands. Why not try covering your shelves with non-slip matting to keep your screwdrivers, hammers, and other hand tools from falling? That way, you can arrange your tools side by side at eye level.


Tools stored in cabinets are less likely to be impacted by the environment because they are enclosed storage units with doors. These can be used in a workshop or garage or placed outside. Lockable cabinets add an extra degree of security and offer greater protection against dust and debris than open shelving or pegboards.

Tool Chests

Large storage units intended for a workshop environment, chests are frequently on wheels. They typically have several drawers and compartments to hold a sizable collection of tools; many also have locking mechanisms to keep tools safe and discourage theft; the wheels allow for easy movement of the chest around the workspace as needed.

Shadow Boards


Similar to a pegboard, a shadow board is painted or marked with the outlines, or “shadows,” of each tool, providing a visual guide that helps locate missing or misplaced tools quickly.

Drawer Liners

These are protective sheets that you can cut to fit the drawers in your toolbox or chest. They offer cushioning and grip to keep your tools from sliding about when the drawers are opened or closed, as well as protection from dents and scratches for both the tools and the drawers.

The Benefits of Proper Organisation

The Benefits of Proper Organisation tools
  • Damage Protection: Because many tools are made of materials that are susceptible to environmental factors like dust, moisture, and humidity, it is important to store them properly to prevent rust and corrosion. Additionally, keeping these items neatly in place will keep them from knocking into one another, which could result in chips, dents, or other types of physical damage.
  • Longevity and Performance: Tools that are properly cared for and maintained have a longer lifespan and perform better. For instance, well-maintained sharp edges, accurate calibration, and smoothly functioning moving parts minimize the need for frequent replacements or repairs, which saves money and guarantees that your tools are always ready.
  • Increased Efficiency and Productivity: A well-organised tool storage system reduces the amount of time you spend looking for the tools you need. Knowing where each tool is placed also helps you avoid frustration and wasted time looking for a tool in the middle of a project. All of these factors add up to a more productive and efficient work process.
Ian Tompson