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9 Ways to Think Outside the Toolbox

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Kara
08.05.13

Whether you excel in the garden, garage or craft room, you probably have quite a few helpful tools in your arsenal of awesome. While more tools mean more great projects, they can also mean more storage problems, and toolboxes can quickly become a clutter trap.

Photo: Natalme

These nine out-of-the-toolbox storage ideas will make tool clutter a thing of the past: 

1. Garden Rake

An old garden rake can double as a “rake rack” for your gardening tools. Store your shovels, shears and gloves by threading a loop of heavy-duty twine through their handles and hanging them along the rake’s prongs. Some shears just weren’t made to fit in drawers!

2. Pegboard

Think of a pegboard as the Swiss army knife of organization – it can handle any mess. Have it sized at your local home improvement store, bring it home and then secure your tools with pegboard hook holders. Optional: Paint it the color your choice for a design pop in the garage.

3. Hangers

Wire hangers may be great helpers in the closet, but they have another hidden skill: organizing tools. We especially like using hangers to organize tape. Simply unwind your hanger and string your tape along the wire to keep it all in one place. 

4. PVC Pipe

This sturdy tubing is great for holding larger tools such as shovels, hoes and garden rakes. To see what PVC pipe can do for your tools, try this display from Ashbee Design because each PVC pipe holder is clearly labeled for each tool.

5. Magnetic Strip 

Organize your craft cabinet once-and-for-all by installing a heavy-duty magnet on the back of the cabinet doors. You’ll be able to easily locate pliers, scissors, screwdrivers and more.

6. Pie Plates

Use pie tins to hold unused saw blades. Simply cut the plates in half and screw them to your garage wall – look at all that space you’re saving! Safety note: Place duct tape over the newly cut edges of your pie plates to protect your fingers.

7. Painted Cabinets 

Customize your garage cabinetry with chalkboard paint! Paint the face of each cupboard door and label what’s behind each one. This look works for smaller drawers, too.

8. Creative Outlines

If someone in your family has a little difficulty putting things back where they belong, this idea is for you! Hang your tools as you normally would along your garage wall or craft room. Then, carefully trace the outline of each of them with a paint pen. Everyone will know exactly where each tool should live.

9. Under-the-Shelf Containers 

This is perfect for storing smaller items like screws, nuts and bolts. Glue container lids (we like the look of recycled mason jars or baby food jars) under a shelf and screw the jars into place. 

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