Keeping tools organized – and close at hand

It’s true what they (who are they, anyway?) say… sometimes the old ideas are still the best ideas.

When we were growing up in the sixties and seventies (ahem, hold your stone-age-related comments), our Dad kept his most important and most-used tools organized and close at hand, using a sheet of pegboard and assorted hooks. Today, we have the same thing, on a slightly smaller scale, in our own home. It’s a simple, sensible and space-saving solution that works – whether you live in a grand home, small apartment, or something in between.

You can find pegboard at your local lumber or home supply store. Ask them to cut it to size that will fit your wall size. Purchase some thin 2” x ½” (or so) wood strips, too. You’ll need to attach these to the wall first, and then mount the pegboard on top of the strips. This will give you a little space between the wall and the pegboard, so the hooks or pegs can stick through the holes. (One design note: you can paint your pegboard to match your home décor – no reason you have to stick with boring beige!)

Good locations for your pegboard include the garage, of course, but if you don’t have a garage, or you want to keep your tools even closer, you could mount the pegboard on a closet wall, in the basement or laundry room.

What are the basic tools every home should have, mounted conveniently on your pegboard? Here’s a good starter list:

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers – flathead and Phillips
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Crescent wrench
  • Vice Grips
  • Utility knife/box cutter
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • X-acto knife
  • Assorted screws, nails, picture hangers and double-sided tape
  • Duct tape (it comes in pretty colors, now!)

Keeping your tools organized and easily accessible on pegboard is better than throwing it all in a tool box. You’ll be able to grab what you need in a hurry, and you’ll be more likely to return tools to their home when your project is done.

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