Tool Organization

One of the things I hate most about a double move is living out of boxes for a short period of time. While most of our big things are stored away, some things I needed to keep within an arm’s reach… like my tools.

Since I’ll be doing a bunch of small jobs for family members during these next 3 months and most of them aren’t handy (or even own normal DIY tools like a laser level or jigsaw), I decided I needed to bring all of my tools with me to my brother’s house. Since I didn’t really want to dig around 4 big boxes and 2 tool boxes for the next couple of months, I decided to get organized instead.

organize tools for houseSo I bought this bad boy:
the Craftsman 6 Drawer Steel Tool Center from Ace Hardware.

craftsman 5 drawer tool organizationNow I have to admit that Ben was a little bit skeptical when I brought this home last week. He basically shook his head and didn’t think it would be nearly big enough to hold all of our tools. But I’m happy to report this bad boy does hold A LOT of stuff. C’mon… let’s check it out.

craftsman tool organizerThe bottom deep cabinet holds most of the big items like my nail gun, jigsaw, circular saw, drills, chargers, and a toolbox kit.

craftsman tool organizationThe second drawer holds my hand saws, Kreg jog, clamps, crowbar, etc. And since I’m usually making a mess when I use this tools, I put my safety glasses in here too as a reminder to actually use them. Oh, and cleaning out my boxes of tools helped me realize that I own 4 different hand saws. Not even joking.

craftsman drawer tool organizationThe other big drawer holds some of my painting supplies like drop cloths, paint brushes, sandpaper, paint keys, paint fan decks, etc. And the bottom drawers are wide and really deep. Love how much I can stuff in there.

tool organizationNow moving up to the smaller drawers. Again, when you finally clean out your toolbox, you find that you hoard certain items. Apparently for me it was hand saws and measuring tapes. Below you can see 5 of them, but I found 3 more that aren’t even pictured here.

craftsman tool organization drawersNext is what I like to call my “hanging” drawer. Basically everything I need to hang wall art, mirrors, and picture frames around my house: stud finder, laser level, lots of screws, drywall anchors and nails, plus a hammer and mallet. OK, maybe the mallet doesn’t quite fit with this whole “hanging drawer” idea, but oh well.

tool organization ideasAnd finally we have another drawer with more random tools, you know… the ones that usually get lost around the house. Pliers, screwdrivers, tin snips, wrenches, utility knives, etc. And what I like about this Craftsman tool organizer is that it comes with a key so you can lock up the tools. Total peace of mind.

how to organize your toolsAnd I have to say after all of this tool organization I made Ben a total believer in this Craftsman 6 Drawer Steel Tool Center from Ace Hardware. We’re even talking about investing in another one to hold all of our painting supplies. We are reverting back to a two car garage in the next house and I need to organize and maximize space!

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Oh, and if you made it to the end of this post I have a sweet little giveaway for you guys!

Today one lucky winner will receive a
$100 gift card to Ace Hardware.

Just leave a comment below telling me what you’d buy
to organize your home with the help of Ace Hardware!

ace hardware gift cardWinner will be chosen one week from today!

And make sure you check out all of the Primo Brands available at your neighborhood Ace Hardware, including Craftsman, Scotts, Toro and Weber.

Hope you guys are enjoying Spring and tackling those home maintenance projects!

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 I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.


Junk Drawer Organization

I normally call this area our butler’s pantry since it’s right next to our breakfast room and holds a bunch of our dishes. But since I really don’t have many entertaining supplies, the desk and cabinet area below is basically a breeding ground for junk drawers.

butlers pantry organizationIn my kitchen alone I have plenty of drawers and cabinets. Yes, I’m one lucky gal and I shouldn’t be complaining. Except that when you have empty drawers, they just kind of accumulate junk.

So over the weekend I finally had enough and decided to organize this mess. I found a bunch of little plastic trays at Dollar General and spent $8 total. Yep, $8 for some sanity. That basically totaled out to 24 different sized trays in various colors. Who knew organization could be so cheap?

junk drawer organization dollar generalI emptied everything out of the drawers and put it on my kitchen table. Then I kind of mapped out where I wanted everything to go, grouping similar items together like office supplies and tools.

butler's pantry organizationLuckily all of the trays seemed to be perfectly made for the drawers. The long, skinny trays fit 3 across, the medium rectangle trays fit 2 across, and the big trays fit perfectly sideways.

In the far left drawer I put most of our misc. items like cords, chargers, batteries, playing cards, etc.

cordsBecause cords and phone chargers are my biggest nemesis, I grouped them into small plastic snack baggies. Now I’m just hoping my husband keeps up with this system.

how to organize cords and chargersThe next set of drawers to the right now organize my office supplies, mostly pens, pencils, scissors, tape, glue and watercolor paints for those rainy days.

desk supplies organizationJust above the desk opening is a large wide drawer. Here I keep scratch pads, paperwork, misc house items, and my home finance and bill organizer.

home finance and bill organizerLet me talk for a quick moment about this bill organizer because it’s life-changing. I scooped it up from Dollar General for only $2.55. It’s broken up into months with a chart where you can write down your bills or expenses.

home finance and bill organizer dollar generalThen there’s also a pocket for each month to keep receipts. This is going to be a huge help for my business. Do simple things like this excite you too, or is it just me?

kitchen bill organizationTo the right of the middle drawer I have two medium baskets to keep my Command Brand hooks and wall hangers. Yeah, kinda weird to have an entire drawer dedicated to this. I get that. But I seriously had no idea I had so many until I cleaned out all of these junk drawers.

junk drawer organization tipsJust below that I keep our old camcorder, tapes, family photo DVDs, etc.

junk drawer organizeThen the last set of drawers hold some of my everyday tools and DIY supplies. Tape measurers, screws, drywall anchors, painter’s tape, screwdrivers, etc.

junk drawer organizationAnd just below the big cabinet perfectly fits my toolbox and tool set.

junk drawer organizationOn the opposite side the other big cabinet holds my daughter’s art supplies and my Girl Scout box for our monthly meetings (yep, I’m a leader for 13 first grade girls…. what did I get myself into?).

drawer organization tipsSo all of this organization took place on Saturday, but yesterday we started on the backsplash in the butler’s pantry. We already finished the backsplash in the rest of the kitchen as seen here back in October. We didn’t have time to grout it since the mortar had to dry for 24 hours, so I’ll share the finished space with you guys soon. I think I’m also going to paint the back of the glass front cabinets…maybe.

butlers pantry backsplash

Stay tuned and see what I decide!

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