Hey there! I generally don’t post this late in the day, but I literally just finished organizing my new Husky 18-drawer tool chest (I got this one from Home Depot), and a couple of you asked me to show how I organized everything in it. So here it is! For the first time ever in my life, my tools are organized in a way that I can easily find them, and it feels amazing.
The absolute best advice EVER regarding tool chest organization came from a couple of you who recommended putting the labels on magnets so that they can be easily moved when I decide to move things from one drawer to another. I used the sticky back magnet roll (like this one) that’s easy to cut with sharp scissors, and borrowed my mom’s label maker (like this one) to make the labels.
And as far as the organization, here’s how I’ve done things for now.
In the top section with the lid that lifts, I have sanders, drills, nailers, staplers, and jigsaws. These are pretty much the tools that I use the most often.
I want to build something that each of these tools will slide into so that they’ll stand on their own rather than leaning on each other. But for now, this is fine.
The narrow drawers on the right side are my favorites because I find them so much easier to organize. Multiple categories of tools don’t have to share a drawer, and I like that.
In the top drawer, I have all of my wrenches.
Next drawer holds clamps. I do have a “Kreg Jig and accessories” drawer, but I put my Kreg clamps in this drawer because they can be used for so much more than just with a Kreg Jig.
Next up is the pliers drawer.
And then the screwdrivers and screwdriver bits drawer.
Below that is the drawer with all of my utility knives and any other sharp cutting knives and blades.
And then there’s the drawer with all of my drill bits and spade bits.
The next drawer is a bit random — tape measures, allen wrenches and furniture movers.
And the big drawer at the bottom holds all of my sandpaper, sanding discs, steel wool, and dust masks.
So that’s all of the narrow drawers on the right side. Now on to the wider drawers on the left side.
The top drawer holds scrapers, chisels and tin snips.
The next drawer holds glue guns and sticks. And yes, every workshop needs a good (big) glue gun.
The next drawer is nails and staples for my pneumatic tools, as well as blades for my jigsaws and reciprocating saw.
The next drawer is the wide, shallow drawer that is the whole width of the tool chest, and it’s where I put some of the tools I use the most, including levels, speed square, hammers, mallets, prybars and punches.
Next up is the drawer that holds all of my electrical tools.
Under that are my hand saws and caulk guns.
The deep drawer on the bottom left holds my Kreg Jigs (crown, pocket hole, cabinet hardware and hidden hinge) on the left and my Dremel Multimax on the right. In between, I put two containers. The left one holds Kreg attachments (pocket hole drill bits, pocket hole screwdriver bits, crown angle finder) and the one on the right holds Multimax accessories (blades, sanding attachment, etc.)
And then I use the handle on the side of the chest to hold my framing squares, large clamps, and crowbar.
And that’s it! That’s the full tour of my new tool chest. I’m so excited to have things organized, and I love those magnetic labels with the freedom to move things around as needed. And if you were keeping count you probably noticed that I still have two free drawers on the left side, although I doubt they’ll be free for long.
What you didn’t see in this chest were any tools related to painting. Everything for painting — paint sprayers, rollers, paint can openers, etc. — will go on the five 12-inch-deep shelves that I installed in the sunroom. I have one shelf that’s 8 feet long, and the rest are 6 feet long, so I’ll have plenty of room for cans of paint and any painting tools.
I also have a spot in the sunroom where I’ll store all of my large tools — circular saw, floor nailer, air compressor, table saw, miter saw, etc. And I still need to put some hangers on the wall where all of my extension cords will be stored.
Of course, this is all temporary. The sunroom will one day be gone, and I’ll eventually have a workshop in the back yard where all of this stuff will reside permanently, and my big tools will be set up for use any time I need them. But for now, this is still a huge step up from what I’ve ever had before.
So overall, my organization is coming along nicely. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about organization in my life. 😀