As a little girl, I was the daughter that followed my dad around like a puppy, watching and asking about any project he was doing. While my two older sisters could care less, I was sure to be at my dad’s side watching him pack his tool box, fix things, and build things. He was and is very methodical and organized. Every tool had a place and was always put back when we were done using it. I would ask my dad to explain each tool and what it was used for. Soon, I became the one to hand him the tool he needed during a project because I knew the name and how to identify it.
Little did I know, all the question asking would pay off later as an organizer when I’d be working in tool rooms, basements, and man caves. Now as an adult, small projects around my home are not overwhelming and are possible without a “man’s help”. I’m proud many of my clients ask me to do simple work that a handymen would normally do. Hanging closet systems, hooks, garage systems and assembling shelving are not off limits. After I went through a divorce a few years back, I remember my dad showing up with all brand new tools for me and some hand me down tools from my grandpa. My ex had taken most, if not, all the tools we had. I was overwhelmed with emotion that he would take care of me and think to buy me tools! I’m so grateful for my dad.
If you or your spouse has a tool set, keeping it organized and accessible is key. Be mindful of these three things.
- Consider the amount of tools you have. The average household (who isn’t in a construction business) doesn’t need several sets of screw drivers, ten hammers, and three drills. Often clients run to the hardware store when they’re faced with a home project instead of seeing what they have first. Do some digging and look through what you have to you’re prepared next time the sink leaks or a handle falls off. Also be mindful of where you are living. Condo dwellers will need a fraction of the amount of tools compared to a five bedroom home with a garage and backyard pool. Keep only what makes common sense to keep.
- Consider how you will store tools. There are a few tools you may reach for on a monthly basis. Keep a small amount or set close for common uses. The rest can be packed away or located more remotely in your home or condo. Don’t get bogged down with the small stuff.
- Consider your tool using habits. Are you quick to call a handyman, your dad, uncle or service person? If so, that’s perfectly fine. But if that’s the case you shouldn’t keep a closet full of tools and specialty work items. Some husbands are just not good handymen, so ask for help when you need it.