As a DIY enthusiast who needs to be mobile to help out family and friends; on a weekly basis my organization falls short … I have pockets of organization, but need to get better organized while becomng more flexible and mobile. Between a large vertical drawer tool chest, multiple shelf racks with bins (fasteners, parts etc) in stanley boxes, crates, … a multitude of dedicated basic plastic tool boxes (electrical, plumbing, … ) and a batch of dissimilar power tool containers and bags … it feels like I’m always chasing something.
Having seen Adam Savage’s sortimo system, some other manufacturer’s racking systems for home / truck / trailer, etc., some people’s walls of containers on slide outs, … the organizational neurons are spinning.
What has surprised me, is that these square container systems seem big at two things: small to medium parts sorting and powertool storage.
What about hand tools? For electrical, plumbing, carpentry, small engine, networking, painting, …
Are there adequate solutions to integrate those into a medium - large setup, where it isn’t just a bunch of stuff in $50-100 square box? Right now it looks like time gained in organization of boxes, diminishes due to tool access. You know compared to accessing a open rolling drawer, lift out tray inserts from a tool box … there’s all screw drivers, pliers, wrenche. With the box system if looks like a lot of square boxes and you’re on your own. Some mini drawer sets end up being $100-150-plus for just a set of three small drawers. That’s just not budget friendly.
Another thing that seems lacking is purchase options and discounts.
Any guy looking to get organized, engaged in a multitude of things, doesn’t just need one or two boxes, as if it were an emergency kit in the car or essentials kit in a rental condo). It is easily multiple dozens of containers. Yet every brand I look at seems to insist on premium pricing by the single box, with inserts and acessories like foam, separators, … as add ons.
So, my vision of downsizing, and creating two rugged rolling benches full of full extension drawers loaded with tainers that I could trailer with me; is not there yet. It seems like a yes for small parts and power tools, … but a ??? for hand tools and shopping options.
Can people fill me in how they deal with lots of hand tools?
And a multitude of parts and tools that span the gamut of a DIY book?
Any great shopping sites for this kind of stuff?