If you just purchased a shiny new tool cabinet or have let a tool lcabinet fall into an unorganized mess, you will want to know how to keep your tool cabinet organized. In any situation, having your tools properly organized within a tool cabinet can help ease frustration when looking for specific tools. It will also help with your efficiency and productivity to have all your many tools nicely organized and perfectly ordered.
The first thing to do when organizing is pull everything out of the storage and place on a large table or on the floor. Be careful to not leave any dangerous tools in the reach of children and make sure you are not in the way of anyone. Once you have a good inventory of all your tools, go through and pull aside any tools that may be unwanted or easily parted with. You don't have to get rid of it yet, but if the time comes when you run out of room in your cabinet it will be nice to know what tools can be taken out to make more room.
Now organize the tools into groups. Keep the power tools together in a group, put the screwdrivers together, pile up the ratchet sets. Organize them by type of tool or type of job they are used for, this way you can easily access them from the right drawer.
At this point it would be a good idea to also organize by size. Most tool cabinets have varying sizes of drawers, having your tools organized by size allows you to easily estimate which group will fit into which drawer.
Now that you have organized your tools, begin placing them inside the cabinet. You may need to adapt by placing in larger drawers than you anticipated, don't try and force your tools into a smaller space than they can fit. Another problem you may encounter is having too much room. This can be an issue when the small parts roll around inside the drawer. You can fix this problem by inserting the small parts inside a small plastic container that will fit easily inside the cabinet.
Once you are finished, it is a good idea to label each drawer with what it contains. This can be done with a label-maker or writing on mailing labels with a felt-tip marker. Follow these labels to keep your cabinet nice and organized and enjoy the increased functionality of having a tidy work space.