To say that my small hand tools were in a bit of a mess would be the understatement of the year. Instead of having anything organized I would accumulate small piles of tools in various rooms depending on what projects I was working on. This system (or lack thereof) clearly wasn't working and I wasted a lot of time looking for things. Something had to be done.
I set off to Lowe's in search of a storage solution. I wanted something inexpensive where I could easily see everything. Using five gallon buckets with an organizer completely fits the bill for me. Because I have a lot of stuff I got two buckets and generally organized painting and dry walling supplies into one and my clamps and other miscellaneous items into the other. I'm thinking that I need to get another one for storing my sanding discs and sanders as well. So far these buckets have worked well for me and the time I used to waste looking for things is now devoted to getting things done more quickly.
What do you do to keep your DIY supplies under control? Do you have creative ideas for storing your tools?