Organization is one of those tasks that I have to constantly remind myself about. I’m always more satisfied when things are organized but it is not always my first instinct. My tools are a perfect example of this. My current tool storage and organization consists of an old plastic tool box that I purchased in high school and a shoe box that has become my “picture hanging” tool kit. Unfortunately both are a mess.
The latch on my red tool box doesn’t hold the lid closed as securely as it once did so I’m wary of carrying it from the top handle (yes, I have had everything fall out before). The shoe box is filled with enough hardware to hang three times as many pieces as I own and also will not stay closed on its own.
My goal is to consolidate, organize, and get everything into one container. Luckily I remembered my Dad having some old tool bags from Klein Tools and I thought they might have a solution to my problem.
You can read their website to learn more about Klein Tools but there are only two things that matter:
- People that use tools for a living use Klein
- Everything is Made in the USA
On top of the functionality, I also find their designs aestetically pleasing. Maybe aesthetics aren’t the first consideration for most and I can understand the appeal of a simple red tool box but canvas and leather just feels right to me. The bags from Klein are also quite affordable (definitely more so than the leather roll-up I originally lusted after).
I purchased the Klein 5102-16 16″ Canvas Tool Bag, Klein 5139 12-1/2-Inch Canvas Zipper Bag, and Klein Tools 5140 Canvas Zipper Bags, 4-Pack (colored). My plan was to use the pouches to organize my screwdrivers, sockets, wrenches, and other loose hardware. Once the pouches were filled, my main tool bag would just be filled with the pouches and any other large items.
It took a little wrangling but I was able to fit everything. The 18″ bag might have been a better choice but in reality I should probably make another pass get to rid of more tools and hardware that I don’t need or use.