You may not be Mike Holmes, but whether you own or rent, you surely use some tools now and then!
A great way to have what you need, where and when you need it, is to set up a tool caddy. This can work for men or women of course, but I do have to tell you – for many of my clients, it’s the woman who gets excited about this!
I recommend a low, open caddy, (this one is from Michael’s), with lots of dividers and pockets. Fill it with the things you use most for small chores around the house. The usual items are: hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, tape measure, mini level,picture hangers, nails and screws, drywall anchors, pencils, twist ties and rubber bands, etc. A plastic dish with a lid or a jar can be filled with miscellaneous screws and nails that come in handy when you need one. I like to have a sharpie, notepad, and tape in there as well. A rubber mallet is a handy, often overlooked item, great when assembling furniture from big-box stores – a common household chore.
Remember, when you have a picture to hang, or another small job – grab the whole caddy rather than just a couple of items. You’ll save trips back and forth. Next, be sure to keep this in an easy-access spot and teach other members of your household to use it, not pilfer it! I like the setup shown below, on a shelf in the garage. Next to the caddy are the recharging batteries for your small hand drill. In this setup, we’ve also hung the power drill and extension cord nearby. Other plastic bins on these shelves hold the tools that aren’t used as often, as well as extra extension cords, etc.