Updated: Sep 29, 2019
Is your household tool kit non-existent? Or overflowing with too much of everything? Most people find themselves at one extreme or the other. If you'd like to know what to keep in a convenient household tool kit with just the essentials, not too much and not too little, read on...
Last week, as I was moving a few things around in the laundry room cupboards, I came across our very heavy household tool kit. As I was trying to decide where to store it, I asked myself why I always seem to avoid getting my tool kit out no matter where it is stored. As I forced myself to think about this, I realized the problem was the weight and clumsiness of getting it in and out of a cupboard, and the cluttered disorganized state of the inside of the tool box itself. And of course, one thing led to another, and soon I was purging our grossly overloaded tool kit.
It started with thinking I would just unload some of the masses of hardware that had infiltrated the entire inside of the box, but I just kept going until there was no turning back. Oh my. I reminded myself, maybe even aloud, that it always has to get worse before it can be made better. So, I chuckled as I removed a massive pile of hardware, along with wall anchors, electrical wire nuts, used and bent nails, and tools I didn’t even know what to do with. At this point I had a large pile of what NOT to keep in a household tool kit.
After sorting everything according to type and category, I was able to toss years of accumulated hardware and relocate many of the tools back to their home in the garage. And now I have a well-organized, lightweight, convenient tool kit, that contains just the essentials for minor household jobs.
I thought you might be interested in knowing what I kept, so here is a simple list of what to keep in your household tool kit. Some of these items are numbered on the photos:
Prepackaged picture-hanging set
Shelf pegs for cupboards
Cup hooks of several sizes
Small screwdriver set
Glasses repair kit
Nails for picture hanging
Small plastic square
Mini zip ties
Retractable tape measure
Curtain rod hardware
Needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
There are so many useful items you could keep in your household tool kit, but I wanted to share with you the contents of my own real life tool kit, and I'd love it if you would comment below with anything different that you keep in yours.