Anyone who works with multiple tools knows how easy it is for them to become disorganised. Ensuring that everything is where it needs to be is the key to the logical organisation of tools.
The first step in getting your plastic tool box organised is to choose a foam tool kit or some other type of tool foam product which can then be tailored to your specific requirements. Before you cut foam, make sure you are cutting it to fit your plastic tool box and your tools.
Lay out your tools and think about the best arrangement for them, such as placing tools you use more often nearer the front and keeping tools that you usually use together in the same place.
After you have created an adequate layout, trace the tools with a marker and start cutting.
Tool box foam sheets are great for the organisation of smaller tools that might otherwise just be thrown into small drawers. The use of foam allows these tools to be neatly arranged, enabling users to easily find the right size they are looking for without having to hunt through a wide array of other small tools to do so.
This method is particularly useful for organising the likes of wrenches, sockets and screwdrivers.
Cords and batteries
When planning plastic tool box foam layouts, it is important to save some space for batteries and cords. Making sure there is space cut out for these accessories ensures that they will not get lost and that cords will not get damaged.
There is no need for the space that is cut out for cords to be perfectly shaped, just so long as they are large enough to fit them. Trace the cord when laid out to ensure it will fit into the space.
When more than one type of tool is being stored in a drawer within your plastic tool box, using foam inserts of different colours for sections with different types of tools, such as blue for pliers or black for screwdrivers, can be a good idea to help with easy identification or to see whether any particular type of tools are missing.
This can be particularly useful in situations where different people have to share the same tools, enabling tools to be quickly located and then returned to their proper position after use.
The addition of labels
As noted above colour coordination can be helpful to highlight tools that are missing and where tools need to be returned to. This is also the case with small labels in shared tool storage areas, placing them next to the cut-out of each tool and naming them. This can also make it much quicker to find and return tools, particularly for those unfamiliar with the arrangement of the plastic tool box.
These types of labels can also be placed on the exterior of plastic tool boxes, storage cabinets and chests.
Organised spaces are much more productive and result in fewer mistakes. The organisation of tools is a simple method of ensuring work can be done much easier in a particular space.