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Whether you work as a professional mechanic or you simply love to tackle DIY repair projects in your own garage, an organized tool chest is a must-have. There are some easy ways to organize a tool chest that can contribute to the efficiency of your work. Consider three examples.

Put Frequently Used Tools in Top Drawers

It makes sense to put the tools you use the most in the top drawers of your tool chest. This makes them easily accessible when you’re in the midst of a project. So, take a few minutes to determine which tools you use on a daily basis and put them in the top three or four drawers of your tool chest. Leave the bottom drawers for tools you rarely need.

Tools Organized by Size

Chances are you have more than one screwdriver, wrench, hammer, etc. Organize these tools by type and size in the drawers of your excel tool chest. So, if you need a small Phillips-head screwdriver, you’ll find it right next to the small flat-head screwdrivers. Organizing your tool chest in this way sets up your tools in a logical way which helps your productivity.

Label the Drawers of Your Chest

Labeling the drawers of your tool chest is easy to do and can boost your organization in a big way! You can use white stickers or make labels on strips of white paper and tape them onto each drawer. You can even color code your drawers, so the colors represent different tools. Labeling the drawers of your tool chest means you can find the tool you’re looking for with a quick glance at your tool chest. Plus, if anyone else needs to find a tool they’ll be able to.

Finally, taking a little time to organize your tool chest and maintain that organization can help you shorten the time it takes to perform repair projects. Plus, if you’re a mechanic with his or her own business, having an organized tool chest adds to the professional appearance of your business.