Laundry Room Organizing


organized tool drawer detail

The day we bought our house, our tool arsenal, or lack thereof, was very slim. We owned one hammer, a set of screwdrivers, a wrench or two, and a picture hanging kit. That’s pretty much all you need when you live in an apartment complex that provided 24-hour maintenance service. Since starting the renovations the day we got the keys, we’ve borrowed a lot from my Dad’s extensive tool collection, but we’ve also begun to collect a small conglomeration of tools of our own. We keep the “big guys” (like the circular saw, pry bar, etc.) in the attached shed, and until a few weeks ago, it seemed like all of the smaller “everyday tools” (screwdrivers, pliers, nails, screws, etc.) were scattered all over the house. So we set out to start keeping them in one of the drawers in the laundry room….

Hey, I didn’t say it was organized. It’s probably the messiest tool drawer in all the land. Even though we like things to be neat and organized (a place for everything and everything in it’s place!), it clearly wasn’t quite happening here. Last night, I decided to do something about it! With a little help from my label maker, four plastic bins and five minutes of organization, here’s what the tool drawer looks like now…

Now that’s more like it! First off, I moved all of the tools down one drawer because the bottom drawers are a bit deeper than the top drawer. After taking out everything that didn’t belong (like the gum and flashlights) I divided everything in the drawer in four categories: hardware (nails, screws, anchors, hooks, etc), adhesives (caulk, wood glue, liquid nails, etc), tools (pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, a box cutter, etc), and future DIY projects (things we’re saving for a particular project, like casters and that deer hook I’m anxious to use somewhere).

I love how the baskets keep everything in place so things don’t fly around the drawer when it’s opened and closed. In the front of the the baskets are odds and ends like a container of spackle (for quick hole-filling jobs), painter’s tape, duct tape, a measuring tape and sanding block.

In the right corner is a small wooden bowl that I bought (and three more like it) at the thrift store for $1. This is where we keep random odds and ends that we find around the house and have no idea what they go to. I call it the “Doodad Bowl”. Fancy, right? It’s really nice to have around because, if we ever realize a piece of something is missing, we’ll just go to the bowl and see if it’s there. As of right now, there are only two little doodads in the bowl.

So that’s the current state of our indoor tool storage. I’m sure that as our tool collection grows, the storage will be reconfigured here and there, but this is a good start – and not to mention better for my semi-OCD self!

Where do you keep your “everyday tools”? Any particular tools you can’t live without? Share your tool tails with us…

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    May 23, 2012 at 10:53 am

    This is genius! Living in a NYC apartment, we don’t have much extra drawer space, so we have all tools, doodads and extra extension cords, camera chargers, ect in a very large boat bag in our front entry closet. I have everything in zip lock bags with appropriate labeling. It was the best I could manage with such a small space! If I had the room for organized drawers like this, I would be the happiest girl alive! Please come organize my apartment! Bring your label maker!

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      May 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

      I would love to, haha! Yes, I love my label maker. Greg said he’s surprised I haven’t labeled the bed yet : )

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    May 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Diggin’ the labels!
    β™₯ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}<—my blog (:

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    May 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

    That is very organized. our tools are in the laundry room, which resembles a battle field….
    I am sure that even your labels couldn’t save us…

    I reorganized the draws every so often, but seem to have way to many doodad bowls. Beware of them…they tend to multiply and move in packs….

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    May 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Great job my friend! Those super quick and inexpensive projects make all the difference and are my favorite! Looks great! Love the doodad bowl, we totally need a few of those around here!


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    Sara Smith
    May 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Just got this ( in blue) for my kitchen tools and LOVE it!

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