Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tool Caddy Organization

Remember the tool solution I mentioned in my hall closet makeover? I just used it for the first time! I was sooo happy with it that I knew I needed to share details right away.

Have you ever seen this adorable Starlight Turtle?

It projects constellations and a moon onto the ceiling in green, blue, or yellow. C used to love this thing, pushing all the buttons to cycle through the colors helped him fall asleep, and since it automatically shuts off after 30 minutes I never worried about wasting batteries. After about a year, though, the batteries died. Since the battery compartment was locked up with one of those itty bitty screws needing an itty bitty screwdriver that I could never seem to find, I just put it on my list of things to do and never got around to it.

See, the toobox I was using just wasn't working out.

I loved that it doubled as a step stool, but as I added more and more tools it started to get too heavy to haul out of the closet. It was annoying to crouch down, open the latch, and hunt for whatever tool it was that I needed. So annoying, in fact, that my regularly used tools ended up just being tossed on the shelf in the closet where I could grab them easily. Of course that eventually caused a pileup of random junk and I still couldn't find anything I needed (like an itty bitty screwdriver) so I knew I needed a easier, more organized way to access my regularly used tools.

Enter my new tool caddy!

I picked it up at Target for about $3 because I loved the color. Originally it was being used to store my everyday makeup and hair supplies, but it wasn't quite working out so I decided to re-purpose it. When I ws cleaning, purging, and organizing the hall closet I tried to think of any quick projects where I would prefer having the tools immediately on hand: hanging pictures, measuring something, etc. I gathered up all the tools and items on my list:
  1. level
  2. multi-tool
  3. hammer
  4. stud-finder
  5. flashlight
  6. staple gun and staples
  7. scissors
  8. loose nails and screws
  9. drywall anchors
  10. wrench
  11. Command strips
  12. scraper
  13. zip ties
  14. teeny screwdrivers
  15. Sharpie
  16. tape measure
  17. box cutter
Then I sorted them into the tool caddy, making sure to evenly distribute the weight.

Look, there are my itty bitty screwdrivers, right there in plain view!

When I finally decided to change the batteries in C's turtle (after it had been hibernating in the closet for around 6 months) I just grabbed my caddy and the tools I needed were right there! Plus, once I was done it was a piece of cake to just toss them back in their caddy spot and then slide the whole thing back into the closet. I'm sure the tools will change over time as I decide what's really necessary and what isn't, but I think the idea of a tool caddy is here to stay!

And look, now that the batteries have been changed the turtle lights up beautifully!

C is thrilled to have his little turtle friend back. I can hear him over the monitor constantly telling all his other bed buddies "Wook! Wook! Itsa MOOON! Wook! See? Der it is! Itsa MOON!"

I think two-year olds are adorable.


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  1. You are so cute and inspiring. I need to get organized in 2012, that is my goal. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I really like all the little cubby holes in that caddy, but I think I am in luuurve with that turtle!

  3. Your tool caddy is a great idea, AJ. I'm an organization junkie, and I love to see what solutions others come up with to keep the lives in order.
    I just stopped by from Debbie's newbie party, and am happy to follow your charming blog! Hope you can stop by for a visit!
    ~ Wendi ~

  4. Hi ladies! Thanks for the kind words, I have to say that I am loving this blogging thing, especially since it's finally encouraging me to whip my house into shape!

  5. AJ, thanks so much for posting the pic of the turtle. I checked it out on Amazon and ended up buying the ladybug version, for Christmas, for my 3 year old niece. I think she will love it!

  6. Love the tool caddy! I think your son is very adorable too!

    By the way, I am hosting a fabulous giveaway. So come by and enter for a chance to win a $65 gift certificate by Pillows By Dezign (they have so many gorgeous designer pillows!)



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