Quick DIY fixes for organising your tools

January 5, 2015

It’s the New Year a time when we are making resolutions and also a time when we start making plans to change things within the home. From simple jobs like adding a few shelves, looking storage solutions or planning to renovate a whole room. One of the main factors on how much DIY we complete comes down to cost, something that Aldi are hoping to help banishing the blues and allow you to have a great January without breaking the bank.

During January myself and Kay Adeola Blog will be taking the Aldi Challenge to see whether we can banish the January blues whilst saving money by shopping within their upcoming Aldi Specialbuys.

Whether you love or hate DIY there are some jobs around the home that require you to have a handful of tools available. Storing said tools can be an issue however, a tool box is the obvious course but have you ever tried to fit everything back into one after you have used it the first time? it’s harder than a Rubik’s cube!

Whilst some tools you might not need to hand for the everyday use, there are some that you will need especially for any emergencies that crop up in the home – like when Roo’s radiator wouldn’t heat up, with help of the trusty universal tool (the hammer) and a YouTube video I was able to fix it without having to fork out for a plumber emergency call out fee.

How do I start to organise my tools?

In order to start organising your tools you need to think about how you currently store your tools, what works for you and which tools you use on a regular basis and the different accessories that you will need to hand.

Current storage issues

HEX ALLEN KEY WRENCH SET (2)I have to confess and tell you that our household tools are currently stored in a plastic storage box in the under stairs cupboard and it does not work for us. There is no light in there for a start off so we have to store a torch on the top of the box so we can search through it to find what we need – the possibility of moving the box out into the dining room to see what I’m looking for would the be obviously solution however it just too heavy to move for just a screwdriver etc.

What tools do I use regularly?

Tools wise we always need access to screwdrivers (especially as most battery operated toys are now screwed shut so children don’t eat the batteries), a range of Allen keys as the one I find first never fits and I end up going through a whole box of tools just find the correct one.

Accessories seem to be our biggest problem, storing screws, wall plugs, picture hooks etc. I made an attempt to organise these by putting them into zip-lock freezer bags and writing on the front what size they were, however searching through the 10+ bags within the storage box is a real pain.

STORE PLUSSET (4)Quick DIY fixes for organising your tools

The best way to organise your tools is to think of them as you would your wardrobe, your children’s toys or even your work desk…

A place for everything and everything in its place

Wall mountable storage

Utilise space efficiently and organise your tools and equipment with Aldi’s sturdy Garage Shelving (the top section of the image to the left) available for £19.99. Used alongside the wall mounted Store Plus Set (the bottom section of the image to the left) available for £19.99 will clear the decks too.

The shelving is a fabulous solution to ensuring that your tools are stored correctly but also easily accessible for when you need to complete that next DIY challenge. The wall mountable system has space available for a variety of tools as well as an array of storage pots for screws, wall plugs and other bits and bobs.

Up off the floor

Brackets can be used to hang an array of accessories, fold-able workbenches are very useful whilst your doing a DIY task however storing them can a bit of a pain – why not add a couple of wall brackets and hang it up out of the way until it is needed next. Ladders, paste tables and spirit levels could also be added to brackets up on the wall out of the way. Using wall brackets helps get everything off the floor for a less cluttered garage, workshop or shed, which will help when you come to look for whichever tool you need.


Why not start the New Year with all the right gear to get your home in ship shape condition thanks to Aldi’s Workshop Specialbuys range, available in stores on 8th January.

Disclosure: We have received a selection of Aldi’s Workshop Specialbuys range FOC in order to organise our tools.

  • Jess Paterson January 6, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I love Aldi and am desperate to organise our tools / whole garage, so this couldn’t have come across my screen at a better time! Will be popping down to my local store on Thurs! Happy weekend, husband 😉

  • Sonya Cisco January 8, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I have a pink tool box with matching tools…. not because I am a girlie girl, but becuae it was £10 cheaper than the black equivelant! My OH could do with an organiser like that for all his bits and bobs of guitar and drum stuff!

  • Boo January 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

    We could actually do with something similar at work, I’ll have to show my manager as I think the Store Plus Set would be very helpful.

  • Donna January 8, 2015 at 10:57 am

    You have a tool box? You mean you don’t have it all shoved in a big bag?? Genius!

    I never knew that Aldi did work tools and that organiser is fab. May have to go and take a look!

  • otilia stocks January 8, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I am a mess when it comes to organising tools! I have them all in a cupboard 🙁

  • Penny Carr January 8, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I love Aldi and I dream of living in an organised home. Things like that wall storage unit actually really excite me and it would be perfect for some of my crafty stuff too. I may have to investigate further.

  • Carolin January 9, 2015 at 9:10 am

    My dad is the first one at Aldi when they have tools or anything like that on offer. Unfortunately, he’s not too good at organising and so his cellar looks like a bomb has hit B&Q or something. I never find anything when he sends me down there and my mum keeps wondering why a man needs 5 drills…

  • Alex March 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Great ideas Boo! I’ve my eye on that Aldi’s sturdy Garage Shelving

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