I recently saw a video where Adam Savage from Mythbusters shared his homemade tool storage rack. Savage is someone who needs open storage. As he said:
I tend to find that … drawers are where things go to die. Drawers are evil.
Toolboxes, drawers — you put something in there, something else gets on top of them, and you never see it again. Or in the case of drawers, it goes back to the back of the thing, and it’s just gone.
He’s far from alone — many people work best with open storage. If you’re one of them, the following are examples of tools that may work better than drawers.
Of course pegboards work nicely in the garage for tools. If there’s no wall to put one on, you can use a pegboard cart.
Pegboards can work nicely in other rooms, too. Julia Child famously had one for her pots and pans. But they can also hold craft supplies, kitchen tools, and much more.
Joseph Joseph makes magnetic measuring spoons that can be kept out on a refrigerator or other metal surface.
Magnetic clips can also be helpful. The Endo clips can hold up to a pound, allowing all sorts of things to be stored on a metal surface.
Miscellaneous wall-mounted storage tools
In the kitchen, rail systems can work nicely.
Shelves and cubbies
For some people, dresser drawers just don’t work. If hangers aren’t an option, shelves or cubbies can be used for clothes storage.
Instead of using a pencil drawer, you might choose one of the many neat desktop organizers available for holding pencils, pens, scissors, etc.
And a filing cart may work better than a filing cabinet.