Updated: Apr 14, 2020

A garage in and of itself can sometimes be a daunting task to tackle. Today we will be brave and start that job of downsizing the tools. If you’re like me, you have an array of tools you have collected over the years. Some of these tools may be hard to part with. Here is where you must separate the practical from the sentimental.

On a side note, it would be a good idea to devise a system to clean your smaller tools before packing them.

Let’s make it simple by first starting a household tool kit. This is like the doctor’s bag for household tasks and general maintenance. This tool kit is a must for any home, whether you plan to do any of your own maintenance or repairs or not. At least it will be there for when a relative or friend comes by to help you. Your tool kit can be kept in a drawer, or else a plastic box or even a small corrugated box and stored on a closet shelf or under your bed in your new location.


  • Tape Measure (A Stanley 25’ one is good)

  • Hammer – medium weight

  • 2 Screwdrivers: Flathead & Phillip’s head

  • 3 Pliers - needle nose, grooved pliers & wire cutters

  • Various screws & nails – sometimes sold in packages of assorted

  • Pencils

  • Utility blades & holder

  • Tape: Masking or blue painter’s tape

  • Straightedge: preferably metal

  • Packing tape

  • Glues

  • Wrench (adjustable)

  • Level (small)

  • Flashlight/batteries

  • Safety glasses

  • Small drill


As you begin to inventory your tools, use the above list to assist you in the assembly of your household tool kit.

The next thing in order when downsizing is to separate any duplicates. Place the discarded tools in a dedicated box. Then take the reserved box of tools and organize them into various sets or categories. This way you can easily determine which of the tools you wish to keep. Of course, your best tools should be placed in the household tool box.

The extra tools and larger tools [see below] can be either sold or donated. Or if you have a hard time parting with them, they can be cleaned and stored [at an extra cost to you] until you have a need for them.


However, if you are relocating to a smaller place, you will most likely have a maintenance provision in your lease. Thus, you will no longer need the larger items to complete those tasks. Also, at your new location, you will not have a place to work on a car, so you most likely would only need a handful of tools for this purpose, if any.

To this end, I have listed below the contents of a Roadside Emergency Tool Kit. Use this roadside emergency tool kit list to fill your plastic or metal car tool box. Store the tool box in your vehicle. You may find that many of these items are among the tools in your garage.


  • First Aid Kit

  • Flares/reflectors

  • Jumper cables

  • Motor Oil (1 qt)

  • Coolant (1 qt)

  • Flashlight/batteries

  • Small tool kit (pliers, screwdrivers, wrench)

  • Pocket knife

  • Utility blanket

  • Water (gal)

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.

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