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Storing in Drawers

Drawers come in all shapes and sizes and are suitable for storing a wide variety of things—plumbing and electrical supplies, hand tools, and even smaller items such as nuts and bolts. Drawer units can sit on the floor and smaller units can be placed on top of your workbench or shelves. They can be made of wood, metal, or plastic, and many of the smaller table-top units are transparent so you can see what is inside.

There are some key advantages to storing things in drawers. Because they are usually smaller than a shelf and easily compartmentalized, drawers can be ideal for storing like items together, such as tools (as shown in Figure 3.13), supplies, crafts, or anything that could be stored in an individual plastic storage box. Drawers provide easy access and keep stored items clean and less susceptible to infestation by insects and rodents than when items are hanging or sitting on shelves.

Figure 3.13Figure 3.13 A drawer is the perfect place to store hand tools, such as this complete set of wrenches.

Depending on the size of the drawer and the size of the items being stored in it, some stored items will need to be containerized first and others will not. If the drawers are small, you can designate and label each drawer with the type of item being stored in it. If the drawer is larger and the items you are storing in it are small, you will want to use appropriately sized and labeled plastic containers to keep the contents from becoming mixed and creating a junk drawer. It is also important to be careful not to overload the drawer, because this will make it heavy to open and the objects within it difficult to find.

Another way to separate items in a drawer is to partition it with plastic drawer dividers, similar to those one would use in a kitchen utensil drawer. Other commonly used items can assist with this task, such as cutlery and ice cube trays, cardboard boxes, and cookie tins.

Things You'll Need

  • Drawer unit (if appropriate)

  • Drawer dividers (if desired)

  • Storage containers

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