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3 Great Uses for Tool Chests That Have Nothing To Do With Tools

So I’m knee-deep in organizing week, and I’m realizing that we have more tool chests than we have tools. And we have a lot of tools. However, in keeping with pathetic stereotypes, I have not developed any actual skills to use any tool beyond a hammer, so I have little use for a tool chest. Or so I thought. And then I thought about a different way to keep all these spices that I’ve acquired.

In our old new house, we had a spice rack. In this new old house, we don’t. In fact we don’t have much storage space for anything (I’ll be all over that fact in the next post), so the numerous spices I have just don’t fit in around here. Therefore, I decided to take a tool box and pack them up.

My spices + this Husky 22 inch Cantilevered Organizer($29.97) = LOVE.

That led to three tool box projects. This story is best told in slide format.


  • 1. A Spice Box 1 of 8
    1. A Spice Box
    If a tool box and a spice bin had a baby, they would have my new spice box.
  • Harry liked the spice box 2 of 8
    Harry liked the spice box
    The spice box made him think, hey spices are possibly beverages.
  • Harry was jealous of the spice box. 3 of 8
    Harry was jealous of the spice box.
    The boy wanted his own spice box, but not for spices.
  • Related: His floor often looks like this. 4 of 8
    Related: His floor often looks like this.
    So I suggested a Lego Box.
  • Lego Box = Brilliant 5 of 8
    Lego Box = Brilliant
    He thought this was a dandy idea.
  • Lego Box = 47% less chance of stepping on a Lego piece with bare feet. 6 of 8
    Lego Box = 47% less chance of stepping on a Lego piece with bare feet.
    I thought it was the best idea ever.
  • Then, we went bigger. 7 of 8
    Then, we went bigger.
    To be honest, he went with me to Home Depot to get this organization stuff and he lost his mind over this "real man" tool bin. Because it has a key. And it can be locked. And this was basically the best thing ever as far as he was concerned.
  • This is the treasure box to beat all treasure boxes. 8 of 8
    This is the treasure box to beat all treasure boxes.
    If your treasure is where your heart is...then Harry's heart is with foreign coins, rocks and bottle caps. The kid is so excited about this repurposed "real man" tool box. Mainly because it has a key that he can use to lock up all his treasures. To protect the precious bottle caps and such. This is basically the best thing ever as far as he is concerned.

So there you have it.

Three non-tool tool-box projects. Muy organization. Total buy-in from the kid. In fact, he thinks this was all his idea…and, well, he’s basically right.

A big thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring this campaign! Click here to see more of the discussion.

Oh and P.S. What is it about boys and boxes? It’s a whole thing. One of two things. 1.) If they can make a sandwich out of any food, they will, and 2.) If they can put anything in a box…or lots of things in lots of boxes…they’re completely happy. So here’s to happiness. 

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