How to Store Your Tools in a Self Storage Unit

Before you declutter your home and tidy up your tools, there are a few pointers you need to know on how to store your tools in a self storage unit.


Whether it’s your favorite hand tool or a power tool you use seasonal, proper storage is key to keeping them in good condition for years to come. By following a few simple tips, you can learn to keep your tools organized and easy to access when you need them.

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Proper maintenance before storing your tools

You can’t just pack your tools and put them in your garage without properly cleaning them.


Removing dirt and grime from your trusty tool will prevent rust from building up. No rust and dust, no corrosion. Thus, you don’t have to buy a new tool whenever you need one.


Also, it’s just sanitary practice to clean your tools. So, the next time you use them, you don’t have to deal with oily and rusty handles. Here are easy steps to remember and follow before storing away your hand and power tools.


Cleaning hand tools

For hand tools such as a wrench, screwdriver, and hammer, among others. Start with wiping them clean with a damp towel or old cloth. Soak the fabric in a soap and water solution, then use it to wipe away accumulated dirt and oil.


If you notice rust starting to build up, you can use sandpaper or steel wool to gently scrub away the rust. For heavier rust, wash and brush your tool with vinegar and baking soda solution.

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After cleaning your tools, apply a tool-safe or metal-safe oil to protect them from rust and corrosion. Make sure to let your tools dry before storing them in your toolbox or putting them back in their respective boxes.


Cleaning power tools

Cleaning power tools require a bit more time and effort. Before cleaning your tool, make sure to disconnect them from their power source. Disassemble removable components, especially batteries if your equipment runs on batteries.


For safety purposes, make sure to read the manufacturer’s guide or instruction manual of your tool. Most manuals state specific steps on cleaning a power tool so you don’t risk damaging the equipment. However, if you don’t have a manual, you can keep it safe by cleaning your power tool with an old cloth and brush.


You can soak and wash removable parts such as blades from power saw and screw drill bits from power drills using a pitch and resin remover.


Best practices for tool storage

A lot of people struggle with organizing their tools. But there are practical and easy solutions to tidying up your tools.


First, decide what type of storage system you need. There are many options available, such as tool cabinets and tool chests. You can also use the original packaging box if you still have it. Choose one that best suits your needs and budget. Although, a toolbox is efficient for storing your tools in one place since it makes it easier to grab them when needed.

proper tool storage system

Second, figure out where you’re going to put your toolbox or cabinets and chests. Make sure there’s enough room for all your tools, and it’s accessible when you need them.


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Where is the best place to store your tools?

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to where you store your tools. Do you want them close at hand, or would you prefer them out of the way? And what kind of storage solution works best for your needs?


For some people, it’s practical to have their tools within their homes. It’s easy to grab what they need should their house need maintenance.


However, for people with tons of massive tools which they use in their everyday job, it’s ideal storing them at a storage facility. Not only will you declutter and free up some space in your home, but you can also have the liberty to choose a storage facility that is close to your work.


Can I store my tools in a garage?

When it comes to storing your tools, you might be thinking of keeping them in your garage, or maybe in an outdoor shed. But if you’re looking for the best possible option, you should consider storing them in a self storage unit.


The most convenient thing about renting a storage unit is that you can store all your tools in one place. You can create an inventory and make it easier to keep track and find your tools.


Also, you don’t have to worry about crowding your garage or risking your tools getting damaged due to temperature changes or falling off from their shelves. And unlike garages or sheds, you don’t risk your child finding these tools and playing house with them.

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Do I need a climate controlled unit?

Self storage units are sufficient for storing any items. However, if you want to make sure your tools remain functional when you need them, renting a climate controlled storage unit gives you that assurance.


There are a lot of advantages to climate controlled units other than the maintained temperature to protect them from temperature fluctuations. One of the advantages is that it provides an additional barrier from rust and molds. Storing in a controlled environment also prevents the build-up of dust which causes corrosion, especially in close spaces.


Protect your tools from rust and corrosion. Find the right climate controlled storage unit size you need.



In conclusion, keeping your tools clean and neatly organized protects them from rust, corrosion, and other damages tools are susceptible to.


Make sure your tools are properly maintained and secured before storing them in storage by following the cleaning steps and best practices to consider in finding a storage solution to prolong their shelf life.


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