Good tools are quite expensive, but if taken care of, they’ll last years and pay for themselves over and over. Keeping your tools properly stored is half the battle, the other half is keeping them clean and maintained.

Even though we are mostly talking about hand tools, power tools, and garden tools apply to the same routine.

Find a place for your tools. The ideal place would be a toolbox with proper labeling like “Magnetic Toolbox Labels” for quick and easy identification. Pegboards can also be a good solution for tool identification. Even if you don’t have a garage, you can turn a broom closet into a great area to store your tools. everything can be orderly and easy to access.

Tools can literally last hundreds of years if taken care of. One of the biggest enemies to tools is rust. Rust can damage sockets, wrenches, power tools and screwdrivers. Avoid rust by keeping your tools in a dry area. Some basements and garages can have humidity issues, especially if they are not heated or air-conditioned. If you keep your tools in a location like this, especially if you keep them out on shelves or pegboards, consider investing in a dehumidifier to keep the dampness down.

They’re not terribly expensive, especially compared to your investment in your tools, and most let you set a humidity level so the dehumidifier turns on only when it needs to. Hang your garden tools. Even if you keep your garden tools inside the garage or your shed, hang them so that they don’t rest on the floor. Moisture can easily creep up from concrete floors. Store power tools in their original cases. Unless you have a climate-controlled workshop, your best bet for storing power tools in the hard plastic cases they usually come with. Not only are they better-protected from humidity, they’re just better-protected in general.

Be sure to clean your tools after every use. If you keep them organized, you will notice your productivity increase dramatically. Use chrome foil socket labels to make all your sockets “easy read”.