It’s been a while since I had a Breaking up with Stuff post, so let’s jump back into one. Today I want to talk about a manly topic – TOOLS. Arh, Arh, Arh… Tim the Toolman Taylor would have been proud of tools I had. I had tool bags, tool chests, and shelves full of tools. I had hand tools and power tools. I had tools in my garage and tools in the back of my Jeep.
Some tools were for home maintenance. I had a drill, a circular saw, a dremel tool, hammers, and screwdrivers. Many of my tools were for automotive maintenance. I did most of my own auto maintenance until I started making enough money to pay someone else to do it. Even then I still did some of my own maintenance and upgrades on my Jeep. I had full sets of wrenches and sockets, I had an assortment of different sized screwdrivers, and I had a variety of other tools for various tasks.
I never really evaluated my tool situation until we were getting ready to sell our house. Preparing to move from a house to an apartment force me into going through my tools and deciding which tools I really needed.
I wrote a post about the process when I finally tackled the garage clean out.
I decided that I just had too many tools. I had a lot of duplicates that I accumulated over the years. I went through all my tools and weeded the duplicates. I also got rid of ones that I never used.
I focused on keeping the high quality tools, but only kept them if I really needed them. Since we were selling the house and choosing to rent instead, we were able to get rid of most of our house related tools. That included most of the power tools.
I know some of you live in houses, so I acknowledge the need for a few power tools for the handy person around the house.
The question is what tools do you really need, and what can you get rid of?
I decided to break up with all my duplicates and the lower quality tools. The physical process of doing this is pretty easy thing to do and doesn’t really take long. The emotional process of breaking up with your beloved tools is the hard part. I can’t speak for the women here, but I can tell you that men get very attached to their tools. Tools are an extension of our manhood. They represent our ability to make things and fix things. Arh, Arh, Arh.
I had to tell myself that I didn’t need these tools anymore and they were bringing anything useful into my life. I had to break up with them.
Once I broke the emotional attachment, I handled the physical process by laying all the tools on my garage floor, placing like tools together. This allowed me to easily see the duplicates and identify the junky tools.
I ended up with a couple tools bags full of the higher quality tools that I needed for Jeep maintenance and minor repairs or tasks around our home.
The rest I broke up with and gifted to the A/C guy that repaired our A/C unit.
How does your tool collection look? I bet even if your tool collection is small that you have a few duplicates or some that are unused. Can you break up with some of your tools? Take a look at the tools in your home and let me know if you find any to break up with.