Several weeks ago I came home from work late one evening and Chris began talking about storage containers. You may think this is strange, but Chris and I get really excited about efficient storage. And Chris and I have been getting some more outside handy man and design jobs and lugging a shit ton of bits cases, screw and nail cases and all the other fun neccesary tools gets very tiring. But it was late at night and I was tired so I sort of ignored him.
The next day I thought getting one of these storage containers would be a nice anniversary present. Normally Chris and I are really casual about anniversaries and sometimes don't get each other anything. But Chris surprised me with my first ever massage because my body has been really achy from training for some upcoming races, and so I wanted to repay him for his amazingness.
The next evening I came home late again from working an A's game and Chris was looking again at all the storage containers and talking very excitedly about them. I tried to tame his excitement in the nicest way possible to try and deter him from purchasing one himself, "Oh, those are so cool! Why don't we just wait till more house stuff is done?"
Chris relented. Disappointed but agreed with the "decision." Hehehehehehhe :) Then the next day I hoped on Amazon and bought his present. Our 7 year anniversary came about a week later (well, actually I gave it to him a day before because I have a history of this problem) and he was so excited and surprised. Hellllooooo Festool Systainer
Chris looked all over for a good organizing system for all his drill bits, screws, nails, etc. And though these come in pricey, they're pretty fucking awesome. Festool makes a ton of different kinds of organizing systems and power tools. And the amazingly great thing about them is that they're very interchangeable. Their organizing systems stack on top of each other and lock into place, and their vacuuming systems can lock on top of that. Or as they call them: dust extractors (even their names sound like they know what they're doing). The really cool thing about the organizers especially is that various systems have different sized drawers that allow you to mix and match them with each other. When a new edition of the organizer comes out, your older ones still can stack with the new ones. They're all about efficiency and simplicity. They're a company that really values quality.
I would also like to point out that in no way were we perked by them to write about how awesome we think their products are, we really just think they're awesome.
But anyway, back to Chris' present.
This past weekend we finally got around to organizing it all :)
We brought a bunch of our drill bits inside in all their various cases and started to sort through things
We made sure to group like things together and keep things as efficient as possible to make the most of all the great space the 6 drawers had
Each drawer is accessible from both sides of the container. They lock in place automatically when the drawer is closed and unlock just by pressing the little green part on the front of each drawer.
All the drawers were looking pretty good
At the end of the night we went through nearly all of the bits cases and only filled the Festool about 2/3rds, which made Chris excited to buy more drill bits...that man.
This shelf in the back of the garage used to be full of all different bits cases
And now they all sit in the cozy, not even close to full, Festool
Chris of course immediately started pining for another one for all the screws cases. I told him if he waited I'd get another one for his birthday (4th of July), but of course in his organizing excitement (and his new love of Festool) a new one showed up on our doorstep about 2 days later because he bought it for himself. That just made me laugh. Well, the nice thing is all the drill bits and all the screws fit in this handy case (that's two stacked together)
Here's a little sampling of the inside
That's two large cases of screws, a large "handyman" case and a dozen or so bits cases all rolled into one. Fantabulous :)
We've still gotta make the labels (in the nice little spot made just for labels)
This case is pretty much a dream.