Years ago my dad bought me a pretty comprehensive Husky socket set. The sockets remained safely stored in the box for a year or so until we moved into our current house and Dad bought me a tool chest. I had organized the sockets in each drawer by type and size, but over the years the opening and closing of the drawer left the sockets piled up and scattered. As I was repairing my daughter’s car a few weeks ago, I discovered that any remnant of the organized system I once had was gone the way of the steam shovel. I resolved to finally do something about it — I discovered the Tekton socket holder set and for the first time in six years I can actually find a socket in my socket drawer.
After pretending for years that I could find the right socket in my tool chest I was finally proven wrong a couple of weeks ago. I needed a specific 3/8 in. drive, 12 mm long shaft socket to replace the EGR Vacuum Solenoid Valve on my daughter’s 1997 Toyota Camry. No other 12 mm socket would work. After more than half an hour I eventually found it and repaired the car, but that night I ordered three sets of the Tekton socket holder on Amazon for $8.47 each. I ordered three sets because I had no idea of what exactly my requirements were.
Once the socket holders arrived, it took about an hour and a half to organize the drawer. I’m still short three 3/8 in. strips and one 1/4 in. strip, but I feel good about the drawer cleanup. Plus, the next time my daughter’s 14-year-old car needs some attention at least I’ll be able to focus on the job at hand and not waste time searching for tools.
What have you done to organize your sockets? Do you have any helpful suggestions on how to reduce drawer clutter? I look forward to hearing your thoughts!