Owning a home comes with a long list of responsibilities. If something breaks, it’s up to you to fix it. Or, you could always call a professional but a lot of people choose the DIY route as it is much cheaper. In order to become the ultimate do-it-yourselfer, you first need to equip yourself with the proper tools. The cost can be expensive, so we’re going to help you build the ultimate minimalist toolkit. Just the basics should be enough to get any homeowner started, and then you can add more as needed. Buying too many tools at once might mean that you skimp on the quality. Do yourself a favor and get quality tools, that will last a long time and be cost efficient in the long run. They may be more expensive, but you will be glad you got them instead of their cheap counterparts.
Minimalist Toolkit: The Basics
First of all, when purchasing new tools it’s a good idea to look for sales. If you wait for times like Christmas or Father’s day you could save a lot of money. Also, make a designated spot for all your tools so you don’t wind up searching the entire house when you need something. The most basic minimalist toolkit will look a little something like this:
This is kind of a no-brainer. If you are nailing something together or to a wall, the hammer is your trusty friend. For good shock absorption, consider purchasing one that has a nice rubber or plastic handle. Make sure that it has a claw end, to remove nails if you need to.
There are literally thousands of uses for a good screwdriver set. Most people opt for a kit that has various sizes of both flathead and Philips head screwdrivers.
Another tool that needs to be in your minimalist toolkit is the wrench. Get yourself an adjustable one so there’s no need to buy multiple. A wrench can be used for tightening nuts and bolts, in addition to loosening the fixtures on your plumbing.
Is it a screwdriver or a wrench? Who knows. But what we do know is that it is an essential tool for any homeowner. Whether you’re building some Ikea furniture or virtually anything else, Allen wrenches come in handy. Make sure to stock various sizes, too.
A great addition to the minimalist toolkit is zip ties, which don’t get enough credit. If you have a bunch of wires strewn about, simply wrap a zip tie around them and voila! You’re now organized and trip-free.
Ah, good ol’ duct tape. The universal fix for almost any problem and a must have for your minimalist toolkit. It even comes in cool designs and colors so you can look cool without spending an arm and a leg.
There are a lot of different kinds of pliers out there, look for one that is versatile. If they have the ability to clamp, cut, or take the place off a wrench you’ve found the perfect set of pliers. Some people like needle nose pliers for smaller tasks. Buy one, or both depending on your needs.
Have you ever bought a piece of furniture without first measuring the space that you intend to put it? That doesn’t always have the best result. For that reason, and many others you should have a tape measure in your minimalist toolkit.
Hang pictures like a pro. Use a level for something as simple as putting up a picture or your TV. Or, the more hands-on type might use a level when building. Whatever the case, it’s a must have.
Lastly, get yourself a good utility knife because now that you own a home, you shouldn’t use a steak knife to open packages anymore. I know, it’s a total bummer. Just kidding. You can easily break down boxes for recycling, or sharpen your carpenter pencil.
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