Husband's tools taking over house

by Gail
We have a shed which houses outdoor tools. However in the house we have mostly carpenter tools. In his bedroom he has a huge tool box and cardboard box overflowing with tools. We have a bedroom for my grandson for his very often visits. The closet converted to storage shelves which houses a tool box and boxes of more tools provides about 1/3 of an area for some of my art supplies.
We HAD an adorable sitting room with antique furniture and a desk for my husband. His battery chargers were laying around on the floor so I asked him to put doors on a bookcase with a hole to run cords to charge his batteries. Now I can't go in and enjoy my little Haven because it's getting to be a catch-all. I'm at a loss can anyone help?
  18 answers
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 11, 2016
    Sounds like hubby needs a dedicated shed or workshop! My suggestion would be to pare down the outdoor tools and make room for the hand tools, etc in that shed. Duplicate tools can be a big issue because "you never know when you'll need that" but I'm guessing visits from the grandchild and overall harmony in your home should take priority over a table saw or battery chargers
  • Gail Gail on May 11, 2016
    It's not that easy. Let's see..There are still ladders, lawn mower, wheel barrow, paint, wood and junk. I like the idea of a dedicated workshop but the cost of something like that isn't feasible. Did I say he hates projects? True. But he needs that table saw just in case he has to cut a board. I guess I'm trying to find a way to organize it within the house. Thank you.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 11, 2016
    I'm sorry I wasn't any help. Any chance you can add on to his shed? Basement options at all?
  • NancyMaria NancyMaria on May 11, 2016
    Could you buy a convertible seat/couch for a bed in the sitting room for your grandson and redo the bedroom into hubby's catch-all work room with floor to ceiling shelving, his desk, and everything else involved. The best would be to convert window to door if possible. I do stained glass and sew, etc and my hubby ordered no carpet in our 3rd bedroom just for me. and I have built-in and garage style shelving through out and can close the door on the mess from prying eyes. I have also found extra storage up in the tall area of the closet and have invested in clear storage boxes to find things when needed. Hope this helps, tools are better stored inside or rent to own a dedicated shed, we had to for the motorcycles about 190 a month.
  • Haveone Haveone on May 12, 2016
    Tell Him to get rid of them!!!!
  • Big Mike69 Big Mike69 on May 12, 2016
    He needs to learn to organize and put things away. Maybe a couple of dressers or buffet converted for storing his tools and that would still look respectable? Even a attic if one is available. Drawers under the bed and even raise the bed a couple inches for higher drawers.
    • Gail Gail on May 13, 2016
      Thank You Big Mike69 Hahaha. He goes to the gym 3x'so a week but has the space under his bed packed with weights. We have been discussing that, though. Good idea. I'm going to push for that. Sadly no attic either. We get gypped (sp) on bonus areas here. Our attics are literally 3'x3' holes in the ceiling usually in a bedroom and garage.
  • Sas5908127 Sas5908127 on May 12, 2016
    There are a lot of ideas on how to build storage for power tools on pinterest.
  • Gail Gail on May 12, 2016
    No on the shed and no basement. I live in Florida. But I have been thinking where I can get it in one area. We used our garage and dining room to build an apartment for my daughter and her severely autistic son. So, much less room since a bedroom had to become a dining room and another bedroom/hangout room for my (15 year old ) grandson , which also has the mostly tool closet, when he's often here. Thank you though.
  • Karen Karen on May 12, 2016
    I fear you may be doomed. Grizzly (husband-since 1968) has a garage, tool shed, and a bench in the house filled with tools. I made a TV cabinet out of a dresser with 4 drawers. I keep tools I find there. Not a total answer but it helps. I also have one cabinet in the kitchen with a drill, and circular saw in it. And I am an enabler-I just bought him another drill so I am at fault too. I call it love.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 10, 2023

    You say he hates projects, so what does he do with the tools? Maybe he should display them or sell them??

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 10, 2023

    My thought would be rent a storage unit for all the out of season tools and put the current tools being used in the opened up space. In other words, put the lawn mower, weed wacker, motor it and keep the handy tools handy.

    You have already converted living areas of your house to his "hobby", how much more room are you going to give up before you live in a garage?

    I don't mean to be critical or unkind, just trying to find a way for you to have a house and home for that purpose. it seems like a tug of war and you are forfeiting the living area for his hobbies and he is not being inconvenienced in the least.

    He is probably resistant to any change.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 10, 2023

    You need an extra garage. I know that is impossible. But maybe you can extend your garage or get an outdoor building and put in ceiling to floor shelves.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 20, 2023

    Just make it a rule that all tools except those in a small tool box are to be kept outside. Do you have a garage? Why not clean out and organize your shed and put them in that?

  • Annie Annie on Dec 22, 2023

    This Pinterest board has some good ideas for tool storage:

  • Annie Annie on Dec 22, 2023

    This video may help as well!

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 03, 2024

    Hi Gail: Well, time to put your foot down and tell him that he has a certain area that's his and that's all! Tell him that you are at your wits end and he isn't sharing the area and he needs to get rid of some of his tools or rent a storage space or something or else! Be nice, and maybe sneak a tool or two out to the outside storage every now and again. Perhaps a nice tool chest would be a nice gift. He can have whatever fits into the chest and nothing else. Do you have a garage or basement he can go work in? I do understand his love for tools, I have more than most men :) But, they're organized! Mostly.

  • Sounds like first you'll need to have a conversation without distractions at a nice, calm time explaining how you feel. If you're willing, you can offer to help with organization and decluttering. You can suggest he contains everything to one area but this sounds like it's going to be a team effort in working together on resolving the issue.