Bucket Jockey® where have you been all my life!?
In all my years of gardening, I’ve simply “made do” with my tool storage. For the past several years I’ve used a small plastic caddy intended for cleaning supplies. Not bad for a two dollar investment.
So I can’t tell you how excited I am with my upgrade: an all-in-one tool storage caddy from Husky® and Home Depot. I’m not sure why I assumed this would be a costly investment. I grew up in an all-female household, so I never really learned my way around a hardware store. For just ten dollars I was able to create this system, below.
For starters, I wanted to personalize my new tool organizer. I have nothing against Husky who made this fabulous system, but you must admit they have a grouchy-looking logo. Since I’m organized at heart, I used a jewelry finding full of hearts. I blacked out the logo with a permanent marker, then attached the hearts with a safety-pin. Now I can change out the bucket jewelry when the mood strikes.
I used the inner pockets to store my freshly cleaned and sharpened hand tools, including spades, pruners, saws and weeders. My garden fork hangs from an outer pocket, originally intended for a drill. I cut an unused garden glove to cover the prongs so I don’t scrape my leg on the rough edges as I carry it from place to place.
The Bucket Jockey includes a strap attached to the exterior. I don’t know its intended use, but I’ve re-purposed it for twine. One of the tricks I learned on a garden tour was to cut several lengths of twine ahead of time so you have them at the ready when you need them. I threaded several pre-cut lengths of twine through a couple of binder rings. They’re attached near the ball of twine.
What a joy to have all the tools sharpened, cleaned and stored in one easy to access, portable system.
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Very Clever Alys. I really need to do this when I get my Garden gear out of storage. I’ve pinned it so I won’t forget. I really like that twine idea too. I was alway staking the Delphiniums and Poppies. I also thought your glove covering the rake was handy too, I would have never thought of that. Everythings so tidy, ready for your next garden job. What do you have growing along the fence there? It looks so nice and green.
Great idea for when I get my future garden. I’ve looked at them and thought about it but you have a way of making sense of it. Thanks.
Thank you. I used my tools today, and found it so convenient to use.
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