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No Toolbox? Here are 10 Alternatives That Really Work

You want to keep your tools organized, but with various jobs and tools for every task, keeping things in order can be difficult. If you don't have a traditional toolbox, here are 10 alternatives for organizing your tools—both in the workshop and on the job.

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Bucket

Bucket Boss

The Bucket Boss is a durable organizer that helps keep tools organized when a toolbox isn’t available. Highly durable and easy-to-use, it has 30 pockets and loops for tools such as hammers, drills and pry bars. It fits over most 5-gallon buckets.

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tool

Magnetic Tool Holder

Use magnets to keep heavy tools in place. This pack of four magnetic strips help keep items such as hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and pliers where they belong in the workshop.

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Cart

Storage Tech Cart

Perfect for the workshop or garage, this storage tech cart from Harbor Freight has plenty of space to store tools for every job. It features lockable drawers and offers 4,847 cubic inches of storage. Buy it here.

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Pegboard

Pegboard Organizer

When you want to keep tools within easy reach, a pegboard organizer is a great alternative to the toolbox. Perfect for the workshop, garage or basement, this heavy-duty wall organizer is easy to install and includes the mounting hardware.

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Rolling

Rolling Organizer

Show up at the job site organized and ready to get to work with this portable rolling toolbox. It has compartmentalized bins and a locking system for security.

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Roll

Pocket Tool Roll

When you need to carry just a few tools, this 14-pocket tool roll from Harbor Freight will come in handy. Instead of hauling around that big toolbox, just take what you need to get the job done.

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Cabinet

Ultimate Rolling Cabinet

For workshops that need some serious organization, Northern Tool offers this rolling tool cabinet. With 21 drawers and a capacity for holding 1,200 pounds, it has a spot for all your tools. Buy it here.

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Box

Mini Multi-Level Storage Box

Better than your traditional toolbox, this utility box has storage drawers that are ideal for storing nuts and bolts, nails, washers and screws. The top bin has room for small hand tools and a locking clip.

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Holder

Phone and Tool Holder

This phone and tool holder from Harbor Freight is just the right size for a cell phone and small tools like pliers, a mini flashlight and a screwdriver. It attaches right to your belt so everything is within easy reach right when you need it.

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Pouch

Carpenter’s Pouch

This carpenter’s pouch from Milwaukee Tool has 17 pockets to organize tools and easily transport them from job to job. It has a 3-inch-wide belt slot and an easy-to-carry handle.

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Rachel Brougham
Writer and editor with a background in news writing, editorial and column writing and content marketing.