I think every woman should have her own tool box. The container she goes to when she needs to fix something or just put up a framed picture. This is my new case. The tools are mine and really I don't share. ("You have your own tools, leave mine alone," is often heard within our walls.)
The following are what I have found to be essential--I opted for the smaller versions because 1) they're easier to use and 2) they're easier to store. I started with my own screwdriver with multiple bits, a hammer and saw, and a measuring tape. As I thought of more things to have handy, I added a pencil, super glue, chair pads, hangers, box cutters, and other miscellaneous items that have been needed for various projects. I store it in a kitchen cupboard to keep it close at hand.
Not only do I like the smaller tools but as I've learned to be more independent I have learned to love and use larger tools as well. The most important thing I've found is to remember not to be afraid of a tool, but to learn to respect it. Now I look on it as a great adventure. We recently put paneling up in our basement and I learned to use a belt sander, cut off saw and a nailer. When we finished I was filled with a satisfying sense of accomplishment.
One of my most recent purchases was an electric stapler which I used to refurbish my dining room chairs. They were black for about 20 years. Now they are freshened up with bright new colors. I think they really turned out great. The new stapler was so easy to use it made a daunting project seem like fun.
I just finished redecorating my extra bedroom, and now I can add to my resume the use of a power drill, cordless screwdriver and stud finder ("Don't tell me what I can't do!"). I'll show you the result in a future blog.
I'm not sure what's next on my list but whatever I come up with, I hope I get a new tool!!