Around my computer, I’m a neat freak. Alas, the same could not be said for me and my handyman tools. For the past several years, you see, they took residence in an old plastic picnic basket. I purchased a dedicated tool box last year, which gave me more room in the basket, but the fact is – it was still a jumbled mess. In fact, this is what it looked like (more or less) up until this evening. (Imagine more bags, old furniture instructions and the like piled on top.)

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I wanted a dedicated box to place all the screws, nuts, bolts, picture hangers, and other odds and ends I’ve collected over the years. But beyond that, I wanted an organizer that could sit upright or flat without all the little bits moving from bin to bin. After all, that is the point of organizing, right?

There’s a solution to every problem, and so with credit card in hand, I spent a few hours researching organizers on Amazon. For about $15 or so, I found the Stanley Professional Organizer, model 014725. The reviews were good and the price was right, and – even though I’m not a “professional” as billed on the box – the name sounded important – so I ordered one.

The Professional Organizer arrived this evening. It’s made of a very rugged plastic, with a see-through case and sports 25 storage bins. The bins are removable and can be repositioned within the box. The clasps to hold the lid are strong and lock in place. And best of all, it’s specifically designed to be positioned upright or flat against a surface – with no over-spillage of the contents within.

The handles are easy to grip and wide, making it comfortable to hold.

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Here it is after transferring all the odds and ends to the new organizer. Finally – I can see at a glance what I have and can easily find what I’m looking for.

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All in all, the Stanley Personal Organizer is a solid product. It’s great for organizing small parts, nuts, bolts, nails, or any odds and ends. For $15, I feel like I got my money’s worth and then some. But don’t tell my picnic basket…

-Krishna