Once again, we were working on the house our son and daughter-in-law are building and must have ready in two weeks for inspections. We are not skilled construction workers. We are not even semi-skilled. We are below low-skill and just above no-skill but our rates are reasonable. Free.
I looked up from a doorknob I had finished installing perfectly — perfectly backward — and saw our daughter-in-law’s father pass by wearing a fully loaded tool belt. It had three tiers to it, countless pockets, assorted clips and buckles. The man was a walking hardware store with hammers, drills, a crowbar, screwdrivers, wrenches, ropes, squares, measuring tapes and a jigsaw tucked in pockets and swinging from hooks. He could go anywhere on the site and have whatever tool he needed within seconds.
In some ways, a tool belt is like a purse, but a tool belt makes no pretense of fashion; it is completely utilitarian, existing for the sole purpose of getting the job done. The real perk of a tool belt is that you don’t set it down and walk away, leave it in the car, or at a friend’s house because it is attached to you.
A domestic tool belt could be an incredible step-saving, time-saving asset in the home.
The first tier of pockets on my domestic toolbelt would hold the ever-essential cell phone, charging cord, reading glasses, backup pair of reading glasses for when I lose my primary pair and ugly shoes with orthotic inserts for when my cute shoes hurt. You don’t want shoes near other things, so I would probably bag them and let them swing from a clip-on hook.
Note to self: Don’t speed walk like you usually do, or the swinging shoes on a hook will gain momentum and whack your backside.
The next tier would be kitchen utensils: large whisk, small whisk, spatula, wooden spoons, measuring spoons, measuring cups, hot pads, dish towels, micro grater, vegetable peeler, paring knife and kitchen scissors.
Note to self: Be careful about bending over with sharp points nestled next to your stomach.
Because cleaning causes thousands of extra steps, I would also strap on a collapsible broom, dustpan, small wet mop, furniture polish, dust mitt, window cleaner and roll of paper towels. Naturally, implements that collect dirt and dust should be kept separately, so they’ll be clipped to hooks on the back of my tool belt.
Note to self: Be wary of overstretching to reach cleaning supplies behind you.
The more I think about this, the more I like it. As long as I don’t bruise my backside with swinging shoes, bend over and puncture vital organs or dislocate my shoulder reaching for window cleaner, it’s going to be a great system.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
Hopefully, not from an urgent care clinic.
Lori Borgman is a columnist, author and speaker. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.