August 2021 Use It Up Challenge – Tools

Gather your saws, hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches! It’s time for the August 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on tools. Whether you own your home or rent, having a basic number of tools in your home is important. However, much like everything else, tools can take up space and eventually lead to clutter. That’s where the Use It Up Challenge comes in. Let’s take advantage of the nice summer weather and get some DIY projects done or perhaps tackling that home improvement project you have been putting off. Grab your tools and get busy.

The previous categories this year covered were kitchen items, pet supplies, technology, seeds, movies, outdoor decor, and tools.

July 2021 Use It Up Challenge – Hardware

What is the Use It Up Challenge?

This is a monthly decluttering challenge that focuses on using the items instead of simply getting rid of them. This helps to reduce waste and also gets your money worth out of those items. Each month, a new category is chosen and we will focus on that category all month long. However, you don’t have to stop once that month ends. Keep decluttering and using up those items all year long. It will have a huge impact on your home and life at the end of the year.

If you are joining in, be sure to share your progress on social media using #IHUseItUp. I’d love to see how everyone is getting along with the challenge.

Where to start

The first step is to find all of your tools. They may all live in a toolbox, or if you own a lot of tools, they may be stored in a garage or shed. Some tools may be too large to move. However, do your best to put all of your tools in a single area.

Look for any tools that are in a state of disrepair. These can be bent, broken, or rusty components. Any tools that can be repaired, should be placed off to the side and repaired as soon as possible. Some may be too old or broken to salvage. Those should be disposed of.

You may find tools that you no longer need. Feel free to set these in a separate pile and sell or donate them later. There are often people looking for cheaper used tools, so you can make a few bucks getting rid of the ones you no longer use.

How to use it up

Now that you have your tools sorted, it’s time to start using them.

Find a list of projects you have been meaning to work on or home improvement projects that need to be done, grab the necessary tools, and get busy. If you don’t have a particular tool you need, don’t run to the store. Instead, check with friends, family, or neighbors. They may have what you need and will be willing to lend it to you. Remember, the purpose of this challenge is to use what e have, not buy more.

Make sure you keep your tools clean and organized during and after work. Keeping your tools this way means that they will be easy to find the next time you need them.

Projects to try

If you are looking for some different projects to build this month, consider building a potting bench or a veggie wash station. Both of these projects can be tackled by beginners and experts alike and will help to use up those screws you have laying around.

What I’ll be using up

We already have a fairly minimal amount of tools in our house. However, most of those tools are used regularly for repairs to small building projects. While we do have a few other specialty tools, like a siding puller, we plan to keep that in case we ever need to do work with our siding. So, while I don’t plan to get rid of any tools this month, I know that the ones we have are useful and aren’t taking up excess space.

However, there are a couple of DIY projects I am hoping to do this month that will use a number of tools.

Will you be joining the July 2021 Use It Up Challenge? In what ways will you be using up your tools?


  1. My husband needs to read this. I swear he has 3 of every tool he owns!

    1. Author

      While having duplicates of tools can be handy at times, it’s not necessary with all of them. Hope this helps him do some decluttering with his tools.

  2. I really like the idea of a monthly decluttering that focuses on specific areas/themes. This will really help me actually sort and donate things in a more organized way (which is way more motivating than just knowing I have to do it). Thanks for this!

    1. Author

      Thank you. I feel like this is a great way to declutter without getting too overwhelmed by the process. As someone who has done massive decluttering sprees in the past, I was surprised by how much stuff we still had that we weren’t using, so this challenge was created to help tackle the clutter even more.

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