Simplifying By Using Flexible Tools

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I believe that you should use the right tools for the job, but at the same time, I think the tools should be as flexible as possible. It’s not that I am trying to use a screwdriver to pound in a nail; it’s just that some of my tools are made with interchangeable parts that make their use — and their storage — much simpler.

Here are three areas that I use interchangeable and flexible tools:

Knitting Needles

Anyone who knits knows that not only do you have to take the circumference of the needle into account, you have to have longer shafts (“sticks”) for larger projects, and the needle material itself needs to be appropriate to what you are knitting. Then there are the double-pointed for circular, and long circular needles for other projects.

I got rid of all my regular knitting needles and replaced them with a set of interchangeable metal needles. You choose the size of the circumference and screw on the length of needle you need – you can put one on each tip, or connect both tips to the ends of the flexible part. The needles are nickel and hold up to even the smoothest of fibers.

What does this get me? I have one set of needles now, and I was able to get rid of nearly 3 dozen sets of standard needles. All my needles are with me all the time, so I can change out parts as I need to. Bonus: I know I have all the sizes, so I never have to buy another set “in case” I don’t have the right size for a project.

Skil Tools

My husband has started to do home repairs for a living, and that means that there are lots of tools. He needs various saws, drills, and other things I can’t even put a name to. I lost my temper one afternoon when I tried to extract my gardening gloves and I had to move tons of tools. They were all in various states of disrepair, all having different batteries or cords.

He came home with a new set of tools soon after. This Skil set has four tools that share the battery power. They are lightweight and powerful, I have been told. More importantly to me, I can get to stuff in the garage again.

Interchangeable Screwdriver

When I first went off on my own, my stepfather built me a tool kit. It contained a light-weight hammer, pliers, plumber’s tape and a screwdriver. This screwdriver, though, had four interchangeable bits (two Phillips, two standard). This allowed my tool kit to have one driver instead of four, and the toolbox itself could be smaller.

I still have that screwdriver, and I use it whenever I need one. I don’t have to worry about finding the “right” screwdriver because I know it can work on anything I need to tighten or loosen.

I like flexible tools because it saves space, and I know that I will always have the right tool at hand. Do you use flexible tools? Which ones? Share below.

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