The Basics: 10 Must Have Essentials for a Small Space Toolkit

When it comes time to move, a good toolkit is a must have. Whether you're taking measurements, hanging artwork, or assembling furniture, there are a few items you'll want to have on hand.

After I graduated college my dad put together a basic toolbox for me, which at the time I didn't think I'd have much use for. Little did I know how useful it would become as I bounced around from one apartment to the next. I've found that one of the most convenient aspects of a toolbox is having everything in one location, so that come time to take on a project I know exactly where to find (or at least look for) what I need. While there are many ways to beef up your toolbox, these 10 items are a great place to start:

• Tape Measure
• Hammer
• Screwdriver
• Level
• Box Cutter
• Stud Finder
• Pliers
• Cutting Pliers
• Saw
• Flashlight

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Renting in the city, where space is limited, makes a compact and useful toolkit quite advantageous. One of the more highly used items I've added is an assortment of nails, screws, hooks and small accessories. Often these pieces are left over from purchasing in bulk and not needed again for some time. Throw the extras in your toolbox, so you're not repurchasing every time you move or need to hang something on the wall.

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(Images: Lindsay Tella)