Take a peek inside my Hart Stack System to see how this modular tool organizer turned my garage into a tidy place we can actually park our cars inside.
One of the big projects we have planned for 2022 (way later in the year) is updating our garage. It’s technically a two-car garage, but it’s actually the size of a three-car garage. It was built in the ’70s and the original paneling, doors, and even door opening mechanism are all still here. It’s like a blast from the past, especially when you walk from our modernized house interior to the garage. And the stains on the floor are…questionable…to say the least.
My first order of business, before I can even plan a garage remodel, is to knock out some clutter and get things organized temporarily. The biggest offender was tools, because I use them so often. We’ve done a lot of remodeling in 2021, and things got out of hand in the garage as projects grew. I didn’t want to load up the space with more shelving and pegboards since I plan on tearing it all out this year, so I found the perfect solution: the Hart Stack System.
What Is The Hart Stack System?
The Hart Stack System is a collection of various tool chests and organizers that stack on top of each other and lock into place. There are currently six different options available at Walmart in-store and online, and you can customize your configuration to suit your needs.
I got five out of six of them for myself, and doubles of one of them. The large chest is the must-have piece, because it has wheels and a telescoping handle. It’s the base of the Stack. Once you have it, you can add any other pieces you want. You can also get the basic three-piece set shown below as a bundle if you don’t want to build your own custom set.
How I Use My Hart Stack System
Since I do have other storage spaces in my garage, I choose to keep three pieces stacked together on the rolling base, and three pieces on my shelves next to my workbench. The ones on the rolling base are for more “mobile” projects, like cutting wood outside, making repairs inside, and small interior projects. I can just roll the Stack System right into the room I’m working in.
The other three pieces are all drawer units, and I like to keep those on the shelves in the garage. I mostly use the tools inside at my workbench, so it makes sense to keep them there instead of in the modular unit. I love that they have drawers so I can grab what I need without moving them. But if I need them inside for a project, I can just pop them onto the rolling unit.
The Exact Hart Stack Pieces I Have And What’s Inside
First things first, here’s the base unit. It’s an open chest with no other organizers included, and the wheels and handle are attached. I keep larger power tools inside since it’s so deep. I can roll it outside and cut things without getting sawdust all over my garage, and I don’t have to drag an armload of stuff out and risk dropping them. Tools are not grocery bags, you don’t win awards for carrying them all at once.
Next is another chest, and this one comes with a tray inside for holding smaller things. I keep my drills and impact drivers in it, and the bits live in the tray for easy access. I have two sets of drills and impact drivers, one for the house and one for the garage. Do I have them labeled and semi-freak-out if the house one gets used for a woodworking project in the garage? Maybe.
The top piece of my Hart Stack System is the divided organizer. It has removable cups inside, which make for easy cleaning and plopping them on the table while I work. I keep random small tools and supplies inside, and I frequently swap out the contents based on the project I’m doing. I’ve also been known to stash M&Ms in one of the cups. Shhhhhh…
These two-drawer units live on my shelves by the workbench and I have two of them. They hold hand tools like these screwdrivers and wrenches, along with rotary tool accessories and various specialty tools. The drawer units come with dividers you can add in and arrange however you need. I LOVE a customizable divider, and it comes with even more than you’ll need.
The last unit is the three-drawer piece, and it’s my favorite. It has three plastic trays for organizing screws, nails, and other tiny supplies. The dividers are adjustable, and the unit has a lock on the front to keep them from sliding out if you store it on the rolling Stack System. I made labels with my label maker and attached them to the front of each tray for easy access. (No more “Mooooom, where’s the nails?!”)
Shop The Entire Hart Stack System
Whether your garage needs some major storage solutions or you live in a small home with no garage at all, this Hart Stack System is super helpful for tool organization. I love that it’s customizable to suit your own personal needs, which is great for DIYers, and the wheels make it easy to move around lots of heavy tools at once. You can find the entire Hart Stack System at Walmart in-store or online, and here are the current pieces available. Or shop the product images below and use the arrows to slide through the collection.