Quick & Economical Tong Lock
Here's a quick way to improvise a lock for tongs that don't have one, using an object you probably have lying around.
Tongs that are locked closed take up less space in a drawer, but not all tongs come with their own locking mechanism. If your tongs don't lock, take a plastic ring from a screw-top bottle and use that to lock them, sliding it up the handle from the hinge. It's a cheap — even free — way to corral your tongs.