Whether your workshop exists in a shed, a garage, or even a section in the home, having a special place to store all of your tools and supplies and an environment to work on projects is a tremendous benefit to your living space.
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No matter where your workshop resides, they often can become cluttered and dis-organized. Here is a great visual we came across that provides 9 tips and tricks to organize your workshop. Take advantage of some or all of these tips to get the most out of your workshop experience.
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Via: Get Carports
9 Tips & Tricks to Organize Your Workshop
Trying to work on a project in a workshop that is a mess can be really frustrating! When things are disorganized, it makes finding anything you need a lot harder, and everything ultimately takes longer. Getting a workshop cleaned up and organized might seem a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.
Easy Ways to Get Your Workshop Organized
Getting and keeping your workshop organized will make working on projects a lot easier. It will give you more room and you will be able to find the tools and supplies that you need.
1. Start From Scratch
Take everything out of the workshop so that you have a brand new, clear space to work with.
This will allow you to reset the layout and design of your workshop to best suit your needs. You will also be able to see everything that you have, sort through all of it, and better determine where you should put it going forward.
2. Separate What You Use Most
You should separate the tools and supplies you use the most so you can put them in easy to reach places.
Tools used less often can go to the back and bottom, where they are kept out of the way. Also, separate the tools you do not use at all.
There is no point in keeping things you don’t use; they are better off being sold, donated, or recycled.
3. Create Shelving
You can easily buy or build shelving for your workshop.
Building custom shelving from wooden boards is not a difficult or expensive project, but it is by far not the only option available. Shelving should be wide enough and strong enough to meet your particular needs, and in general, most workshops will have several different types of shelving to meet different needs.
4. How To Create Open Shelving
A great way to create open shelving is to use storage cubes.
You can stack them on the floor, or they can be mounted to walls. The great thing about this idea is that storage cubes come in may different sizes, allowing you to use them to get a great customized shelving system built specifically to suit your needs.
5. Create Shelving on a Budget
The secret to creating ample shelving on a budget is to use what you have and get creative. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
If you are on a tight budget, you can use milk crates in the same way a storage cubes, and handles will even make them portable if you want to just take the whole shelf with you.
6. Try Using Gutters
Workshops don’t just house tools – there are always caulking tubes, cans of spray paint, and lots of other small tools and supplies.
To give these items home, try mounting sections of gutters. They provide a great way to create small stable shelving that will keep little things neat and out of the way, but still within easy reach.
7. Using Pegboard in Your Workshop
Pegboard is an excellent addition to a workshop because like shelving, it helps keep things organized and out of the way.
It is also cheap and easy to install. Pegboard takes a lot less room than a full shelving unit but still gives you a place to store your tools. It’s also nice because you can clearly see what you have when it’s hung in this fashion.
8. How To Organize Cords
All workshops have an overabundance of cords. They usually end up tangled up, and no one knows which one goes to what anymore.
An easy way to solve this problem is to place your cords inside an old toilet paper or paper towel tube. The tubes are easy to label, which will help end all of your cord chaos forever.
9. Organizing Little Stuff
To manage the littlest things in your workshop, you can use copper of PVC tubing.
This works great for mini tools and objects like paint brushes and pens. It holds everything together in an easy to see and easy to reach way. Just like with shelving, thinking outside the box will give you some quick and easy storage methods working only with supplies you already have.
A Workshop Made For You
If you spend any amount of time working on crafting or building projects, home repairs, or other types of work that involves tools, equipment, or supplies, you understand the need for having your very own workshop. It gives you a place of your own, not only to store things, but to work on your projects. Having this kind of dedicated place will allow you to focus on what you are doing and have much more successful results.