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1. Install Pegboard
Pegboard is a great way to get your workshop in top shape. In fact, if you can’t afford to do much to your work space, than the best thing to do is invest in some pegboard. With a just a few screws, you can have organization in a snap! Just add some hooks, baskets, and jars, and you’ll be organized in no time.
2. Little Accessories Go A Long Way
Speaking of hooks, baskets, and jars… small accessories make a big impact when it comes to organizing. I seriously swear by the multi-piece pegboard kit organizer I have in my shop. Mine came with fifty (or so) hooks, two plastic jars, and some containers. I also spent a few extra bucks on some pegboard-specific wire baskets for hanging small items such as sandpaper disks, wood stains, and tape measures as well.
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3. Storage Benches Are Your Best Friends
If you’re thinking of investing in a workbench, definitely spend the extra money on something that includes drawers or shelf space. This will help keep knick-knacks such as small tools, hardware, and random junk out of sight. I purchased my Kobalt Workbench at Lowe’s a few years back and it’s still standing and keeping my objects where they belong.
4. Section It Off
When organizing your workbench and/or wall space, make sure there’s a method to your madness. Organize tools and material by purpose. For instance, in my workshop, my workbench is organized by placing acrylic/chalk/milk paints & brushes on one side of my bench, and stains and wood finishes on the other. I also have a separate shelf area of home improvement needs such as plaster, caulking, and latex paint. You can also organize by type of tool or fastener. Do what works for you… the possibilities are endless!
5. Keep It Clean
Vacuums, brooms, and blow guns (oh my!) are your number one friend. No shop can be successfully organized without being clean! Use this lethal combination to clean off the dust and debris that may be hiding behind your favorite machine. When I’m finished in my shop I use the broom to grab what the vacuum missed and often use my blow gun to dust off the equipment.
6. Light & Bright
Okay… we can all say “duh” to this one, but you can’t have a successful workspace without lighting. If you don’t have a window in your workspace, or often work at night, make sure you add ample amounts of lighting to your shop. This can be done through the use of hanging lights, or even work lights. Either way, please don’t work in the dark… your shop and your projects would look way better with some lighting.
7. Feels Like Home
Make your space feel like home! A shop shouldn’t just be an extra space in your home for tool storage, it should be inspiring! Add your own artwork or handywork to the space and allow it to feel like it’s yours!
8. Create A Space For Project Lists
When organizing my workshop, I made sure to include an area for a chalkboard to-do list. This helps me to keep my projects in order and also reminds me that slacking off is not on my list of things to do! I love having a place in my shop for my list of projects; it never gets lost and it helps keep me on my toes.
9. Change Is Constant
Nothing is permanent! Play around with the placement of items in your shop until something clicks. I’m constantly rearranging my space as I continue to work and grow. Never marry your initial design – trust me, you’ll grow out of the first organized crush you make.
So what do you think? Will you be using any of these organization tips in the coming year? Feel free to let me know your thoughts – and also, please share your own organization tips with me! I love learning about new ways to organize my workspace!
Until next time, Happy New Year and…