8 Effective Tips for Keeping your Workshop Organized

  • October 10, 2018

organizing your workshop

One of the most important prerequisites for a handyman is to have a well-organized workshop. Because an organized workshop ensures that you complete your tasks in a timely and perfect manner.

So, in order to avoid a cluttered mess that hampers your productivity, it’s essential to keep your tools in an ordered and systematic manner. But it’s not a task to organize your workplace, putting everything neatly tucked away in the proper place.

Follow these simple ideas below to maintain a clutter-free efficient workshop.

1. Start Off By Building Higher

It would be great if you can install pallet racks if you have the room for it. They are great to store your tools stacked on top of each other. You must ensure that you can access the top levels easily.

This might be a bit of a challenge as smaller workshops don’t have the luxury of space for forklifts. You can use pull out shelves to use as ladders in this case. The lower shelves can be pulled out like steps to reach the shelves above.

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2. Store Items Deeper

Now that you have used up space from floor to ceiling, it’s time to start using the space deeper inside. Now the trick is to reach the shelves that are stacked on the back.

A useful way to solve this is to mount your forward shelves on floor tracks. This allows you to pull the shelves forward when you need to access the shelves at the back.

You can use pull out shelves that have shallow bins placed back to back in a denser format. This allows for more items to be stacked horizontally on the shelf. You can store your tools in old filing cabinets that have very deep storage.

Vertical side storage drawers can be pulled out and extended to store more tools.

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3. Store Shelves and Drawers under Work Surfaces

Rolling tool cabinets are perfect for storage and they look perfect in any shop. The best part is that you can easily slap a workplace on top of these tool cabinets. The rolling cabinets need to be waist high to ease your work.

You can take two rolling cabinets of the same size together and bolt the work surface on top to create a rolling cart.

These rolling cabinets are extremely handy and can be rolled around conveniently. You can even store items behind a work surface or cabinet. Often these spaces go unutilized as we don’t pay attention to the spaces underneath or behind the workspaces.

You can store wooden planks, fold up chairs or mats in those storages.

shelves and drawers under work surfaces

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4. Use the Gaps and Ends

There are a lot of marginal spaces around your workshop that are not large enough to fit tool cabinets or shelves. You are more likely to face this issue at Basements and garage stores.

They can still be used if you hang storage compartments with the rafters. The attic is amazing for storing the items you don’t need too often, as long as you can move those items easily back and forth and get them on top.

The sides of the cabinets can be excellent storage surfaces. You can use this space between the sides of the cabinets and the door jamb to install a spray can rack to store your cans.

spray can rack

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5. Store your Small Parts in Special Purpose Cabinets

Small parts are the essential components that no project can do without. Machinery too requires small parts to function. It’s hard to keep track of these parts and it’s going to be a virtual hell if any of them go missing.

The best idea is to store them in multi-compartment plastic boxes. Be sure to not mix the ingredients of the box. This way you will know which box to look into when you require a specific part.

You can take a carousel and install a bench top parts cabinet on it. You can store the plastic boxes on this cabinet stacked together. This way you will be able to organize a lot of small parts together and look for them easily.

You can install drawer pulls on the cabinets to store the boxes vertically, making it easier to bring out a particular box.

special purpose cabinet

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6. Use Vertical Drawers

The best way to store your cordless tools is to stack them vertically on a wall mounted vertical deep drawer. This maximizes storage efficiency as multiple tools can be stacked vertically on the wall.

Just install a charging station that’s plugged in at the back with a cord. Tools with wheels can be stored on the wall hangers by the help of angle grinders.

vertical drawer

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7. Throw Away the Unwanted Stuff

Your shop space is valuable; the trick is to get quotes on shop space per square foot per year. Now go through your items and decide whether they are more valuable than the price of storing them for more than a year.

If you end up deciding that you won’t need them for over a year, just get rid of them. It will be more cost-effective to buy them again.

So, just scavenge through your pile of goods and get rid of extra parts you may have lying around. Make a list of the items that are essential, and then find out how many extras you have of the same tool or component. Keep the ones you need and toss out the rest.

At the end of the process, you will be surprised at the stack of useful items you have and how much space you will have freed up by discarding the unrequired tools and items.

unwanted stuff

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8. Label the Goods

After days and weeks of painstaking organization, you finally have a neatly organized workshop that you can be proud of. You now know that all your parts and tools are carefully stacked away behind the myriad of boxes, carts, drawers, and stacks.

The challenge now is to quickly find what you need instantly.

This might seem like finding a needle in a haystack, so the efficient thing to do is to label all the boxes and drawers. Nowadays you can use label markers that come equipped with keyboards and LCD displays that enables you to edit the labels.

They can be printed on a clear tape that you can stick to almost any surface. Different color options for the tape and the font is also available in case you want the name to pop out on a dark background.

labeled cabinet

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Conclusion

So there you have it. You are now the proud owner of an effectual and tidy workshop that will make your crafting days more fun and efficient. Just make sure you don’t get disorganized again and turn the workshop into a mess. Use the ideas above to have your own version of an organized workshop.

You may also want to look at setting up a dust collection system or a shop vac to combat all the sawdust.

Author Bio:

Stepheny is a content writer at FeedFond. She’s a loving mother to her two children and is passionate about psychology and philosophy. To read more of her articles, visit FeedFond.com.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!