6 Neat Tricks to Organise an Untidy Workshop

A workshop is where you store your tools, hardware, and materials. It is also a place where you repair or build things, such as wooden objects or automobiles. 

If you are a carpenter, handyman, or auto mechanic, then chances are you have a workshop somewhere in your home.

Workshops have a tendency to get messy and unorganized quite easily. Perhaps you leave various tools and materials lying all over the place without storing them away for safekeeping. 

Not only do these conditions make it harder to work in, but you are increasing the risk of an accident too. Somebody may trip and fall on the tools and hurt themselves.

In order to keep your workshop safe, you simply need to create an environment that is organised. Then you will feel compelled to pick up your tools and store them properly after you are finished using them.

Below are 6 neat tricks to help organise an untidy workshop.

Small Parts Storage Cabinets

Workshops tend to have a lot of loose items, such as nails, screws, pins, buttons, doughnuts, wrenches, and so on. If you leave these items lying around, then you will probably never see them again because they will get lost.

Consider using a small parts storage cabinet to store these loose items and to organise any materials that you commonly use. That way, you will always know where your loose items are whenever you need them.

Install a Pegboard

Do you have a lot of tools in your workshop? If so, then a pegboard is a great way to display your tools on the wall neatly. 

Pegboards have several rows of holes in them, so you stick hooks in the holes where you want your tools to go. You can hang hammers, saws, screwdrivers, wrenches, and any other hand tools that you like to use.

If you have a lot of tools, then install multiple pegboards to accommodate them. The more tools you hang up on the wall in this way, the fewer tools you will have lying around.  

Clear Storage Bins

Bigger pieces of hardware or materials should be placed in storage bins. Make sure you purchase clear storage bins so that you can see what is inside them without having to open them up. 

You will stay organized this way because you will not need to take a bunch of things out of your bins to find what you are looking for. You can take one look at your bins and know what is in them.

Toilet Paper Tubes for Cables

Are there a lot of cables stored in your workshop? These could be power cables, extension cords, charger cords, and so on. Instead of stuffing them in a box where they will get tangled together, roll up each cable and put it inside of a toilet paper tube. 

Stick an adhesive label on the tube which indicates what type of cable it is.

Now when you put the cables in a storage box, it will be so much easier to identify them. You will not need to search through a tangled ball of cables and spend an hour untangling them.

Vacuum and Trash Bags

As you are working in the workshop, small particles of wood or other dusty debris may find their way onto the floor. This creates an unsanitary environment for the people who need to breathe in the workshop. 

For this reason, you don’t want to let this debris accumulate on the floor. Have a designated vacuum just for your workshop. 

Vacuum the floor after each time you work in there. When you empty the vacuum, put the debris in a rubbish bag. Do not empty the debris outside because that will contaminate the environment.

Homemade Magnetic Broom

When you drop screws and nails onto the floor, you may not always feel like picking them up. This is how you end up accumulating a lot of small parts on the floor.

To make this process easier, you should create a magnetic broom. To do this, take a pot magnet that is 3 inches in diameter and screw it onto the bottom of a wood dowel. 

Now when you see a small metal piece on the floor, you can use the magnetic end of the dowel to scoop it right up without having to bend your back. 

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