If you want to avoid clutter and work more productively, you’ll need to organise your workshop. A disorganised workshop can waste a lot of time and energy. You don’t want to be searching for tools at any stage of your project (especially mid-way through your work). A messy workspace can be dangerous, too. Leaving tools around and not keeping things sorted could result in accidents.
You may want to set aside some time to get things decluttered. But we promise it will be worth taking an hour or two to organise your workshop. You’ll get way more done once things are all in their right places.
Simple Ways to Organise Your Workshop
The good news is that you don’t have to fork out a lot of money on organisers or other equipment besides one or two items that are a great investment. For the most part, all of these tips can be done at a minimal cost.
Ready to get your workshop organised? Here are a few tips to get you going.
Make use of spare material
Things like plywood or other off-cuts can be used to create storage. Use leftovers to make shelves. Wall-mounted shelves can be easily added to available wall space above or near your work surface. These can be used to store tools and other equipment. You can create flat boards and add pegs or hooks, for items that can be hung on walls. If you have spare off-cuts, you could make larger free-standing shelves. In small workshops, corner shelves will take up very little space.
Use PVC pipes for worktops
If there are items you use on a regular basis, that usually end up getting lost while you work, PVC pipes will keep your worktop surface tidy. These can be used to keep things like pens, rulers, paintbrushes, screwdrivers, box cutters, and anything else you need easy access to during projects.
Get a few cheap craft bins
These bins don’t cost a lot. They’re easy to find at almost any hardware store or hobby shop. The thing that makes these bins useful is that they have multiple drawers of different sizes. Smaller drawers can be used for nails, screws, bolts and drill bits. Larger drawers can be used for bigger items such as assorted tools. Many boxes are layered with compartments, saving space and keeping things tidy. If you want to go one step further, you can even colour-code drawers or use another organisational system that helps you know exactly what is in each drawer.
Invest in a battery recharger
These will soon earn their keep. The biggest benefit of a battery charger is that you won’t have to worry about keeping track of batteries. You’ll save space but more importantly, you won’t end up with a lot of loose, old batteries lying around. If you use a cordless drill, this device will be especially useful.
Once you’ve taken the steps to organise your workshop, you can get to work knowing that you can easily find your supplies and tools.