Did you turn your hand to DIY in 2020? From property renovations to landscaping and mechanic work, UK adults spent more time on jobs around the home than in previous years while DIY sales surged.
If you’ve contributed to these figures, you may have learned the hard way that organising your equipment efficiently is crucial. A practical management system can save time and effort and stop you from wasting money on unnecessary replacements, too.
Read our simple tips on how to organize your garage or workshop below.
Categorize your tools
Much like the clothes in our wardrobes and drawers, it makes sense to categorize your tools by purpose or features and store them together in designated places.
Group power tools, hand tools, parts, and so on, plus accessories like oils and battery chargers. You may find it helps to create an inventory of all your equipment before getting started with the categories.
From here you can then assign each category a storage location depending on the space and solutions you have available.
Get a tool chest
One of those storage options could be a comprehensive tool chest. Options range from small bags and boxes to rolling cabinets and large integrated systems, so it’s worth thinking about your priorities before splashing any cash. Most have separate draws and compartments of varying sizes to suit different tools.
Whatever your needs, investing in a quality tool chest like those from SGS Engineering will help you keep your equipment organized and secure.
Make the most of wall space
Another smart storage idea is to utilize spare wall space with hooks and shelves, much like a retail store. This way certain items will be on show at all times, making them harder to lose or forget about.
Hooks can hang tools themselves or hold containers such as tubs and trays. Many people affix them to slat or pegboards, while magnetic strips are a simple and inexpensive choice for smaller metal tools.
Wall-mounted cabinets are a more private alternative if you’d prefer not to advertise your belongings.
Use clear containers for loose parts
What about all those awkwardly sized tools and tiny loose parts? For items that aren’t easy to hang or store in drawers, like paint rollers and nuts and bolts, invest in some clear containers and jars.
Clear containers allow you to see what’s kept where quickly and easily. You may want to create a labeling system to simplify this process further and make sure other people know to put things back in the right places.
Where you keep your containers is up to you depending on the wall and floor storage space you have to hand.
Is your garage or workshop in desperate need of a tidy up? Try these tool organization tips to get your house in order.