One of the most essential requirements for a handyman is to have a well-organized workshop. An organized workshop makes sure that you complete your tasks in a timely and perfect way. Generally while working a workshop becomes messy, but if you have everything organized then things will be different. A disordered workshop hampers your productivity so it’s very important to keep your tools in a systematic manner. Here we have talked about a few tips that will help you organize your workshop properly.
Install Pallet Racks
Pallet racks would be great for your workshop if you have the room to install it. You can store your tools stacked on top of each other. Make sure you install pallet racks in a height from where you can access the top levels easily. If you have a small workshop then you might not have space for lifts. In this case, you can use pull out shelves to use as ladders. The lower shelves can be pulled out like steps to reach the upper shelves.
Store Items Deeper
You can store items deeper and this is a great way you can increase open spaces for your works. You have to reach the shelves that are stacked on the back. You can do so by mounting your forward shelves on floor tracks. It will help you pull the shelves forward when you need to access the shelves at the back. The best practice is to use pull out shelves that have shallow bins placed back to back in a denser format. This kind of shelves allows you to stack more items horizontally. Moreover, you can store your tools in old filing cabinets that have very deep storage.
Store Shelves and Drawers under Work Surfaces
Rolling tool cabinets are a great solution for your storage problem in the workshop. One of the best features of this kind of cabinet is; you can easily slap a workplace on top of these tool cabinets. Make sure your rolling cabinets are waist high to ease your work. You can attach two rolling cabinets of the same size together with bolt-on top to create a rolling cart. These rolling cabinets are very portable and can be rolled around conveniently. You can also store items behind a work surface or cabinet.
Use the Gaps and Ends
If you inspect your workshop carefully you will find a lot of marginal spaces around your workshop that are unused. These spaces are not large enough to fit tool cabinets or shelves. But you can use these spaces if you hang storage compartments with the rafters. You can use these places for storing the tools you don’t need too often. You can also use the side of the cabinets as storage surfaces.
Store your Small Parts in Special Purpose Cabinets
Small parts are the essential components that require proper storage. If you don’t store these small components accordingly there is a change many of them will go missing. Trust me; you don’t want to put yourself in a situation like this as it becomes a virtual hell. You can use multi-compartment plastic boxes to store these small components. Use a different compartment for different items and don’t mix them together. You can install a benchtop parts cabinet where you can store the plastic boxes. This will help you organize a lot of small parts together and look for them easily.
Use Vertical Drawers
Install wall-mounted vertical deep drawers in your workshop. You can store your cordless tools in these drawers. This way you can maximize storage efficiency as multiple tools can be stacked vertically on the wall. You will have to install a charging station that’s plugged in at the back with a cord. You can also store tools that have wheels on it with the help of angle grinders.
Throw Away the Unwanted Stuff
It’s best to inspect all your tools and items once in a year to decide whether they are more valuable than the price of storing them for more than a year. This is a great way you can decide whether they are worth storing for a year. Discrete items that you won’t need for over a year and get rid of them. This way you can organize your workshop and free up spaces for new items. Don’t forget to make a list of the items that are essential. It will help you separate find out how many extras you have of the same tool or component. Keep the ones you need and discard unrequired tools and items.
Label the Goods
Once you organize your workshop now is the time to label the goods. While working in the workshop sometimes it becomes difficult to instantly find what you need. So the best way to solve this problem is to label all the boxes and drawers. You can use level markers to mark the items. You can use marker pens, LCD displays or clear tap to label the goods. You can use different color tape and font so that they pop out on a dark background.
An efficient and orderly workshop not only saves your time and many but also make your crafting days more fun and efficient. Once you organized your workshop make sure it remains the same or you have to go through the same process again and again.