Organizing the Workshop

Marian Parsonswoodworking

I confess that I have a tough time keeping my work areas clean.  I know the other creative types out there understand.  I am a bit of a neat-freak, but when I’m working on a lot of things, I don’t take the time to clean up the workshop.  Scraps of wood get tossed on the floor, tools are piled up on the workbench and things are in a perpetual state of disorganization.  I just close the door.

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So, my mom and I worked on tidying up the place.

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We picked up some more hooks and tool holders from our local True Value to use on the pegboard surfaces in the workshop.

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We even hung the hammers and drills…

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We used long hooks on the table saw out feed table to keep extension cords handy.

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If you’re planning on organizing a workspace yourself, here are a few tips…

  • It may be a no-brainer, but group like things together.  This not only makes things easier to find, but it can prevent you from buying things you already have.  You can look at our collection of at least 15 tape measures and know that I am speaking from experience.
  • As your organizing, take time to purge.  Get rid of things that are broken, you don’t use or don’t need.  This will give you more space and make the things you do use easier to find.
  • Allow room for future growth.  We didn’t fill all of the hooks and cover every inch of pegboard, so we have room for new tools when we buy them.  If everything is packed in tight, where do you put something new?

Who knows how long our workshop will stay neat, but I always feel more relaxed, inspired and motivated in a clean and organized space.

For more tips and inspiration on quick-fix projects, stop by your local True Value for advice or visit them on Facebook and Pinterest.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
Organizing the Workshop

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