Organising your tools
If you have a stash of tools, whether in a shed, garage, or workshop, keeping them organised is the key to happier and more efficient diy tasks. Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you have the relevant tool but have no idea where you last put it and having to buy a duplicate.
Before you can organise your tools, you need to gather everything together in one place and commit to sorting them out. Ideally, the goal is to know precisely what you have, where they are stored, and the most used items easily accessible.
One idea is to make or buy a pegboard for tools to hang on. Alternatively, you can get some drawers or a cabinet for your workspace and organise smaller items.
Declutter and Clean
Before installing drawers, cabinets, or pegboards, it’s sensible to declutter your workspace and give it a good clean completely. To keep everything in tip-top condition, you’ll also want to commit to a regular tidy and clean of the area – say, once a fortnight or once a month, for example. The more often you keep on top of this, the less you’ll need to do each time.
For instance, always discard rubbish, recycle containers, and keep loose nails and washers in a Tupperware box. If you’re unsure whether to keep certain items, put them in a box, store them for a month and then toss them if you haven’t used them. Put aside items you only use occasionally, perhaps placed in the loft or shed, so they don’t crowd your working space and get mixed up with your often-used equipment. For large amounts of tools, consider the benefits of Self Storage Swindon. Go to www.anchorselfstorage.co.uk/self-storage/swindon/ for more details.
Set aside a separate home for every item and ensure the area is appropriate space-wise. Will an item be better hanging on a wall or in a drawer? The layout you choose needs to be logical but work for you, and make sure you keep your most-used items closest to you for easy access. Group similar items together so you always know where to find your tools. This is an excellent time for recognising any gaps in your toolbox.
Getting the right storage
Choosing the proper storage doesn’t have to be expensive. You probably have items lying around that could do the job for you. For example, old kitchen cupboards with the doors removed, a disused chest of drawers, or a second-hand serving trolley on wheels. If you can find something with adequate space and sturdy enough, it can be used to store tools.