Garage Organization Strategies

Last Sunday I spent most of the day organizing my garage.  I can’t say it was very messy but I felt a need to improve my garage organization strategies.

A garage is never done being organized.  As time passes interests change, tools are purchased and efficiency increases.

Every six months to a year I have an idea that makes my workflow more efficient and more enjoyable.  I usually stew on the idea a month or two before taking action.  Today I took action.

My goal was to clean out the power tools I store under my workbench and make space for tools I use more often.  Tools like my Makita Portable Metal Cut Off SawMilwaukee Deep Cut Bandsaw and Lincoln Wire Feed Welder went to the basement.

I cleaned the tools and their cases before putting the them in storage.  Years of occasional use left the tools dirty and cases filled with debris.

I’m going to put a Wire Rack Shelving Unit with Wheels in my basement for occasionally used tools.  I saw a similar unit at Costco a few weeks ago.

My garage is the result of 16 years of effort and a continual work in progress.

First I built a workbench in the corner, then I installed peg board above the workbench, then I wired the garage with plugs, then I got a shelving and bins for small parts, then I ran hard air lines, then I installed heating over my workbench.  You get the idea.

Here’s where my garage is today.

Garage Organization Strategies

Fist I cleared out seldom used electric tools under the workbench.

Air and Electric Tool Storage
The bottom shelf of my workbench is temporarily empty. It used to be full of electric tools. I’ll use the top shelf to store commonly used electric and air tools.

The top left shelf of my work bench holds lock nuts, washers, grease fittings, pan head screws and more. The black box on the right holds drill bits and drill accessories.

The bins on the lower shelf are a new. The bin on the right holds equipment directions, the middle bin holds rags and on the bin on the left holds towels.

Small Fastener Shelf
The top shelf is where I store miscellaneous fasteners.  The larg bins on the bottom hold equipment directions, rags and towels.

I bought a Nut and Bolt Assortment almost 30 years ago.  I don’t reach into it often but when I do it saves me a ton of time and frustration.

Nut and Bolt Center
My nut and bolt center.  It saves a ton of trips to the hardware store.

Next to the nut and bolt center is my pry bar assortment and gasket scrapers.  I admit those tools are unused but I look forward to getting them dirty.

My grease gun is hanging on the wall in plain sight and easy to reach.

Prybars hanging on wall
The pry bars and gasket scrapers are to the left of the nut and bolt center.

Left of the grease gun is my clipboard.  It has it’s own spot so I can easily find it.

My clipboard hangs in it’s spot.

I placed my 1/2″ torque wrench on my peg board so I know where to look when I need it.

Torque Wrench Section
1/4, 3/8 and 1/2″ drive torque wrenches.

I bought a Klein Tools T-Handle Torx Set to repair my Stihl 066 chainsaw and mounted it on the shelf above my workbench.  Those T-Handle Allen Wrench Sets are at least 25 years old.

Allen Wrenches and Torx Wrench Sets
T-Handle Torx and Allen Head Wrench Sets.
Artsy Shot Cans of Lubricants
It’s handy to have a shelf over the workbench to store lubricants, degreasers etc. If I had that stuff on the work bench I’d knock it over while working on projects.

Since this is here’s a nice shot of my 036, 046, and 066 chainsaw sitting on the floor waiting to be maintained.  My son walked into the garage and said I need to get an 056 to complete the set.  Does Stihl make an 056?

Stihl 036 046 and 066
Stihl 036, 046 and 066.

Thanks for listening to my garage organization strategies.

How do you keep your garage organized?

Frosty Log

This morning during my morning walk around the wood cutting area I noticed frost growing out of the kerfs of a log.

Frosty Log

That’s red maple (Acer rubrum).  Two days ago, when I cut the log, the temperature was in the forties °F.  This morning it’s in the teens °F.  When the water left the log it immediately froze.

How do You Keep a Holz Hausen Dry?

Once you crack the roof on your Holz Hausen wood pile water will find a way in.  So how do you keep the wood in your Holz Hausen dry when you take it apart?

It’s simple.  You cover the pile with a tarp.  Preferably not a gaudy blue tarp like I used before last nights rain.   I prefer a brown tarp that blends with the surroundings.

Holz Hausen dry Covered with Tarp
The white spots on the tarp is sleet from the previous nights wintry mix. I hastily covered my Holz Hausen before the rain began.

I admit I’m not a fan of rolling up a tarp every time I need firewood.  I’m also not a fan of moving wood twice.  I’m going to keep the wood in my dry Holz Hausen right where it is until I need it to heat the house.