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 Saw, Milwaukee 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.
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.
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.
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.
Left of the grease gun is my clipboard. It has it’s own spot so I can easily find it.
I placed my 1/2″ torque wrench on my peg board so I know where to look when I need it.
Since this is SawsandSplitters.com 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?
Thanks for listening to my garage organization strategies.
How do you keep your garage organized?