Phase 1: Gather, Organize, Assess & Clean
In Phase 1 you will:
- Gather all of your tools and accessories, fasteners, spare parts, & supplies
- Organize all of the above
- Assess their condition
- Clean them if necessary
Tools and Supplies Needed:
- Cleaning Rags
- Cleaning Solution (Dirt and Grime Cleaner or Degreaser as needed)
- Scratch Paper
- Sharpened Pencil
Step 1 – Set up Your Staging Areas
Set up your Primary and Secondary Base Staging Areas where you will gather and organize all of your tools and accessories, fasteners, spare parts & supplies for assessment.
You need to set up (2) Staging Areas for these items:
Primary Base Staging Area – for Home related items
Secondary Base Staging Area – for Yard related items
These Staging Areas should not be in the exact areas where you intend to setup your Bases, but should be relatively close by. These Staging Areas are where you will temporarily keep your tools and other items while you are setting up your Bases. This may require you to do some decluttering and cleaning first, in those selected areas.
For your hand tools, you can set up a 4’x 8’ sheet of plywood or wallboard on a set of saw horses if available, or you can use an old door, if you have one lying around. If none of these are available, you can simply use the floor, putting down a tarp, plastic drop cloth, old sheet, or old blanket to protect your floor if necessary.
Step 2 – Gather Up & Assess Your Tools & Accessories
Gather and organize all of your Tools and Accessories and assess.
Once you have selected and set up your (2) Staging Areas, go around the house and garage, gathering up all of your Tools and Tool Accessories, and place them in the appropriate Staging Areas. Check in drawers, cabinets, and clean up workbenches.
Put similar tools together, and place power tools and their accessories near one another. As you gather, clean them up and inspect them before placing them in your Staging Areas. If there are any that require repair, oiling, or sharpening, place them in separate piles in each of the appropriate Areas. Check for: broken handles, dull tips, rust, stiffness, etc. You can repair these later.
If there are any tools that are broken beyond repair and need replacing, make a list of what needs to be replaced and discard the damaged tools. Be descriptive when listing your items. Don’t just write down ‘hammer’, but the exact type of hammer, such as, ‘claw hammer’ or ‘small ball-peen hammer’. You can order these later.
If your main tool box is very disorganized, empty it into the Staging Area, cleaning and inspecting each tool as you do this. You can then clean your tool box before restocking it.
Once you have gathered all of your tools and placed them in the Staging Areas, you will get an idea of how much main tool box and pegboard space that you will need for your tools.
Step 3 – Gather Up Your Fasteners
Gather and organize all of your Fasteners.
Now, go around the house and garage and collect all of your Fasteners: screws, nails, nuts, bolts, washers, etc. and place them in your Primary Staging Area. Check for these items on workbenches, in junk drawers, etc. Place boxed or bagged items of like parts together, and place loose items in coffee cans, jars, shoe boxes, or other containers, to be sorted out later. Bent nails, rusted screws, etc., should just be thrown away, but you do NOT need to go through everything now if you have a lot.
Once you have gathered all of your Fasteners and placed them in the appropriate Staging Area, you will get an idea of how much shelving and small container space that you will need for these items.
Step 4 – Gather Up Your Spare Parts & Supplies
Gather and organize all of your Spare Parts & Supplies.
Finally, gather up all of your Spare Parts & Supplies, and place them in the appropriate Staging Areas. Keep items grouped according to types, such as, electrical parts, plumbing parts, and painting supplies. Most of these items will go in your Primary Staging Area, but anything associated with Yard Projects, should be placed in your Secondary Staging Area.
Once you have gathered all of your Spare Parts & Supplies, and placed them in the appropriate Staging Areas, you will get an idea of how much drawer, shelf, or bin space you will need to store them.
Phase 1 is complete. On to Phase 2.
Good Job! You are on your way to getting completely Organized!
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