Organize – Phase 2: Design Your Primary & Secondary Bases


Phase 2:  Design Your Primary & Secondary Bases


Now that you have all of the items that will go into your Primary and Secondary Bases organized in your (2) Staging Areas, it is time to Design your (2) Bases for the best use of space.


Tools and Supplies Needed:

  • Scratch Paper
  • Clipboard
  • Sharpened Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 12″ Ruler
  • 25′ Tape Measure

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Step-by-Step Instructions


Step 1 – Assess the Available Spaces

Assess the available spaces in your home, garage, and/or shed which may be suitable for your Primary and Secondary Bases, and choose the best spaces available.


Step 2 – Design Your Spaces

Design Your Spaces that you will use for both your Primary and Secondary Bases.

Unless you are working with an extremely small space where your options are severely limited, consider drawing up several different plans on paper before beginning your installations. Take measurements of your suggested Primary and Secondary Bases and put these measurements on to separate plans, marking each for what they are. Your plan drawings do not have to be exactly to scale, but they should be relatively close.

Example:  If your Primary Base is 10′ x 20′, your Design should show that the long side is approximately twice as long as the short side.

If you already own any large items, such as a main tool box, workbench, power saw tables, etc., and plan to incorporate them in your Primary Base, take measurements of these. Either write these measurements next to the items name on a separate sheet of paper, and then deciding where they will best be placed, or, you might consider using paper cut-outs, cutting out square or rectangle shapes of paper to represent these, and move them around on your plan until you are satisfied with their placement. Once positions are decided upon, you can tape the cut-outs in place.

Again, these cut-outs do not have to be exactly to scale, but should be close, in relation to your plan. In other words, if your workbench is 2′ x 4′, your cutout (using the 4′ length of your workbench) should be able to fit into the long side of your plan approx. (5) times.

If you own any large equipment, such as:  a generator, pressure washer, etc., then do the same for your Secondary Base on that plan.

If you do not yet possess these large items, but anticipate getting any of them in the near future, you can estimate space for them on your plans.

Taking sizes into account, along with your other preferences, such as walk and work room in-between, decide on the best use of your spaces, being as efficient as possible. Decide where to install pegboard, where to hang shelves, where to install racks, where to place drawers, etc., and list those on the plans as well. Many of these decisions will be based on the amount and types of items that you have gathered and placed into your Staging Areas.

Make sure that you mark down the dimensions for your pegboard, shelves, racks, etc. on your plans. Then reassess, and choose your best options.

Once you have decided on where and how you will set up your (2) Bases, you can proceed to the next Phase.

Phase 2 is complete. On to Phase 3.


Excellent!   Now Come the Fun Parts!


Please take the time to leave a Comment, letting me know how your project went.


Thank you,

CJ Dodaro

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