What is the Best Way to Organize Tools & Equipment? – An Overview
I believe that being Organized is the first step to efficiently completing any project. What is the Best Way to Organize Tools & Equipment? I am going to show you, along with Organizing all of your supplies, fasteners, and spare parts.
Tip: If you Get Organized and Stay Organized, each project will get started quicker, go much more smoothly, and get completed much more quickly, saving you time, money, and headaches along the way.
It will give you a good feeling when you are able to go into your tool box, find the exact screwdriver or hammer that you need, open up your container of fasteners, locate the right screws or nails needed, and complete that minor little project quickly. It will also give you that small sense of pride and motivation to go on to a bigger project.
Face the Facts: Laziness and procrastination never accomplishes much. Let’s stop using those excuses like: ‘I would be happy to tighten that loose door handle, as soon as I find my screwdriver…’ You and I both know, that if and when that ‘lost’ screwdriver is finally located, you will have forgotten why you needed it in the first place (not that you really care).
You would never get to work on time, if every morning, you spent a considerable amount of time, searching the house for your socks, shoes, and pants! These are some of your essential tools needed for getting dressed and being able to function throughout the day. This is why you keep these items organized in your dresser drawers or in your closet.
Well, the same applies to your Home Repair tools. You can’t complete the project you are working on if you can’t find the necessary tools to use. It is time to gather up all of your tools and put them in a proper place, ready for future use.
Today is a new day! Put aside the old excuses, and …
Let’s Get Organized!
You will need (2) Home Bases. These are where all of your Home Projects will begin:
a.) A Primary Base for your Home Projects
b.) A Secondary Base for your Yard Projects
These two areas are where you will store your tools, equipment, supplies, and accessories for completing all of your applicable projects.
Your Primary Base, ideally, should be set up inside of your home and contain most of your tools, supplies, and accessories for completing any and all of your Home Projects.
Minimally, it should be large enough to contain: your main tool box with your most commonly used tools stored inside, along with some shelving and pegboard for holding additional tools, supplies, and accessories, such as, handsaws, hammers, caulk guns, trowels, paint and stain cans, caulk, screws, nails, tapes, drill bits & driver bits, etc.
Ideally, it will be well-lit, and it will be large enough to contain: a multi-drawer, well stocked, main tool box, some portable tool boxes, some pegboard for hanging additional tools and supplies, shelving to store supplies that can’t be easily hung, a workbench, various saw tables, most of your electric and battery operated power tools, containers to separate and organize all of your loose fasteners (such as: screws, nails, washers, nuts, bolts, etc.), and cabinets, bins, and drawers, for spare parts and supplies, such as, paint brushes, rollers, sandpaper, electrical supplies, plumbing parts, door handles, hinges, joint compound, rope and cords, etc.
Your Primary Base doesn’t necessarily have to be contained completely in only one room. My Primary Base consists of a small tool room in my basement which holds: my main tool box, pegboard on several walls, and some shelving. I also have a second area near by, in another area of the basement, which holds: my workbench, saw tables, power tools, portable tool boxes, additional pegboard, more shelving, and multiple containers, bins, and drawers.
You must do what works best for you.
Again, since everyone has different space constraints, there is no single solution to cover everyone’s needs. Your Primary Base may be a converted coat closet, a spare room, or a portion of your basement or garage.
Primary Bases should:
a. Be as Close as Possible to the Main Areas of your Home in order to allow you quick access to commonly used Tools and Supplies for conveniently completing your Inside Home Projects.
b. Be Large Enough to Hold Your Main Tool Box With Your Most Commonly Used Tools Stored Inside, such as: screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc.
c. Have Some Shelving to hold paint cans, and boxed fasteners such as: screws, nails, mollies, etc.
d. Contain Some Pegboard On the Wall(s) to hang some of your other Tools and Supplies, such as: hammers, handsaws, clamps, trowels, tapes, etc.
e. Have a Workbench where you can work on small projects which require a tabletop.
f. Contain Some Containers, Bins, and Drawers to organize loose fasteners, spare parts, and supplies.
h. Be Large Enough to Hold Your Saw Tables, Power Tools, and Portable Tool Boxes.
Your Secondary Base will contain your Yard Tools & Equipment for all of your outside Yard Projects. It will contain items such as: rakes, shovels, string trimmer, blower, wheelbarrow, lawnmower, rototiller, and other gas powered equipment. This will probably be located in your garage and/or shed.
Gas powered equipment should NEVER be stored in the home. It should always be kept in your garage or shed.
Secondary Bases should have:
a. Plenty of Floor Space for Equipment such as: lawnmower, rototiller, pressure washer, etc.
b. Shelving to hold boxes of fasteners such as: screws, nails, twist ties, etc.
c. Pegboard On the Wall(s) to hang some of your Tools and Supplies, such as: rakes, shovels, spare lawnmower blades, brooms, snowbrushes, tapes, etc.
d. Have a Secondary Workbench for conveniently working on your outside projects.
e. Containers to organize spare parts and supplies.
f. A Fire Extinguisher for safety purposes, due to the storing of gas powered equipment.
h. Racks for storing spare lumber.
(8) Phases for: Organizing Your Tools, Equipment, and Accessories
There are (8) Phases for: Organizing Your Tools, Equipment, and Accessories. Some of these Phases contain multiple Parts.
Each Part will be listed in a separate post. You will need to review all of the posts pertaining to Organization to insure that you are fully organized before beginning any projects.
Each Part of each Phase contains Step-by-Step Instructions for completion. The (8) Phases along with their Parts are:
Phase 1 – Gather, Organize, Assess & Clean
Gather all of your tools, accessories, supplies, fasteners, and spare parts. Organize according to type, style, and size, Assess their condition, and Clean or discard as needed.
Phase 2 – Design Your Primary & Secondary Bases
Design your (2) Bases for the best use of space.
Phase 3 – How to Install Pegboard
Figure out the types and amounts of Materials Needed for your project and order them.
Install Pegboard to hang your Tools and Supplies According to Your Designs.
Phase 4 – Best Way to Install Shelves
Part 1 – An Overview
An Overview of the types of shelving installations, material options, and assessing your needs.
Part 2 – Type A. Easiest Installation: Pegboard Hook Shelving
Install Shelving Using Pegboard Hooks.
Part 3 – Type B. Medium Difficulty Installation: Under Pegboard Shelving
Install Shelving Under Your Pegboard using shelving brackets.
Part 4 – Type C. Hardest Installation: Between 2” x 4” Studs Shelving
Install Shelving between 2″ x 4″ Studs and make your own shelving supports.
Phase 5 – How to Install Fluorescent Lights
Install Lighting according to your designs and needs.
Phase 6 – How to Build a Good Workbench
Build and/or install Your Workbenches in your Primary & Secondary Bases.
Install Your Main Tool Box, Portable Tool Boxes, Power Tools, Containers, Bins, & Drawers.
Place tools & accessories in your main tool box and on pegboard. place supplies, fasteners and spare parts: on shelves, in bins, containers, drawers, and on pegboard. Organize everything according to type, style, and purpose.
Each Phase is contained in a separate post, or in multiple posts, in order to best deliver the information to you in an organized fashion. Depending on your needs and requirements, you may not find it necessary to review all Phases, but they have been included for those who may require them.
or you can click on any of the ‘Phase Titles’ on this page for a direct Link to that post.
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