If you consider yourself a handyman, or someone who knows their way around tools, you probably have workshop. If you do, you’ll relate to the feeling of dread we get when all the work is done, and it’s time to clean up.
Don’t get us wrong, the work aspect is perfect. Working in your own space, doing what you love is a gift few people get to enjoy. Not all of us are neat freaks though. Some may call it creative clutter. As you work on your projects the tools and other hardware begin to pile up around the workshop.
I’ll do it tomorrow, you say to yourself. You’ve had a long day, after all. Who’s got the time to clean, when you spent all day working? Unfortunately, this isn’t your office where someone else will take care of it. Eventually the task will fall to you. Now, you decide if it’s a ten-minute job or a day-long project.
Learn How to Organize Hardware
A clear obstacle might be that you don’t know how to organize hardware. Worry not! We’ll walk you through the steps needed to get organized.
What You’ll Need
To organize your hardware, you’ll need the following things:
- Storage Cabinets
- Cable Organizers
When it comes to organizing of any kind, it’s always best to plan beforehand. Just as a contractor acquires a blueprint before constructing the house, you should make a blueprint for the room. This blueprint will contain a manifest of all the hardware you have at your disposal.
Having a detailed list of items is essential to your organizational endeavors. Without a clear idea of what you have to organize, you’ll keep remembering things during the process. It’s better to keep this in mind.
Do You Love It?
Every trade has its tools, but not all tools and hardware are made equal. Indeed, some are more equal than others. When it comes to tools, many people have a habit of hoarding. We lie to ourselves, conjuring up situations where we’ll end up needing them.
The truth is, you haven’t used a lot of the hardware in your workshop in years. It’s just sitting there, mocking you. When organizing, it’s best to get rid of things that serve no purpose, have no value, or haven’t been used in ages.
All the space that all these irrelevant tools and hardware is taking up can be better utilized. Even if you end up leaving the space blank, it still makes the space look neat and tidy. That is a goal in itself. So, ask yourself “do I love this?” Give it the old Marie Kondo treatment!
Now that you know what things you need to organize. Design a layout of how you want things to look and what goes where. When drafting a floor and wall plan, you’ll want to organize based on some principle. Here are a few examples:
It’s possible that you work on different types of projects throughout the year. This means that your tool needs are always changing. If you do one or two projects at a time, you can organize your tools to reflect that projects needs.
For instance, working on electronics won’t require wrenches and screwdrivers. However, when working on something mechanical, these will be indispensible. Organizing by project can streamline the entire workflow.
By Usage Frequency
Some hardware is evergreen. It’s always going to come in handy and is unaffected by project type. So, if you feel that you have some tools that you’re always going back to, then perhaps place them closest to your workstation.
This will mean less time is wasted looking for something that you’ll need again and again.
Perhaps you don’t wish to complicate things too much. You want to operate on a “if they do the same kind of job, they go together” principle. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. If you choose to go this route, you’ll organize wrenches in one place, screwdrivers in another and so on.
Organizing by type carries the advantage that you always know where to find something. You also don’t have to think too hard about where to put things back. The entire process is incredibly simple.
Following one of these principles is a key part of how to organize hardware.
The Right Hardware for Your Hardware
You should procure shelves, boxes, storage cabinets and cable organizers beforehand. Not all your tools are going to hang on the wall or lie on your workstation. You need these items to keep everything organized.
Furthermore, you should also label each box, shelf, and cabinet to indicate what hardware it houses. This will not only help you getting the tool that you need quickly, but also speed up cleaning.
You should ensure that your plan has left you with plenty of space to move around, and work in. A congested workshop can be extremely dangerous. One wrong move and you could be going to the hospital.
Lots of empty space for movement also gives the entire pace a neat and clean appearance. This will reduce your hesitance to go into your workshop.
Our Final Thoughts
This was our guide on how to organize hardware in your workshop. If you followed all the steps, you’ll have a much cleaner space to work on your projects.