6 out of 10 housing units have a garage area. That means that the vast majority of people have a great space to store all of those extra tools, gadgets and odd gifts that they don’t want strewn around their house.
Here’s the thing though… We’re human and as humans, we have a knack for taking any additional space that we get and overfilling it.
If you’re running into that issue with your garage and aren’t sure where to put all of those new tools that you want to bring home, don’t give up on your tool-buying ambitions quite yet.
In this article, we’re going to walk you through some how to organize tools tips that should free up some space so you can keep on shopping for more stuff!
1. Build Pegboard Cabinets
A go-to idea is to build cabinets in your garage. That’s definitely a great option but it doesn’t lead to you fully utilizing your space opportunities.
Rather than just building cabinets, our team recommends that you build a cabinet that features a pegboard face.
For the uninitiated, pegboard is a cheap material that has tons of little holes all over its surface. These holes enable you to easily hang tools.
Imagine being able to store tools inside of your cabinet and literally on your cabinet. That’s what pegboard enables you to do.
2. Buy a Storage-Filled Workbench
So many people we know have a workbench that’s basically just a… Well, a bench. You know, four legs holding up a surface.
This is a huge no-no because buying a basic bench means not utilizing all of the great space that exists under your bench.
Rather than just working off of a table in your garage, buy a workbench that’s sturdy and features tons of storage cabinets. By making your workbench pull double duty as a storage unit, you’re going to find a lot of nooks and crannies for all of those orphaned tools that are strewn around your garage.
3. Go Plastic
Here’s a novel idea… If you want to organize your tools, go down to any big-box store and buy some plastic storage containers.
Plastic storage containers aren’t just for storing guest blankets, people! They’re good for storing just about anything and are extremely convenient since you can see through them.
If the storage containers that you buy are too frosted to see through, buy a label maker and start labeling.
We know that sounds tedious but believe us when we say that labels save you a ton of time fumbling around looking for things.
4. Get Those Nuts and Bolts Organized
Are you one of those people that claim you have no space but also have let a bunch of loose nuts and bolts take up prime real estate in your garage? If you answered yes to that question, go to the hobby store and buy some mason jars.
Mason jars are quickly becoming tinkerer’s favorite way to store nuts, bolts, nails and every other small thing that’s eating up too much room.
5. Optimize Your Inner Cabinet Space
Cabinets shouldn’t just be a place that you toss your tools. You should take just as much care keeping the inside of your cabinets organized as you do keeping your garage in order.
If when you open your cabinets, all you see is a mess that keeps you from finding what you’re looking for quickly, start using your cabinet’s inner walls to hang your tools and clear things up.
If your cabinet has the room, you could also use shower caddies as makeshift cabinet shelves.
6. Build Upwards and Get Mobile
You not having any more space in your garage to store tools is very similar to the problem that major cities have with not having enough space to build homes, offices, etc.
Do you want to know the clever solution that real estate moguls came up with to solve this quandary? They decided to build upwards!
The best way to replicate that play is to get storage cabinets that are tall and feature a lot of shelving. If you cant reach the top of your storage shelves, a cheap step-stool should solve your vertical challenges.
Oh! We also recommend getting something like this roll-around cabinet so you can reorganize your space without dismantling your shelves by simply wheeling things around.
7. Drive a Few Nails Into Your Wall
Do all of these suggestions sound a little bit too structured and frilly to you? Are you looking for a solution that’s sloppy, masculine and simple?
We’ve got you covered!
Grab some nails, drive them into your garage’s wall and start hanging tools from them.
Sure, it’s not as sophisticated as building pegged cabinets but it sure gets the job done.
8. Take Out the Trash
It might just be time to start throwing out old junk if your garage doesn’t have the kind of space that you’re looking for to keep your tools in proper order.
We know that it can be hard to part with that 15-year-old hammer that’s missing half of its handle, but it’s time to let go.
Closing Out Our How to Organize Tools Suggestions
There is no shortage of DIY hacks, tips, and tricks that’ll get your how to organize tools ambitions on track.
We hope that what we’ve outlined got the wheels in your brain turning and we welcome you to read more of the stellar content on our blog if you’re hungry for additional inspiration!
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