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10 ways to get your workshop organised

Making your workshop more organised will reduce the risks of accidents, reduce the time taken to complete tasks and increase productivity. There are plenty of professional storage solutions that can help make your workshop a more organised space, including shelving systems, trolleys, bins and handling equipment.

The following are some of the best possible ways to get your workshop organised:

Get Rid of Unwanted Items

Perhaps the first step towards the reorganization of your workshop is to create more space and get rid of unused, faulty and broken tools and pieces of equipment. You need to take an inventory of what you have in the workshop, then collect all items or tools that are no longer useful or needed, and neatly pack them somewhere for proper disposal. Damaged and faulty tools are not the only items you must dispose of; broken storage compartments and items of furniture must be removed or fixed regularly too.

Store Smaller Components in the Barton Bins

Barton bins are simple, yet functional storage options for storing your smaller workshop components. They come in different sizes and colours to make organising easier. These bins can be used with louver panels and cabinets to create an ideal storage system that will greatly improve efficiency and workflow. Choose different colours to help you identify different workshop tools and for easier recognition of the different categories of items.

Make Use of Pegboards

If you don’t want lots of shelves in your workshop, you should consider pegboards. Pegboards can be mounted onto the wall, and have lots of useful hooks on which to hang your workshop tools. One good thing about pegboards is that they can be used with or without other storage devices. Pegboards are ideal for workshops with little or no space for shelves.

Make use of Copper Tubing Options

Not all tools can be stored on pegboards. For this reason, consider copper tubing to help organise other tools. Copper tubes can help you store hundreds of different mini-tools of different sizes and shapes. You can design the copper tubing yourself or purchase some at your nearest hardware or DIY store.

Use Wire Spool Holders

Having lots of wire spools in your workshop can create lots of problems, especially when they tangle constantly with each other. A simple spool holder can resolve this problem. With some scrap wood and a wooden dowel, you can create your own spool holder. If you can’t design a spool holder, you can easily find one to purchase. Make sure you keep several spool holders; you might need them in the future.

Take Advantage of Equipment Dead Space

For most workshop owners, space is at a premium! When you are setting up or arranging your workshop, you must think about the workflow around each machine or device and how you can optimise space for efficiency. Experts suggest that you have a plan to make use of each dead space around each device. The dead space around a machine is that side that you rarely interact with. Dead space around a machine can house storage solutions for idle tools. A simple trick is to make use of magnets to keep metal tools attached to the dead space side of equipment.

Make Use of Binder Clips to Arrange Cords

Another neat trick is to neaten cords in your workshop by attaching a row of binder clips to the edge of your work desk.  The row of binder clips will serve as your cable organisers. There are always tons of cords around a workshop, and they can be very dangerous to your safety if not properly organised. If you are not using binder clips, then you could coil up each of the cords inside toilet paper tubes, then place them in a box carefully to prevent tangling.  An alligator clip clothesline can also be used to collect and store your alligator clips in the workshop.

Learn to Return Tools to Their Storage Places at The End of The Day

One of the best possible ways of keeping your workshop tidy is to return tools to their storage compartments at the end of the day. Returning tools to their storage places immediately after use will help avoid cluttering. You can never predict how long you will need a tool, therefore it’s better just to keep it out until the general workshop cleanup time. Putting all equipment away at once will ensure that you don’t miss out any tool.

Always Strip and Toss Items Meant for Disposal

As a workshop owner, you should learn to scavenge and recycle any items that can be salvaged from damaged tools and devices. Make sure you are smart with recycling; strip the essential parts that you need from the entire piece before disposal. Make sure you organise what you salvage and dispose of the rest safely and responsibly. Gears, pulleys, belts, and motors, are some items you can salvage and recycle from damaged devices or equipment.

Adjust Your Shelves Accordingly

Having open shelves in your workshop makes more sense when it comes to organisation. You need to use exact dimensions for your shelves, to ensure that they serve the purposes they were designed for, and to make retrieval of tools a lot easier. Depending on your needs, styles, and budget, you should consider adding more shelves to provide storage for more devices and tools in the workshop. A combination of both horizontal and vertical shelves is recommended for space optimisation in a workshop.


The best way to maintain a well-organised workshop is to regularly perform a purge of unnecessary materials, machinery, and tools from your workshop. For this reason, always keep handy a number of junk boxes for junk metals, woods, plastic, wires, and electronics. This also helps you create extra space for any new items you are bringing into the workshop. Always ensure that new storage options in the workshop offer free access to your items and at the same time, reduce the risks of mix-ups and accidents.  This way you help to keep your workshop organised, safe and allows you the most efficient use of the available space, and ultimately, your time.
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