A lot of us have dreams about our perfect garage. However, in most cases, they become a catch-all for everything but those dreams. Tools, junk, the little gold macaroni Christmas tree you made in 2nd grade.
Occasionally we want to clear out that clutter and use our garages as we had planned. Maybe to DIY our latest delivery from RTR.
Here are 5 tips to help keep your garage clean and organized.
1. Rolling carts - They make working on a vehicle so much easier. They give you the ability to have the tools your using organized and right at your fingertips. Plus, they give you a handy top to use as a mini workbench for the smaller jobs and holding the new parts your installing. We’ve started using the Gearwrench Utility Cart around the RTRLAB and it’s made working on some of these special projects so much easier.
2. Toolbox organizer - We all know the right toolbox is the gateway to a great build. They are also one of the most unorganized places in the garage. Using some toolbox lining foam that can be found at your local hardware store. Map out where you want each tool to sit. Then take a piece of chalk or similar to outline your tools. Grab a box cutter or a hot knife and follow your lines. You’ll want to go about ½ the depth of the tool you're making a holding slot for. Don’t forget to notch for some grab holes.
3. Mounting a pegboard on the wall to store your tools is a DIY that will change your garage for the better. It’s a great idea to mount it above your workbench for ease of use. Place pegs on the board according to the type of tools you will use the most - keep them close. After hanging your tools, trace around them with a marker. This will make sure anyone who will be giving you a helping hand gets them back where they belong
4. Pegboard Cubbyholes. Here is a tool storage technique for all those slender tools and shop accessories. Cut short lengths of PVC pipe (1-1/2- and 2-in.-diameter pipes work well for most items) and slide them over pegboard hooks. Then load them up with files, hacksaw blades, zip ties, pencils, stir sticks...you get the skinny. The best part is you can build this compact pegboard storage container in an afternoon.
5. Reuse and Recycle. Whether it’s peanut butter, mayonnaise, or protein - we all have a jar that will find its way to the trash. Why not use these old jars for holding nails, nuts, bolts, and screws. This can be a quick easy way to organize