If you’ve built a garden workshop in your home, then you’ll know only too well the importance of keeping things neat, tidy and in good order. And, of course, making the most of the space that you have.
Whether a purpose built construction or a converted garden shed, there will always be a limit to the amount of space you have in which to work.
So, to work at your most productive, you need the ability to have adequate room to carry out your tasks. And to make sure that equipment and tools are easy to access and on hand exactly when you need them.
In this article we’ll offer up some useful tips that will help you maintain a well-ordered and practical garden workshop so that you can get on with your work in the most effective, efficient and enjoyable way possible.
After all, you have to enjoy your work and your environment, don’t you?
Repurpose Furniture Units from the House
This tip offers multiple benefits both for your workshop and your home in general.
Old furniture in your house can be saved from cluttering up your rooms or forcing you to go through the laborious effort of a trip to the tip or local recycling centre.
Instead, why not repurpose this furniture to become an integral part of your workshop.
You will almost certainly need ample storage for your tools, equipment and other items, so an old bookcase or chest of drawers can be a great way to provide it, without going to the expense of buying new units.
Or the time of having to put together new flatpack furniture.
Keep Your Parts and Accessories Organised
Having good storage space is great, and vital for a well-ordered workshop.
However, what you don’t want is for these storage facilities to start getting jumbled and filled with eclectic items in no particular order.
For a productive working experience, you have to be able to locate the things you need for any given job.
Cluttered, disorganised drawers, therefore, can be annoying and time-consuming.
Therefore, why not ensure that each drawer or box that you use for storage has its own purpose that is clearly defined by labelling.
If you need a masonry nail, then how much more efficient would it be to see the drawer, or storage tub, labelled ‘masonry nails’
The Power of Peg Boards
Peg Boards are a great way to keep your tools and other smaller equipment neatly stored, visible and easily accessed when required.
They allow you to fix hooks, which means you can hang your tools in an allotted space. Most hand-held tools can be held in place by a hook, and in some cases, you can even purchase hooks that are specifically designed for tools.
Storing tools on peg boards in this way means that they are all safely stored and out of the way when not in use. However, when the time comes that you need them, you can simply reach over and take it, without rooting through a cupboard or drawer.
Magnets Make More Room as Well
Another trick for utilising that wall space for storage is to use the power of magnetism.
Think about all those handheld tools you use that are metal in some part of its makeup:
Much as you might in a kitchen with cooking utensils, a magnetic holder on the wall can really free up space and ensure that you have handy access to the important tools when you need them.
Another advantage of storing in this way is from a safety aspect.
Many of these tools will have sharp or serrated edges which could pose a risk if you’re delving your hands into a cupboard or drawer to retrieve. Stored on a magnet allows you to keep these edges out of harm’s way.
Magnets Are Also Really Good For Paint Brushes
Another useful reason for using a magnetic holder in your workshop is if you have to store paint brushes.
If you fix the brushes by their metal edges then it means the bristles aren’t getting squashed down, allowing them to dry out naturally and ideally for the next time you come to use them.
Store Tools Adjacent to the Job at Hand
Often, the work that you’re carrying out in your shed or workshop follows a typical process. Perhaps you are creating a particular product for sale, or making repairs on a piece of equipment or machinery.
If this is the case, then it’s likely that you will carry out the work to a set procedure, with each task carried out in a particular area. Therefore, it makes sense to store the tools you need for that particular task adjacent to the area.
You don’t want to be moving across the workshop to locate a tool whenever you need it; when it would make much more sense to have it within reach of where you’re working.
Give Every Tool and Accessory its Own Place
There can be nothing more irritating or time-wasting when carrying out a job in your workshop and discovering that the tool you require is nowhere to be found.
It’s a common problem, and not always down to being untidy or careless. In fact, often it can be because you have been almost too diligent in your wish to eliminate clutter. You tidy up after a job and put your tools away in a drawer or cabinet. Of course, it might be some time before you need it again, meaning that you’ve forgotten where you put it.
The solution, of course, is to ensure that everything you use has its own defined and clearly marked space.
It falls in with the general theme running through all of our garden workspace hacks, in that you need to have as much order as possible.
Having a dedicated spot for all of your equipment not only keeps your workshop neat and organised but it’s going to save you time and cut the frustration of constantly having to look for items when the time comes to call them into action.
Designated Charging Area?
Depending on the types of jobs that you are going to be carrying out in your shed or workshop, then there’s a good chance that you might be using electric tools that require battery power.
How much of a pain is it when you go to use said tool, only to find that the battery has run out of charge?
If this sounds like something you can relate to, then why not consider creating a space in the workshop that is designated for keeping your batteries full of charge.
A charging station can save a lot of annoyance and wasted time, giving you that peace of mind that when called into action, you’ll have the power to get to work.
As an alternative, if space is limited and you need to be a bit more ad hoc with you charging, then you could always ensure that you have the charge that you need by giving yourself a little reminder on the phone that the batteries need to be ‘juiced up’ ahead of the task you’re going to work on.
It really doesn’t matter what you use your garden workshop for, be it a hobby or as part of your day to day work, if it’s not in good order, well-maintained and organised, then you are unlikely to get the productivity you desire from your time.
Follow some these simple, yet highly effective tips to keep your shed or working space tidy and logically spaced out, with your equipment efficiently to hand and ready for use.
It will help you make the best use of your time.
It will help you work more efficiently and effectively.
And, it will remove your frustrations and ensure you have a happy, enjoyable and satisfying working environment.