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Garage Organization - Five Simple steps to Bring Order to the Pegboard

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How to organize the garage

After a tough Winter, it feels so good to be back in the garage!

One of the drawbacks of living up north is the fact that we can't work in our shops or outdoor spaces year-round unless we have the proper setup.

However, I still managed to work on small projects, bringing equipment and tools inside the house, which creates the biggest mess in the garage. All the tools get scattered around the house and if they make it to the garage, they end up on the working table or bench.

The picture below is how my garage looked two weeks ago.

There was that big pile of stuff by the door waiting for me to take it to the recycling and donation centers.

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The garden tools were nicely placed on top of the table and the scrap pieces of wood seemed as if
 they were multiplying by the minute! 😨

Well, besides that, the main issue about this space was finding a place for everything.
-Oh, and that big card box there is the bathroom vanity and the railing is another project on the waiting list. :/

So, back to the main problem here, I decided to re-organize things, starting here with the pegboards. That space on the left never looks good. I had the paint sprayers up there, but the hoses and cords made that pegboard look messy.
I also had trouble with the garden tools there, they were difficult to access.

Those long clamps were always there on the floor and falling sideways each time I got to that area. :/

The simple solution: Remove everything from that board and start afresh.

But, first things first... Cleaning the floor!
Saw dust and pieces of wood get devoured by this tool
Ryobi DEVOUR Debris Sweeper

Getting rid of sawdust and pieces of wood at the same time has never been this easy. This Ryobi Devour Sweeper gets everything!

Before bringing this tool to the garage, I tested it with Legos inside the house. Hey, not trouble at all, those Legos were picked off the floor in no time.

I'm really impressed with this tool. It cleans wonderfully, it's cordless (you use the same Ryobi ONE+ batteries you use with other tools), it's very lightweight and you can store it vertically which means, it doesn't take up much space.

You can see it in action right here:

Milwaukee Brushless Cordless HACKZALL reciprocating saw  |  Milwaukee 12in. 7/11 teeth per in. Wrecker demo Blades

I brought in all the tools that had been scattered throughout the house. This Milwaukee Hackzall might be my favorite reciprocating saw. It's a powerful, compact, one-handed saw that fits so well in my hand!

This is going to be the one to use to trim the trees in the backyard.

Ryobi  Impact DriverDeWalt Drill DriverRidgid Impact Wrench  |  Milwaukee Hex Impact Driver |

The other tools that I needed here in the garage were my favorite impact drivers, and hammer drills...
A little DIY - drill holder was needed to put this troop in order.

Husky SAE Long-Pattern Universal Combination Wrench Set (10 piece)
Husky Metric Long-Pattern Universal Combination Wrench Set (10 piece) is not shown.

Next in line, are the Husky wrench sets, which are a must-have in every home. I love the black tone with silver finish for easy reading of the specific size. Both, SAE and metric sets, consist of 10 wrenches in a handy carrying case that's very secure as they snap in and out of position.

And well, here's how they all look in one place.

My next post will be all about building an easy shelf to store the drill/drivers, perfect to get rid of some pieces from the scrap pile.

You can check that DRILL SHELF PROJECT right HERE.

Here's the same area all organized. Ha, except for those boards on the floor. ;)

Ryobi power tools
Ryobi Brushless Circular Saw

On the other side, my Ryobi troop is still looking great since the first time I organized it.

Makita Compact Reciprocating Saw  |  Milwaukee Hackzall  |  DeWalt Cordless Circular Saw  |  Ryobi Leaf Blower

And did you notice the clamps up there?

I found an easy way to hang them. 

Ryobi Devour Debris Sweeper
Ryobi DEVOUR Debris Sweeper

Last but not least, here they're →

how to organize the pegboard

five simple steps to bring order to the pegboard
These are the steps I always follow to bring order to the pegboards in my garage:

1. Messy or not functioning properly

Decide what area of the pegboard is not working (maybe some tools are hard to reach) or it doesn't look organized.

2. Empty it!

Get rid of everything you have there.

3. Sort

Decide what tools you want to keep there, on the pegboard. Place them on the floor or large surface and sort them out... There are many possibilities, hand tools, power tools, measuring tools, clamps, screws, etc. It is up to you to decide which way you want to keep them organized.

4. Hang them in place

Bring those sets of tools back to the pegboard and start hanging them. You'll need a good assortment of hooks to set them in place. The tools I used the most are placed in the areas where I have no trouble grabbing them. Tools I don't use much are hung on the upper part of the pegboard (you tall people might not think the same), or in the corners.

5. Leave room to grow

Leave a bit of space in between sets, you never know when that extra space might come in handy for a new tool in your collection.

I hope that helps! For more Garage DIY ideas check these out:


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