Get your home improvement projects off to a better start and finish with good organization – from the get-go. With organization, you can have everything you need for your project at your finger tips, all in one central location. Plus you’ll be able to work from start to finish without wasting precious time, energy and funds looking for and replacing things (instructions, tools, nails, blueprints, measuring tape, etc.) for your projects. So get ready, here are some helpful tips on how to get organized with your home improvement projects.
Basic Organizing for Your Tools & Projects
Your mission here, should you decide to accept it, is to set up a central information and storage where you have everything all in one place. This system does not need to be expensive and fancy; it just needs to work – for you.
Start by looking around your home environment for a place to set up your organizational headquarters; a shed, basement area, garage area, barn or other out building, for example. And in no particular order, begin working on your organization there with the following main points of focus:
– Establish an information center for all of your documents: work orders, project plans and blueprints, receipts, equipment instructions, etc. If can be an old metal file cabinet or toolbox with drawers, sturdy wipe-down plastic carrying containers that you can stack, an old chest of drawers or some odds and ends shelving units.
– Then using the storage space, insert files and folders for your project materials brochures, instructions, receipts, bids, etc. The results will be all your info in one main place for handy, convenient access round the clock.
– Set up an area for your continuing training and other educational materials: books, how-to videos, audio cassettes, home improvement magazines, helpful articles copied off the Internet, guides, reports and other learning materials.
– Insert some small boxes or other types of storage containers to hold small tools like pencils, pens, note tablets, rulers, tape, glue, tape measures, etc.
– Then arrange your equipment in larger surrounding storage units, shelves, cabinets, bins, and on wall hooks. Check out organizational aids at local hardware stores and stores like Wal-Mart or Target or wholesale / discount centers for good buys.
By planning ahead, you’ll be ready for your projects from start to finish. The time you save looking for things and the money you save on buying duplicate items (because you can’t find them), can them be invested in your projects – or more fun tools and storage equipment!