There’s something so satisfying about a well-organized workshop. Maker Zack Freedman shows how he brought order to chaos by creating a wall of parts bins that create a smooth gradient when all the drawers are in their proper places. He 3D printed the faceplates using rainbow filament and laser cut the drawer labels.
THE BEST Organization
Like many of you, we’ve collected quite a few tools, pens, flashlights, and other pocketable accessories. But we don’t want to stuff our pants pockets all the time. Everyday Carry is here with their picks for 14 small organizer pouches which offer plenty of straps and internal pockets for keeping your small gear at the ready.
Keep your pocket tools, watches, and other EDC gear organized with this lockable display valet from Drop. It holds up to 7 knives, 3 watches, a wallet, and 2 full-size pens or 4 small flashlights, and has a USB pass-through for charging. An optional storage drawer ($50) stacks beneath the main section for added capacity.
This bullet-shaped storage capsule is perfect for carrying emergency pills or tightly-rolled cash. The mini-size version has a depth of 0.5″, while the medium is 0.84″ deep. It’s made from titanium and has a waterproof o-ring seal. Comes with a keychain split ring, as well as a stainless steel necklace.
Keep your wine bottles organized while showing them off with these modular racks from Amazua. The “U” shaped shelves hold one bottle in each direction, and can be stacked in any pattern you want. Made from ABS plastic with automotive-grade silver coating. Sold in sets of two.
These 4.3″ x 2″ gel strips have a sticky nano-suction material on both sides. They’re strong enough to hold items weighing up to 2.2 lb. on smooth surfaces, and can be cleaned and reused up to 1000 times with a simple rinse with water. Sold in packs of 12. Special discount price at Touch of Modern through 8.26.2020.
You’ve spent your hard-earned cash building a collection of great tools, watches, and other pocketable items. Don’t leave them lying around to get lost. Everyday Carry picked 12 really nice valet trays for organizing your gear at home. We’re suckers for compartments, so the Drop Cache is our fave.
This soft-sided tool bag is made from durable 1000D PVC, which resists tears, punctures, water, and UV damage. Inside, you’ll find a large main compartment and eight small tool pouches, along with two pockets on front. Its high-visibility orange design is easy to spot, and has reflective stripes on its shoulder strap. Measures 14.5″ x 9.5″ x 8″.
This military-inspired accessory is great for carrying small items. Its oval shape and bumpy body resemble a hand grenade, while its hanging loop looks like a pin ready to be pulled. Inside, you’ll find a zippered compartment and a place to hang your keys. You can find a similar pouch in more colors over on Amazon.
Urban Article’s hanging wall organizer stands out from the crowd thanks to its stitched leather construction. Simply hang via the brass grommet at top, then use it to store pens, pencils, eyeglasses, or other small items. Available in single, double, or triple sizes, as well as a horizontal version for mail and other wider items.
This sturdy and inexpensive carrying case from Keter is made from weather-resistant polypropylene, and offers plenty of space for organizing small tools inside. It’s got tool holders in its lid, along with adjustable dividers in its main compartment, and a removable bin for small parts. Measures 18.9″L x 14.96″W x 6.89″H.
This mat doesn’t just protect your desktop from wear, it keeps it organized. It has a smooth work surface for your computer and a mouse, and a felt layer that keeps papers out of the way. Its tray is ideal for pens and pencils, and a magnetic holder keeps cables in place. Available in 14.5″ x 26.7″ and 16.5″ x 35″ sizes.
Unlike tabletop organizers made from plastic or wood, Dango’s aluminum tray is made to be as substantial as the items you place in it. It’s got compartments for phones, wallets, keys, pocket tools, and other EDC, built-in cable management, and can be equipped with DTEX pads for added protection of your items.
We’ve seen some pretty sweet tiny houses over the years, but this is the first time we’ve seen a tiny workshop. Artist Stephen Watson built himself a place to work on his projects that measures just 8′ x 6′ (48 square feet.) It’s a great demonstration of what can be done with a small space and a fastidious approach to organization.
Backed with heavy duty Velcro fasteners, these straps are ideal for hanging up everything from garden hoses to power tools to extension cords in your workshop or garage. They come in capacities from 50 to 300 lb, and feature a spring-loaded quick-release carabiner hook.
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean your desk should be a mess. Urban Minimalist’s smart looking desk organizer has spaces for your phone, pens, pencils, business cards, and everyday objects. It’s made form cast concrete and has a recycled cork bottom to protect surfaces from scratches.
CleverMade’s lightweight plastic crates make it easy to store and carry loose items, but then get out of the way when they’re not in use. They have built-in handles and their removable lid secures to the bottom of the crate. Available in a variety of sizes, with either solid or open sides. Sold three to a pack.
This customizable organizer system helps keep your desk free of clutter. Its consists of two different kinds of board and a set of pockets, clips, and holders, each of which attaches magnetically. It’s available as a angled desktop model as well as a portable folio, and you can easily rearrange and swap items between them.
There are lots of ways to keep tools organized, but there’s something very satisfying about custom-cut foam dividers that hold tools perfectly in place. The guys at Shadow Foam make that kind of dense foam, and recently used a huge sheet of it to create an epic wall for mounting and organizing all their Makita power tools.
Bull Tools’ large tool roll is great for organization and storage, with 22 graduated pockets that hold different sizes of wrenches, along with four additional pockets for other items. Made from 24-ounce, waterproof duck canvas, it opens up to 30″ x 13.5″, and rolls up to about 5″ x 13.5″.
If you have lots of small parts in your workshop, it can be a challenge to keep them organized. Engineer Dustin Dobransky built a voice-based system using Google Home, IFTTT, a Particle Photon microcontroller, and LED strip lights to place and find items in unlabeled bins. Complete build details on Instructables.
Plan Station’s ingenious invention lets you add a desk anywhere you have some wall studs to hang it from. Simply load two 24″ x 48″ sheets of plywood into its nylon sleeves, and you’ll get a work surface and more than 20 pockets for pens, papers, and more. Great for construction sites, garages, or temporary work at home spaces.
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