This post is about organizing.
From a person whose desk looks like a paper truck collided with an armored car.
An armored car that only carries pennies.
And both trucks were struck by a rocket-propelled grenade—a grenade filled with cat hair.
Anyway…when I was a kid, my mom used the excuse “he’s creative.”
So I decided to organize one of the places where I can be creative.
I have to say that’s the one place I am fairly organized. Everything has it’s place. The trouble is that I’ve accumulated way too much stuff in my 15 years of homeownership.
I’d go to Lowe’s to get some stuff for a project and I’d buy a bigger box of screws than I needed so I could avoid a trip later.
Or the ol’…
“I’ll buy an extra one and return it if I don’t use it.”
Then I forget to return it. Or…
“aww crap. Was that 10-24 or 8-32 machine threads? I’ll just get both.”
“Look at those blue wall anchors. And the yellow. Wait. I don’t have these green ones. And those look new. Yeah, I need them too. Hey is that a new drill?”
I’m sure there’s another 1400 scenarios I’ve left out.
But it got to the point that I was buying double because I couldn’t find what I had or didn’t know I had it.
Machine screws. Drywall screws. Wood screws. Sheet metal. Self-tapping. Zinc, brass and stainless steel.
Yeah. All of that.
Screws times washers times nails times nuts times SAE times metric times 15 years.
I basically have a mini-Lowe’s in my backyard.
So I wanted to organize it like one.
And I built a small parts organizer organizer. Yup. Organized the organizers.
I won’t go through the details of cutting wood, but will hit on the highlights of construction here. And you can download plans to build this parts sorter organizer that includes a cut list.
Get the plans
Now that you downloaded the plans, you can see what I cut and how it goes together. Let’s move on to photos.
So go and build a sorter organizer for your garage or workshop. Maybe you have one and it’s better than mine. Then tell me about it. Pin something, repost, like and share on your spacebooks and myfaces.
Get the plans
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