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Organize Your Tools in One Weekend with This DIY Work Station

published Jul 2, 2019
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Credit: Rikki Snyder

We’ve all put off fixing a broken doorknob or restitching a seam for longer than we’d care to admit, despite the deep satisfaction that arrives when we finally get around to it. Why does it take so long to make small repairs when we know how much they matter to our daily lives? Even the little things can feel overwhelming when we’re not organized, which is why a dedicated fix-it station makes all the difference. Assembled from a few affordable Walmart essentials, this simple pegboard project will get you set up for all those little projects that make your home work so much smoother.

Credit: Rikki Snyder

Pin Up a Pegboard

A pegboard puts an end to rooting around for tools in a dusty box or drawer, allowing you to see everything at once. There’s no need to spend time on a custom design when there are pegboard sets — complete with hooks and bins — you can just bring home, install, and start using. Arrange U-hooks and rings to hold hammers, wrenches, pliers, and a screwdriver set.

Credit: Rikki Snyder

Sort the Small Stuff

For little things like brushes, craft tools, twine, and scissors, hang clear jars and containers, so you’ll be able to quickly spot what you need. Mason jars are a pretty and practical way to display things. Tools you might not want to keep in the open, like a glue gun, can go inside a classic metal toolbox. Colorful fabric bundles and spools of thread look great in baskets.

Credit: Rikki Snyder

Set Up a Work Surface

A heavy-duty workbench and stool provide a place to make quick fixes or enjoy craft projects. Add a task lamp for proper lighting and waste bin for wood shavings, bent nails, and throwaway scraps. To make it a fun place to while away an hour or two, don’t forget to decorate! Hanging planters and a cute wall clock are just enough to transform a corner of the garage into your go-to spot.