Organize Your Work Station

Restore order to your space using our easy expert tips.

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Tips From An Expert

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When it's time to fix a wobbly table or tighten a loose knob, tracking down the right screwdriver can be frustrating. Norma Vally, author of Bathroom Fix-Ups, says having the essentials in place is key to effortless home repairs.


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Getting The Hang Of It

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Install pegboard (available at hardware stores) on the wall for hanging supplies like paintbrushes, ladders or hand brooms.


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A Place For Everything

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Place items that are rarely used—drop cloths, power tools—on a high shelf.


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Stowaway

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Screw the caps of old glass jars to the bottom of a shelf for instant recycled storage. Stow nails, nuts or bolts in each and label accordingly.


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Birds Of A Feather

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Group like objects in one spot. For example, keep paint supplies in one container, twine and tape in another.


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Ditch Or Donate

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Pare down by checking out the condition of your tools. Rusted? Cracked handle? Toss them. And if you have multiples of the same one, donate.


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How Low Can You Go?

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Never stock heavy or bulky products like paint gallons up high. Put away within reach on a low shelf, where they'll be easier to lift.


Smart Idea: If you have a quarter of a gallon or less of leftover paint, pour it into a glass jar so it stays fresh longer. Label it by room and color.


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Make Space For Projects

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Invest in a workbench for frequently used belongings, such as hammers or safety goggles. Keep the surface clean for spontaneous projects.


Originally published in the August 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine.


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Organizing Your Home

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Watch our video series for organizing and creating storage in your bathroom, hall closet, kitchen or kids` room.