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Hidden Treasures

by Alan Noel

How many times have you purchased an item only to find another in your shop that has been around a while but forgotten?

Now that the wonderful days of Indian summer are coming to an end, it's a perfect time to wander indoors and take a good look at your shop to reassess the layout, rearrange the areas where clutter gathers and search through all the stuff that lingers on every shelf, in every cabinet and in all the nooks and crannies. I make it a point to clean out my shop at least twice a year. Despite my best efforts, however, I'm sometimes still forced to stop what I'm doing to tear apart my shop searching for the tool I need.

Sometimes the simplest tricks can help you get your shop in order and keep you from buying items you already have. Plus, in the process of cleaning up, you're bound to find some hidden treasures you tucked away and forgot about or that got buried in the clutter!

If you are constantly saying to yourself, "I know I have one – somewhere!" it may be time for you to organize your shop. Being able to actually use your workbench and find the tools you need without wasting time hunting for them is well worth it. Think of how much money you're going to save without having to go and purchase new items to replace the ones you lost. And for those things you forgot about and just don't need any more (or those that you found you have four of) there's always eBay - as they say, "One man's trash is another man's treasure"!


 
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