Working on a car can create a mess. The tools and time that are required will quickly result in disorganized piles. This could cause problems over time like lost or damage items. There are a few basic tips that anyone can use to help keep a workspace clean when repairing a car.

Following good workplace safety guidelines will help to keep a workspace clean and organized. Any powered tools, compressors or other pieces of shop machinery that are used need to be deactivated and then returned to the proper location once a task is done. This will keep cables out of walkways and will guarantee the item can be found the next time it is needed.

  • It is a good idea to keep one or more mobile organizers on hand for shuttling tools between a stationary cabinet and the workspace. This will make it easier to manage small pieces like socket attachments. A toolbox or rolling cart will keep everything in a single location so that it can be moved around easily and then replaced at the end of the day.
  • Any fluids or beverages that spill should be cleaned up immediately whenever possible. It is easy to forget that there is a puddle from your last oil change or brake fluid on the ground if work continues after the spill. This will make the floor dangerous. The puddle could also eventually spread and coat tools or power cables in the area. Dealing with a spill immediately will prevent this from happening.
  • It is important to have a wide selection of tools available so that any unexpected situation can be handled efficiently. There does come a time when some tools start to wear out or break. These tools should be disposed of when they are no longer useful. Throwing away old or useless tools will help to keep an area clean and organized by eliminating unnecessary clutter.

Take time to stop and clean at the end of each day or between projects. Return tools to the correct location between repairs so that they can be easily found. Keep commonly used tools in a portable toolbox or carrier. Taking time to focus on cleaning will stop an area from becoming an unmanageable mess.

The best way to work is to complete a single task or project before moving on to the next one. This will ensure that nothing is being forgotten. It will also reduce the need to have a range of tools spread out all over the workspace. Each repair or task should be completed before moving on to another area. Tools and other items need to be returned to the correct location after the job is done. This will help to maintain cleanliness and organization throughout the day.