Garages are no easy feat for even the best organizers. Even if they are not laborious, they can be time consuming. DIY equipment is usually the most prominent clutter followed by home storage. When it comes to the perfect decluttering method for you, I say to start small. And this is exactly that!
Hopefully, you have at least an idea of what’s in your garage, even if it’s in multiple locations. But even if you don’t, this is one of those organization hacks that can easily be added to as stuff gets dug out!
I was a handy person long before my Orderly Other came along, but once he did, the tools and supplies just started piling up! When it comes to DIY, we both design, he measures and cuts, I do all sanding and finishing, and he installs. That said, I deal with the little things that pile up and sand paper is one of the most annoying things for me to store!
First of all, the packaging is practically open when you buy it, so that you can feel and see the grit, which means that once you start cutting off sanding block squares and woman-handling it, it never goes back in neatly and it drives me crazy!
Sadly, it has been driving me crazy for at least 8 years or so! But, I always had my essentials in one filing box and I didn’t care. But now, as slowly renovating homeowners, we need sand paper all the time. So, we have a lot. Here’s just a small stack I found initially and all the problem areas I hate fighting with when I’m putting it all away. The stuff practically falls out begging to be used, but I generally don’t need every single piece!
I had this organization idea for well over a year when it started piling up, but going to the store to get this one thing was never a priority nor was it engrained in my memory enough during my regular store runs to get it then.
What I liked about my idea was that I could throw the sand paper in folded, bent, torn, tiny, or fully in tact and it wouldn’t get jammed up on corners, flaps, or tears in the packaging. I could easily see which grits were where. If I bought new grits, I could easily add them to the mix while keeping it neat. And if I dropped it, nothing would fall out and irritate me.
I did have one hiccup, however, when putting it all together. See, we don’t have every grit. Thank God. In fact, for the most part, we just buy the same grits we already had when we run out. But, I knew we would eventually get more as we got more advanced, and I was curious as to how many there were. I really wanted to make sure this worked in the long run.
What if it wasn’t big enough? And then I wondered if we would, in fact, ever buy outside of the grits we currently had, what were the other grits even for? I had no idea and you would be frustratingly surprised to know that you cannot find that information in one thorough spot. I just wanted to be able to print something out really quick as a guide to include with all of my easy-to-find sand paper sheets, but I seriously couldn’t find anything. I had to sift through multiple sites to get an idea but I knew I would forget what each one was best for.
So, first, I made my own guide, dangit! Then, I made it into a printable PDF just for you, because that’s just how I roll. There’s plenty of space to add your own notes to the grits too!
Then, finally, for me and you, I went to the store just for a 13-pocket expanding file folder. Don’t forget,
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But, you can get them anywhere! And it was exactly what I envisioned!
So. Stinkin. Easy. I just wish I’d done it sooner! But I did have to make my own labels…grrr…make sure to check your file before you buy it, because now I’m not sure if they even come with precut labels. Lame. But I printed my guide on the same tool-esque, lime green paper so you can see it anywhere. Cause, you know, I’m sure it’s steal-worthy.
So, do you have any projects coming up that could use some easy-to-find and easy-to-clean-up sanding? Or maybe you know another way to store these annoying pieces of paper! If so, please share in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!