Most houses I’ve visited are pretty organized and tidy places. Vehicles, on the other hand, are almost always messy. If the normal person can’t keep his or her daily driver clean, how can a tradesman or travelling businessperson hope to have a clean car? The short answer is to have killer organization. The long answer is to read the rest of this article.
Killer Idea #1 – Roof Nets
One of the most common empty spaces, especially in a high-roofed van or truck, is the roof. Many tradesmen build intricate shelving on the walls and fancy drawers on the floor, but they leave tons of valuable space on the roof empty, according to Advantage Outfitters. Roof nets are perfect for storing lightweight items that need to be easily accessible. Perfect roof net items include: paper towels, safety glasses, rope, and tarps.
Not only is installing a roof net simple, it’s also very cheap compared to many other types of vehicle organization. There’s no need to purchase expensive plywood or spend lots of your time building custom shelving. Instead, you just make a few hanging points on your roof or strap the nets to existing bolts.
Killer Idea #2 – Sub-floor Drawers
The easiest way to have quick access to all of your tools and gear is to build drawers underneath the floor of your vehicle. Not only do drawers keep the back of your vehicle from looking cluttered, but they also allow you to easily access multiple layers of tools and gear without digging through piles. With built-in drawers, you can store all of your tools underneath the floor and still have plenty of floor space inside.
One of the main drawbacks of drawers is that they are difficult to build and require customization to fit each specific vehicle. However, the step-by-step guide below is sure to move the learning process along quickly.
Killer Idea #3 – Wall Pegboards
One of the most difficult challenges to work vehicle organization is that tools and gear are constantly changing. One day you might need to bring all of your hand tools to the job site, and the next day you might not need any of them. Thus, any killer vehicle organization idea should be as versatile as you are. Versatility is one of biggest benefits of wall pegboards. You can place tiny items like screws and nails in pegboard baskets, and you can hang larger items like wrenches from pegboard hooks.
In addition to versatility, wall pegboards also provide easy access. If your entire set of wrenches is hanging on the wall, it’s very easy to find the correct size to the task at hand. Additionally, it’s very easy to make sure you have your whole set of wrenches when you’re packing up for the day because there will be a clear spot missing if you don’t. The article below discusses further benefits of vehicles organization like wall pegboards.
Killer Idea #4 – Carabiners
Carabiners are the perfect organization accessory for items that don’t seem to fit anywhere. If you don’t have a spot to put that massive extension cord, grab a carabiner and hang it on the wall. If you can’t think of a way to stop that lawnmower from rolling around in the back of your van, get some carabiners and a length of rope to strap it down. If you always seem to be losing your flashlights, then clip them in the doorway of your vehicle to ensure they’re always within reach.
Carabiners have been around for decades, and since their invention they have only grown more and more popular. In the article below, Wikipedia describes many uses for carabiners from climbing and sailing to construction and industrial rope work. Even though you may not have a specific need for them now, Carabiners are the ideal hooks to have laying around for those random organization needs that can’t seem to be solved by anything else.
There you have it, 4 killer ideas for work vehicle organization. Whether you need to easy access of roof nets, the organization and convenience of sub-floor drawers, the versatility of wall pegboards, or the do-it-all mentality of carabiners, these 4 ideas are sure to make any work vehicle more organized and functional. Even though keeping a work vehicle organized can be a difficult and daunting task, it’s one of the best ways to increase efficiency in your business.