Here is hints and tips on how to organize your shop. The actual process and some of the organizational accessories.
Step 1: Sorting
Decide what each box, bin, or Ziploc bag is going to be for.(or decide as you go.) start throwing all the misc. tools in a box. All the scrap metal in another, Cords and electronics in another, Welding supply, specialty tools, nuts & bolts & screws & nails, Epoxies, whatever you work with just organize it in some manner.
Step 2: Let the process begin!
I had to consider:
How often will they be used?
Where will the be used?
What is the easiest access?
Necessary tools, so they'll be used very often. They need to be easily accessible so I wanted them to be hanging on a wall, I also wanted to be able to move them around because they would need to be used all over and hopefully rolled outside also. A cart. Carts are expensive. This is where it gets difficult, because I used a welder. I suggest you buy one. Harbor freight has them on sale for like $90. MIG Welder (Very easy to use 110V) don't let the sound of welder scare you. I then used 1/2" Conduit Piping from Home Depot $1.98 for 10 feet.(cheaper than 2X4's) It took about 4 ten foot poles to make this cart. I chopped off the top of the tool boxes and stuck them on. I measured the size I needed and started loading it up with most needed things hanging and less often used tools in the boxes. I had chip board 4X8 for $7. I drilled holes where I wanted the tools. Stuck in bent nails with wood glue to keep it in place.
Next I needed all my sockets an ratchets to be very mobile possibly thrown into a car and taken to my brothers or laid on top an engine. Bought socket holders from harbor freight $0.99 a piece. Cut to size, holes drilled through metal and wood and zip tied down. Again welded metal rod to the side of the cart drilled holes in the wood and it slides on there and slides off.
I found some plastic holders at Fred Meyer for $9 and figured I could make something better for a lot cheaper. The answer to this was CD Holders from goodwill. These wire things are usually very cheap I got 2 long holders for $1 I used only one so far. You can see how I cut it at different places and then bent the free wires, it turned out better than I could have expected especially for the pliers rack. To cut everything metal I used an angle grinder with cut off wheels. you can get them as cheap as $9.99 at harbor freight(or if your going to use it often for heavier items put some money into a nice one.)
The next thing I knew I needed easy access to and the ability to move around was my air tools. So I pulled out the Air Tool Bin. I had heard of welding quickcoupler to a metal piece or a screwing it into a 2X4. I welded them onto the side of the cart going up and down. I can hold about 8 air tools, which really is all I need easy quick access to the rest can hang from the lower air compressor. Found the Quickcouplers on clearance at harborfreight $0.77 a piece you can get that deal on ebay often to. Make sure it's not the brass ones, I had one but I welded on a bolt and screwed it to the bolt.
The cart is amazing and saves me loads of time. Even $200 - 300 carts don't hold all this so organized. I wish I had spent more money on bigger wheels, kinda of a cheap wad that way. I got some 3" wheel off an old movers dolly. Harbor freight again has some big wheels for $5 a piece and I wish I would have done that $20 for life long better mobility would have been nicer. Again just weld the wheel on.
Step 3: Power Tools
For the storing of the power tools I headed of to goodwill for an Idea to come to me. I found a towel hanger maybe or maybe a shoe rack? Whatever it was it worked perfect, holds my tools beautifully. On the side I keep the long extension cord I just grab tool and the extension cord and get to work. I still have to loosely wind up the extension cord but don't see that as big of a deal as wrapping and unwrapping it around the tool.
Step 4: Wall Stuff
I was going to go with a pegboard, but decided it to be to much money for what simple thing I needed. It would have been $12 for the huge peg board, $6 for the 2X4 Backing and then all the little peg clips and some of the clamps are pretty heavy. Well you can see what I ended up making. screwed 2X4s to the studs hammered in larger nails to the 2X4 and welded the $1.98 for 10ft tubing to the larger nails.
I then nailed in nails(?) to the 2X4 and ran string across them you could use heavier string if you have heavier stuff but 4 layers of the twine was quite strong. I did the twine across 2X4's again on the other side to hold my non welding clamps, pullers, tie downs, and other future stuff.
Step 5: A Place for everything.
Step 6: Cart
Step 7: Wasted Space
You can see the long bench I also made from 2X4's and chip board. Strong, Cheap, and useful. When I get more stuff I'll put drawers on it. I slide the plastic tubs full of scrap metal underneath. Once you get the welder, start keeping anything metal that could be used later it comes in handy.