What’s a better way to kick off your goals in the New Year than with a clean slate and an organized shop? Understandably, considering the many responsibilities that come with being a shop owner, tidiness doesn’t exactly place at the top of the list. No one expects an automotive shop to be as clean as a retail store, and while shop appearance is important for you and your customers, it’s more about your shop’s functionality. Here are some simple steps that will help you organize and greatly impact the productivity of your team.
The key to organization is knowing where everything is. By implementing a little organization, you can keep monthly tabs of inventory and record of how often you may need parts and tools restocked. Unexpected situations or repairs may call for a specific tool or part, and not being able to locate it simply wastes time for you and your customers. A quick fix to this is assigning separately organized shelves or cabinets for your repair tools and parts, and taking monthly note of when you might need a replacement or restock.
Safely move heavy tool cabinets and sheds with wheels. Easily tidy up and mobilize your garage in minutes by sliding your equipment around as needed. Avoid equipment that is difficult to move or mounted to the ground. Mobile equipment on wheels will allow tools to be accessible to your techs at any time, and think of how easy it would be to simply push something out of the way when you need space.
Avoid a cluttered work environment by creating storage space in your garage. Consider storing large unused items in overhead shelves or elevated cabinets. If you do not have elevated ceilings, you can use wall mounts to make individual parts for shelves and assign organized drawers to create a different look for your wall.
These small steps to maintaining an organized shop are essential to a functional and productive shop. Manage small parts and total inventory to avoid profit loss and disorder. Get repair orders done on time without the stress, and enjoy happy customers and employees!
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