As you've seen many times before, here is my basement workbench (in the far back, behind all the junk in the front). Note the chandelier, the windshield wiper fluid, Ikea Ribba picture ledges, a suitcase and 400 other pounds of detritus.
I have zero desire to spend any money on redoing this area, as we are moving in six months (hello, rats!), and this type of organizational stuff won't move with us. My goal was to clear off the top of the bench, and get all the tools sorted and in one place.
Slowly but surely I worked my way down the bench. I made a scrap wood/Ikea Ribba picture ledge pile in the corner. I put the chandelier out on the front porch for donation; it gives a nice Tobacco Road feel to our curb appeal. I put the suitcase back with the other suitcases.
Then I went piece by piece, sorting all the tools, screws, nails, and odds and ends into different categories. I used cardboard boxes and plastic bins we had on hand. This took about 3 hours.
There is shelving right behind that pole to the right, which is why there aren't any pictures of the bench head on. Please forgive the flash photography, as my basement doesn't get much light, especially when I am taking pictures at 10:30 pm.
There are eleven bins, separated into a box of hammers, leftover Ikea screws, furniture casters, brackets, curtain paraphernalia, a million boxes of screws in packs that you buy from Home Depot, a separate bin of loose screws (SO MANY SCREWS), various other junk, and two plastic thingamajigs that have little drawers, which contain tools separated by category.
Below the workbench are a rubbermaid bin of cleaning supplies, a rubbermaid bin of tools like drills and saws, and a rubbermaid bin of home decor items not currently being used. Surprisingly, I threw out or donated very little; it was just a matter of organizing what was there. It would be helpful if I could find my label maker so I could label all the bins. For now I will probably buy a pack of sticky-notes.
Behold, my NINE hammers.
I'm pretty sure there are two more hammers in the junk drawer in the kitchen.
I am making headway. I have cleaned at least 11 percent of the basement so far. I will assert dominion over the other 89 percent eventually.
Edited to add: I am linking this post to Pancakes and French Fries William Morris Project.