To be honest what got me into the kick of re-organization was watching a podcast (on Youtube) from TESTED called Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project The topics at hand can get a little wild and off topic but they always come full circle with Adam Savage (of Mythbusters) giving a bunch of helpful hints and tips he uses around his shop.
What I have found out after listening and watching these videos is, I have kinda been doing it wrong all along. Now everyone has different workflows and habits, but Adam inspired me to take an introspective look at how I organized and use my tools. What I found out is I practically hid my most used tools and some of my least used items are in plain view. Now there is a reason for this I assure you.
See I grew up on a farm, the type of farm that rarely (if ever) took any piece of equipment into a professional shop. All repairs and maintenance was done on the premise by me and my family. Thus, we have/had a lot of tools stored in many places and in most cases doubles or triples of lots of things. Seconds and thirds were stored in portable tool boxes for easy transport to do remote repairs in the field with the main tools stored in the large shop building.
When I grew up and got out on my own I bought my own sets of tools (metric and SAE) and because at the time I had no permanent shop or storage area my tools stayed in the portable boxes, they came with me on offroad rides, races, basically they needed to stay portable. When I finally bought a house with a garage that would eventually serve as a shop, I still stored my tools in portable boxes even though I had all the space I needed to make their storage more permanent. I guess old habits are hard to break.
After listening to the podcasts it really made me think about how my tools I use the most were stored, still in boxes that I would have to dig out just for one socket or open end wrench. So onward with my organization, this will be a ongoing process that I will update here with pictures and video. I also plan on making a short series about tools you should have in your shop, no matter how large or small, if you are going to work on motorcycles. Keep checking back for more, and let me know if there are any questions you would like me to answer in a future video. Leave them in the comments.