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How do you organize painting supplies?

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Organizing painting supplies involves making sure paint is stored safely, marking paint clearly and keeping only painting supplies that are really needed. Real Simple points out that very few painting tools and are actually required.

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All unneeded painting supplies should be purged before organizing the storage space. Basic painting supplies that should be kept include a 9-inch roller, a 2 1/2-inch flat paintbrush, a sash brush, painters tape, a drop cloth, a roller extension, a roller screen and a 5-gallon bucket. Some of the supplies can be stored inside the bucket to minimize storage space.

Paint must be stored at safe temperatures for safety reasons and to maintain the usability of the paint. Because paint is flammable, it must be stored away from any furnace or other heat sources and should not be kept in direct sunlight. The storage area for paint should remain at 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round to keep the paint usable. Paint cannot be allowed to freeze, because freezing changes its consistency. In addition, paint must be kept off the ground to avoid rust forming on the cans. Basements, if available, are often better storage places for paint than garages. Before storing paint, the color should be marked on the outside of the can by painting a small swash across the can and lid.

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