I work at Costco full time and we have a knack for keeping things “Neat, Clean, and Straight”. Not only does it look great when things are that way, but you can find and get to things easier, it’s safer, and you can be more efficient.
In the shop, it shouldn’t be any different.
Your work area needs to:
1. Look good (if not for yourself then at least to impress your friends)
2. Be safe to work in, especially when you are working with tools or machines
3. Allow you to be efficient. Let’s face it; the more you can knock out in an hour, the better it is for business.
Your chances are best when you keep things “neat, clean, and straight”. Here’s a “Before and After” of a workshop. Which one would you rather do your work in?
Of course, not everyone can build cabinets like this, but I think you get the idea. Heck, you can even go to garage sales or ReStore: Habitat for Humanity and pick up some cabinets. I’ve even found some on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on them. You can pick those up and then just stick a solid-core door slab on top and call it good.
It’s important to keep your work area Neat, Clean, and Straight, but if you want to get more detailed about your tools and keeping them organized, there’s a great post by Solving Citizen, on a system that does exactly that. It’s called 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain). This system is a perfect way to help maintain order in your shop. Your shop will be the cleanest and the fastest hunk of junk on the block!
Here are some more photos that will hopefully inspire you to tidy up your shop!
Thank you for reading and I’ll catch ya later!