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    Default How do you keep your work areas useable?

    Note to admins: not sure if this is the right place, please move if there's a better forum.

    for everyone else: note I used the word "usable" as opposed to "clean"

    I just started building new module, which I am LOVING btw

    it is built over my work bench, which is considerable in size (also there are two). Yet I can't seem to keep at least one square foot of surface area void of clutter.

    So I guess i'm asking for photo's of your organizational skills (or lack there of so I don't feel so alone )

    here it is:
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    one thing that I have done is to use a 12-18" square of foam insulation on the layout. I then try to limit wandering tools and materials from getting off the square. As for my workbench - oh my that is another story. Tough to keep organized and I'm always misplacing things.
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    Keeping it clear of clutter is like chasing the rainbow. That's why no one has ever claimed the pot of gold.

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    Every so often, especially after a project is done. I will put away tools, extra detail parts, paints, decals and supplies. Then the cycle will start over again.

    This is how my work bench looks mid project:



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    At the moment, my layout and workbench are one and the same. I clean it up once in a while but it returns to a cluttered cluster. Funny part is, when it is messy I can find everything I need, when I need it. When I clean up I spend more time looking for that specific tool or part then I do on the project at hand.

    So that being said, your just normal to me there Charles.
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    XF that is the work of a sick mind!

    very nice!
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    This is a sign of a sick mind or you have nothing more to do?

    Edit: I just seen Gene's post! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent1961 View Post
    Funny part is, when it is messy I can find everything I need, when I need it. When I clean up I spend more time looking for that specific tool or part then I do on the project at hand.
    That's why I don't clean mine very often! Everything is right where I left it! If I clean, then I'm hunting everything down wasting valuable modeling time!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    This is a sign of a sick mind or you have nothing more to do?

    Edit: I just seen Gene's post! lol
    Kevin WANTS us to believe this is what his work area looks like. Maybe even dreams of it looking this way. He obviously does his work elsewhere. He merely staged the area by placing a length of flex on the desk. The mechanics tool cabinet is a good idea, if one could afford such a luxury.
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    Work area - isn't that what the kitchen table is for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent1961 View Post
    Kevin WANTS us to believe this is what his work area looks like. Maybe even dreams of it looking this way. He obviously does his work elsewhere. He merely staged the area by placing a length of flex on the desk. The mechanics tool cabinet is a good idea, if one could afford such a luxury.
    Shall I open each drawer and prove my insanity? Years of working aircraft has me thinking this way.

    Would it bother all of you if I said my daughter used this tool box for makeup? She does weddings and such and used this for storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Realwally View Post
    Work area - isn't that what the kitchen table is for?
    In my case, I use my dining room table. I'm not married and don't have kids so I'm good. I hardly use the table for eating. My date is always with dinner with TV in living room. Here's my temporary work station empty at the moment.......

    And it only takes minutes to set it up (or take it down) with a few items starting with 2x2' hardboard to hold my stuff. I use plastic sheet or old newspaper to cover the board if I'm going to do some small painting job. I have a test track for HO and N scale with power pack, Kadee wheel cleaner, and foam holder for locomotive and rolling stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BNSF733 View Post
    k. BTW, I have sticky this thread so we all can find it.
    Sticky?! Zos quickly removes messy photo from permanent display....



    jk.... I should post a new photo of how it looks now that i cleaned up

    BEFORE:

    AFTER:


    not a very dramatic difference though is it
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    Shelves

    cabinets

    drawers

    milk crates

    file cabinets

    small parts bins

    tool boxes

    fishing tackle boxes
    (The voices I hear in my head may not be real, but sometimes they come up with a good idea.)

    Have fun.

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    zomsimas, the only difference I see is the Beer is gone. I like that cleaning tectonic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comfortably numb View Post
    zomsimas, the only difference I see is the Beer is gone. I like that cleaning tectonic.
    There's a few things.... dremel work station has been moved, the brown desk on the right is cleaned off.... and there's a little more surface area visible

    but yeah... it looked cleaner in person.

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    dang camera always distorts things!
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    Oh, to have a neat, tidy, little cubby of a work area. I have tried to "clean up" after a project, but alas, I FAIL. LOL I have like 25 or more projects going on at the same time, that the crux of my problem. Doing a woodworking project for a friend, several "Honey-Do" items on the list, I have a few "I want to" items, then there is yard work, and... Well, I guess you get the idea. I am making headway at cleaning the OTHER side of my 2-car garage, but at the moment, I have a riding mower/push mower/the wife flower & plant stuff. But I am working on it, as well as my little layout. And after spending the last week in the hospital, I am just that much further behind my own power curve.

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    Great line above, a clean work area is like chasing a rainbow. However, living with a teenager and two pre-teens, I have come to the conclusion that my working area is by far cleaner than what they chose to live (that's until Momzilla appears to kick ass and take names.) Good thing my room has a door and Momzilla is too tired to worry about my mess outside of a 'please close the door when we have company.'




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