Whether it is a hobby or your profession, doing a project in your workshop always seems to get messy. Having a messy workshop, in turn, reduces productivity and wastes time. It also raises some safety issues and health risks.
While working on your masterpiece, you may not want to take the time to keep your workspace clean. However, you will find that it saves time and frustration in the long run. It is always exasperating when you cannot find the tool you are looking for because it is hidden under piles of clutter.
You have to keep your atelier organized to save time, increase efficiency, and have better results. Here are some easy tips for keeping your workplace organized and tidy.
Get Rid of Everything Useless
First things first, scan the entire workroom. Get a large garbage bag and chuck in the things you do not need anymore. Clean out your shelves, drawers, and other storage units.
Get rid of that expired varnish, discard the moldy paint, throw away the torn-out canvas you ripped in a fit of frustration. Throw away all the wood shavings that gathered on the floor. You do not need that malfunctioning drill anymore, and it is also dangerous to keep it around.
You need space to keep the objects that are still useful. By scrapping the purposeless things, you will have more room to store useful items in places you can easily find them.
After getting rid of the things that are no longer of use, you need to purchase some equipment to replace them. You need a proper toolkit and accessible storage compartments for the tools necessary for your next activity.
You can visit woodworkingtoolkit.com for tips on creating an inventory for the instruments you need for your future projects.
Organize Your Workbench
Move the clutter and tools away from your workbench and clean it. Use a sharp tool or thinning solvents to remove dried glue, paint, and other various stains. Use a wet rag and wipe the surface of your bench to remove all the dust collected over time.
To protect the surface of your work table, apply a protectant solution to it. You can apply linseed oil to your wooden work counter. For preventive measures, you can cover your desk with rosin paper before starting your next assignment. Any spilled glue or paint will be absorbed by the paper. Tear off the paper and replace it with a new one when it gets dirty.
You can use tubs with covers to store your tools by category. Color code and label the containers for easy management. Also, make sure you have a bin or a trash can in the room so you can keep it tidy as you go.
Ventilate Your Workspace
Fumes and other toxic emissions get built up in your workshop. These are very injurious to health, especially to your respiratory system. Air out the room, making sure to remove any cobwebs or dust clumps on the corners of the walls and ceiling.
If you have a window in the workspace, open it and let the air in. Keep the door open to aerate the room. Install an air filter or make one yourself. It is more affordable to DIY your own air purifier.Simply purchase a box fan from the nearest hardware store and fasten a furnace filter to one of its sides to clean the air as it is sucked through the fan. If you already have an extractor fan in your workspace, make sure you take the time to clean it.
One at a Time
Start your cleaning process from top to bottom, leaving the floor for the end. The last thing you will want to do is clean up the dirt, debris, and dust you’ve brushed off all the objects in your room.
For starters, begin by wiping down your finished pieces and covering them with a clean cloth. This will prevent your handmade products from being contaminated by the dirt and dust that you’ll be stirring up. It will also extend the longevity of your prized workpieces.
If you are a germaphobe, you can also sanitize your entire workroom. You can use various disinfectants and solutions on the surfaces in the workspace. However, you should read the instructions properly and take measures to not be poisoned by the strong chemicals. Alternatively, you can call sanitizing experts to do it for you.
Get on the Floor
Once the room is clean, finish by removing all the debris. It is better to vacuum the floor rather than sweeping it. Sweeping only disintegrates the collected dust but fails to remove it completely. The fragmented dust settles again on another surface and your efforts go to waste.
Vacuuming sucks in all the dust and contains it in a secured pouch that can be easily cleaned later. If the conditions of your floor are disastrous and you feel like the cleaning process will be excruciating, you can invest in pressure washing. Before scrubbing your floors, clean your shelves and dust off your finished projects as mentioned earlier.
If you have concrete flooring, you can seal the surface. Improperly sealed concrete breaks off into pieces and becomes dust. If the floor of your studio is wood, then apply a protective layer like varnish and oil on it. You can also cover your cleaned floor with a soft carpet to protect the surface and keep it clean.
Keep Everything in Place
It is annoying when you cannot find the equipment you need when working on a project. Searching through all your stuff is also very time-consuming and frustrating. To prevent having to rummage through your tools and wasting time, you need to keep them organized.
Allocate your possessions in assigned locations in your workroom. This will help you keep everything organized and will make it easier for you to find the tools you need. Label the shelves and arrange the assigned items accordingly.
After using your tools, put them back into their place. Keep the tools you regularly use close to your workbench. For instance, small things like pencils and paper should be kept in a drawer of your workstation or on a shelf nearby. Make sure the items you use the most are easily accessible when you are working.
Assign a day, maybe on a monthly basis, where you tidy up your atelier. If you are too busy and do not have the energy to make your workspace spic and span, you can get expert cleaning services. You can set a day on your calendar where you fully commit to straightening out your work studio.
Productivity at its Best
Your productivity will be at its peak when you are working in a well-maintained and organized workspace. Your hobby will be more fun and fulfilling if you do it in a place where you are comfortable and effective.