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a1Jim

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08-15-2015 02:37 PM

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Hey Gang
I just had a conversation with my wife about a book someone told her about called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” since I’m the saver and she’s the minimalist this subject of tidying up has been brought up before.
This subject caused me to look online about Ideas to organize things better.There are a lot of great tips out there ,but this guy takes the cake as far as being organized and innovative, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP2YTwpXGZM
Amazing! I use many of the tips I saw online but I still have too much stuff for the space I have. So my solution is to start by clearing things out of my shop I never use .

Are you happy with your shop? what would you change to make it better?
please share any organized shops you have seen.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture


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#1 posted 08-15-2015 02:52 PM

Jim,my shop is very well organized ( I am obsessive) and I would not change a thing.
My shop organization is pretty much like the one described in the video

-- Bert

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#2 posted 08-15-2015 02:54 PM

Jim, my wife just read that book. I don’t think anything is going to change, though. :-)

My shop is 1/2 of a 2-car garage, and I have a lot of stuff packed in there. I really wish I had more room, but I’m not willing to part with anything of significant size in there, because it is all stuff I use. Sure, there are some smaller tools I’ve collected over the years that I never really used as much as I thought I would when I bought them. I could get rid of some of those, but we’re not talking about a significant space gain by doing so.

My solution is to have all my bigger stuff on wheels so I can move things around to suit whatever I’m working on at the moment. That’s about the best I can do.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-15-2015 02:55 PM

Hey Bert good to hear from you. How about a couple photos of your shop ?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 08-15-2015 03:04 PM

Good one Charlie
Have equipment on wheels ,I agree.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 08-15-2015 03:04 PM

Many assume that I don’t ever USE my shop ‘cause it is clean and orderly.
I was taught to clean at the end of every day, and even tidy during the day.
Compulsive? I think not. I have a home for everything.
Just my way.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#6 posted 08-15-2015 03:07 PM

Another good one Bill
A place for everything and everything in it’s place (at least at the end of the job)

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 08-15-2015 03:08 PM

Well Jim, pretty organized ( the shop, not me) and not much I’d change. I’ve worked in and built several shops over the years and when I retired and built this one, I took all of what I had learned from the others and built the good features in. Topping the list are:

Raised wood floor over spacious crawl space
Under floor dust collection
Under floor wiring to stationary tools
Dedicated, filtered paint room
Windows and skylights
Great lighting
Wood stove for heating

... Nope, not much I’d change :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#8 posted 08-15-2015 03:13 PM

All great ideas Paul,it helps to know what you want in a shop by having had more the one shop,you upgrade each time you build a new shop.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 08-15-2015 03:18 PM

My shop still is a death trap even though I no longer have a death wish. Too many project at once. I do put everything away daily, but need to clean the floor daily as well.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#10 posted 08-15-2015 03:24 PM

I know what you’re talking about mrjinx.I have two things I dislike stepping over things on the floor and cleaning up the floor,it’s one of those juxtapositioning things.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 08-15-2015 03:29 PM

Gr8 subject Jim. I would sum up my organization skills as un-organized. I think I’m getting organized, then, I open up a drawer or cabinet and find something else that should have went with something else over there on the other side o the shop, etc… hahaha.. I do like to keep a somewhat clean shop. I feel it is safer to be clean than not. I do have a lot of thnx for posts and links like this, to help me out in my woodplaying future. I’ll be following this one to see some ideas that I’m sure will help us all. Thnx again for the post, and the link/s.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#12 posted 08-15-2015 03:30 PM

No doubt about it, he has a clean looking shop and some very innovated things going on there. Space is the key word for a uncluttered shop. You may have a clean organized shop, but if you own everything imaginable, it has to go somewhere. For example, take your shop and now double the space. It will sure look a lot different. Organization in the shop will provide good production but it can still look cluttered if not enough room.
I am happy with my shop, keep it clean for the most part, maybe wouldn’t eat off the floor but it is somewhat clean. There is always room for change to make things better, but still wish I had more space.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 08-15-2015 03:42 PM

Thanks Roger I guess your tip might be to keep adjusting you original organisational ideas.

Hi Dave How’s DG these days? I saw a episode of restaurant impossible in DG, sure doesn’t look like the town i remember, of course that was 55 years ago :))
You make a good point about the space a person has versus their equipment. There are lots of folks there that wish they had larger shops

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#14 posted 08-15-2015 03:44 PM

Ahhh…. you read me good Jim…lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#15 posted 08-15-2015 03:46 PM

A1, you’ve been like chatty Kathy lately. Well done…

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