Whether you are a professional wood turner or a hobbyist, you’re going to need an organised home workshop. A cluttered and messy work space will create a clutter head space. You want it to ideally be a space that sparks inspiration and passion, not frustration and anxiety.
Determine the Purpose for Your Workshop
The design and organisation of your workshop is dependent on what exactly you want to be creating within it. If you are planning to create and assemble large items such as vanities and kitchen cabinets, then you will need to allow a lot of free moving space for these projects.
Therefore, you will only choose the essential tools and machinery to allow for free space. However, if you are dealing with smaller scale items, then you may have more flexibility with what to include in your workshop.
Keep It Simple
If your workshop is at-home it’s likely to collect miscellaneous items that serve no purpose to your craft. It is important to go through each item and determine if it’s of use to your wood turning. This can be done by grouping items into categories (related and unrelated), for example:
- safety equipment
- gardening tools
- old furniture
- storage boxes
As you can see from the examples listed above, there are categories there which might conflict with your workspace. Write a list of the different categories and then periodically group all the items. Once you have them grouped, go through each item and determine whether it brings any value to your work space.
Some items will be appropriate for donating or throwing out, but others may have value to other aspects of your life. They will need to be placed in a distinctly separate space to your workshop. This may be in another room, or in a separate area of the workshop.
If you don’t have them already, you will need to obtain organisational compartments such as shelving, drawers, tables, boxes and labels etc. This will free up a lot of space as items will not be scattered across the place. It is important to put these compartments in places that allow you the most possible space and accessibility in your workshop.
Put Categories Into Compartments
This leads us to putting the left over items into compartments, organised by their category. This will make it significantly easier to find a tool or equipment piece as they will all be in their allocated area. Labeling them can help to identify what category is located into each compartment. It is also possible to include sub-categories to increase the accuracy of this.
To ensure that your work space doesn’t get messy and cluttered again, it is essential that you put in place systems that maintain cleanliness and routine. A dust collection system may be necessary to keep the space safe and clean. You could go through these 5 tips every month to keep your work space in check.