Keeping the shop clean should not be a battle fought at the end of a project. You shouldn’t also have to deal with Paul Sr. (or Chuck) tactics of “no mess making” because that doesn’t work either. Projects go sideways and “stuff” gets laid around — that’s how it works. The trick is to make putting things way as easy as tossing them on the workbench in a pile of clutter. Tip out bins are a good start for those doo-dads that don’t quite go anywhere.
Functioning much like they sound, tip out bins have a handle at the top and a pivot point located near the bottom front. To access your “stuff,” just pull and the bin tips forward. Many will argue that they don’t hold quite as much as standard pull-out bins but the upside is that they don’t generally get overstuffed and “hung” like normal bins.
A place for everything and everything off the workbench — it’s the dream of all of us that call ourselves Toolmongers. Good quality organization is a good start, and bins like these can be found almost anywhere starting at a few bucks up to crazy metal 1000 bin storage lockers. Just gauge the size of your pile and start organizing.
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