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It started out by putting away a couple of cans of stain. When I realized there was no room in the paint locker, I started sorting through it and getting rid of empty cans and assorted things in there. Next thing you know, I was cleaning out the other lockers. I found the missing snow brush from last winter! Then I started brushing all the saw dust from the tools. That led into breaking out the shop vac and cleaning the whole place! Stop me! I know a clean shop is the sign of a sick mind….

The good thing is that since I'd not running any tools, I can enjoy an adult beverage while doing it. Hell, what are Sundays for anyway?
 

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I usually clean up after any good size project. If you do a full blown clean up you never know what you'll find under there,lost pets,a winning lottery ticket or even a waffle iron. LOL
 

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Windy days work best for me, I have a window at one end and a garage door at the other, I can go in there with a leaf blower and let wind do most of the work for me. Actually picking everything up and putting it away, especially cutoffs that have accumulated that I can't stand to part with, takes more effort. As a result, doesn't happen nearly often enough. I should be cleaning up at least every few weeks, but it seems like more often than not, it every three months or so that everything gets cleaned properly.
 

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I try to clean up every time before I leave the shop, just made it part of the routine. Most of my more serious cleaning ends up being more because I have a small shop and several of my set ups are poorly thought out (my lumber storage currently the biggest issue). At some point I will figure out how to organize everything to make it more functional.
 

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I clean after each project is completed.
Since I don't really complete ANY projects….
Let's just say the dust & debris piles come with Sherpas!!!
 

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How often do I clean my shop? Funny you should ask. I just got finished cleaning for the first time since I don't remember when. It's taken me three days to swamp it out and get things organized again so it's obvious to me I don't do it often enough. I made a mental promise to be more tidy in my work habits. I pretty sure that promise will last until the start of the next project.
 

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I end up doing things the same way… just do one thing, then end up getting in that mode, and cleaning everything. Did it today out in the garage. Was just going to winterize the lawn mower, and get the snowblower ready. Next thing you know I'm instlaling hooks for hanging bikes, clearing out and reorganizing shelves to better store away summer things, and bring winter things to more accessible areas, and sweeping the whole garage lol
 

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Not often enough. But then I haven't made a wood project in a couple of years, being so busy at work. Now I'm retired, and it'll still be a few weeks before I get back into it, since I have a list of home maintenance items to complete. Like, the kitchen sink faucet leaked and trashed the floor in the cabinet. It's been weeks since I repaired the plumbing (that had to be done right away, of course), but I have yet to get the cabinet floor back in. Probably this week.

I generally do a good cleaning of the shop (such as it is, a chunk of the garage) especially vacuuming up all the dust and grit before finishing an item. The tools generally need to be put away, for the same reason- my workspace is the painting/finishing space.
 

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CLEAN? Guess I have to finish building it first, every so often between projects, attempt to reorganize the mess and collect some wood scraps to burn.(unless it looks like it might have a use someday?) LOL, trying to make room for a work table so I can build my workbench which is about half rough milled! Forgot to mention, have been retired for almost 2 years and about half caught up with things I always meant to get done!
 

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Not often enough. I generally clean off the bench and tools after every project or session, but need to get in a better habit about sweeping up and vacuuming the floor and all the nooks and crannies. What I really need to work on is keeping things organized better-putting tools away every day instead of leaving them out until the project is done, making sure all new things that come into the shop have a home, etc.
 

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What I really need to work on is keeping things organized better-putting tools away every day instead of leaving them out until the project is done, making sure all new things that come into the shop have a home, etc.

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I'm torn with this dilemma. I can never figure out which is more time efficient - sorting through the clutter on my work bench trying to find my scraper or trying to remember where I "organized" it.
 

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My neighbor has his tools of various nature all over three buildings with more total room than I have in my one single woodshop. When working at his place it is easier to walk 4 houses down and get a tool from my organized shop than wait while he sorts through the stuff and his memory. That being said I also suffer from, where did I hide this tool in my organized shop syndrome. LOL
 
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