One of my hobbies is tinkering on old cars in my garage. To me there's nothing more relaxing than getting under the hood of what someone else monitors a “piece of junk” and doing my thing to make it run again. I'm not quite at the point where I can say that I restore classic cars, but that's definitely my goal someday. It takes money to get into that game, though, so for now I just practice on old beaters that I find for a couple hundred bucks each. Once I get the vehicles running again, I can usually find a buyer and recoup my costs.
Anyways, I've learned that working on cars is a whole lot easier if my garage is as clean and organized as possible. That's why I've got pegboards all along each wall, several toolboxes, and a bunch of oil absorbent pads right at my side. I've gotten in the habit of hanging my tools neatly on the pegboards or placing them in a toolbox as soon as I'm done using them. This cuts down on wasted time because I no longer have to spend five minutes looking for a particular wrench. I know exactly where it is at all times.
Oil absorbent pads are also a necessity for cleaning up spills and other accidents. Spills are unavoidable in this business, but the last thing I want is for my garage floor to be covered in unsightly stains. The only remedy is to clean up a mess with oil absorbent pads as soon as it happens so the stuff does not have a chance to soak in. I also use an eco-friendly powder agent to take care of any residue that the oil absorbs pads might have left behind. The result is that my garage floor is as spotless today as the day I moved in!
It does take a lot of time and effort to organize a garage or workshop, but the results are worth it. It's actually quite empowering to know exactly where to go for a specific screwdriver, torque wrench, or ratchet that I need for a particular job. I'm far more efficient now than I've ever been, and can concentrate on perfecting my craft rather than trying to remember where I left my pliers. Some people might not care about organization as much as I do, but at this point there's no way I would want to deal with a messy garage ever again.
If you're thinking about creating your own workspace in your basement or garage, then I recommend getting organized right from the start. Investing some money in pegboards, toolboxes, and oil absorbent pads will put you well on your way to maintaining an efficient and clean workshop!