Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I would like to post this describing the many ways I have mastered organization, but I'm afraid that would be a fictional post. I am working so hard to clean up my workshop and get it organized, and as I work I can hear my dad in my ear talking to me.
Years ago he gave me one of his old drill index sets - it looks very much like the one in this photo. With the exception of a fully loaded index with each bit in its place. It looked like this when I received it, but I have broken many bits, I have lost some bits, and I have some bits laying on shelves and at the bottom of a toolbox. This does not set well with my dad when he visits. It disappoints him to see me disorganized. To my dad, tools deserve near reverence... every time I purchase a tool, I understand why - they are very expensive and when you need a tool, they can be invaluable. So, it makes complete sense that you keep them clean, organized and in their place. I am getting closer to having the shop organized. I want to be able to say it is "ship shape and Bristol fashion." Mainly because I like to say "ship shape and Bristol fashion."
I have a challenge for you... pick your area of least organization and let's get obsessed with organizing it. If you do take the challenge, I would love it if you send me some "before and after" photos. I have some before shots and I'll take some "after" photos as I progress. This weekend I built an overhead rack and stacked my boat lumber overhead... nice. I also organized my "C" clamps... well actually all my clamps, but I have a zillion "C" clamps. (I always wanted "C" clamp to be called a sea-clamp... one of life's disappointments for me.)
Okay, I have one more challenge for you: Find a way to work, "ship-shape and Bristol fashion" into your dialogue today... and just for fun throw in a "C" clamp!
Have a great day and I hope everything is ship-shape and Bristol fashion for you today!