The workshop project is now complete. When added up I've spend over 40 hours on getting the shop back to workable condition. Is it completely finished? Probably not as I'm always buying tools and changing things for different projects. But "finished" means that I can find everything, it has been cleaned and put away in a marked location, and finally I can start building again.
Some key learnings from the shop project:
1. You don't need everything so throw some stuff away. Even if it is really cool or expensive, if you aren't going to use it in two years, chuck it out.
2. Don't carpet your shop. The only reason mine has carpet is because I have a foot injury that requires it. If you have a workshop, tile the floor with black and white tile like my old shop.
3. Cleaning and moving is a pain in the but. Set a goal to work at least 30 minutes a day and use a TV or good radio to pass the time. Even better, get a friend to come over to help. The drudgery will pass by quickly.
4. Use clear storage bins that interlock/stack. The are easy to move around and cheap.
Have fun with your shop! You ARE going to clean it this month, right? Look for an article on this topic in the near future.
Final Design (click to enlarge)