I’m a very messy person, but surprisingly (probably because I do
everything at my bench: cutting, forming, soldering, pickling,
filing, polishing, ultrasonic, setting) I can’t stand a messy bench.
I, like you have my different gauges of wire loosely coiled in
plastic bags marked with the gauge. That’s how they arrive and that’s
how they stay, like yours. But I do keep them in a draw. I have a
sort of “work in progress” draw which contains obviously work in
progress, plus different grades of sheet, wire, jump rings I’ve made,
etc, etc. Also little pots of gems I intend to make into something or
that someone has given me. It’s a bit of a messy drawer but I know
where everything is.
When I finish for the night I have to put all my tools away so that
I know exactly where they are and so that none of my children nor my
husband are tempted to just “borrow” a pair of pliers or the like
and forget to return it! My eldest son just can’t seem to help
himself. If he walks past my bench, he has to pick something up and
fiddle! He’s 21 but has the fiddling habits of a small child!
All my tools are in specific drawers too so I can lay my hand on
anything at any given time.