Pauls got the cleanest bench so far ( the one set of pics i won't let my wife see)
LOL. Believe it or not, I keep it that clean and organized for two reasons:
1. I hate hunting around for tools. I like them in the same spot every time so I can always find them quickly.
2. I have small children (2 and 4), so I can't really leave small parts and tools lying around. Stuff needs to be put away so little hands don't get into things.
I have a big grin right now because I need to keep my bench messy for the complete opposite reason! If tools are too easy to find, my wife will walk off with the scissors, my older son will walk off with the screwdrivers, and my younger son will sit down at the bench, boot up and install a game or something. Chaos is probably the only thing that keeps their grubby hands OFF of my bench and away from my tools! Well, that, and stepping on little wire bits embedded in the carpet that go right through your socks.
About 2 years ago, we had a major flood resulting from a dishwasher hose that sprung a leak. The entire kitchen subfloor had to be ripped out and rebuilt with a new lino floor installed. To do that, all the appliances had to be moved out to nearby rooms. My workshop/office is a little room adjoining the kitchen on one side and garage on the other. The fridge got moved into my workshop. When my older son got home from school and saw my office with the fridge plugged in and parked right beside where I sit to work on the computer, he thought he had died and gone to heaven. "SwEEEEEEt!!" was his comment. The idea of being able to work on the computer and not even have to get up out of the chair to grab a nibble was his idea of what Valhalla must be like.