Rachael Ray on Food Network has a show where she prepares a meal in 30 minutes. Yes, it's true she accomplishes most of her time savings by not washing the vegetables during that 30 minutes, but I learned a useful lab trick by watching her show.
Rachael keeps a big mixing bowl on the counter where she's working, her "garbage bowl", and that saves her a lot of trips back and forth to the wastebasket.
I had always kept a wastebasket near the bench and a beaker or soething for disposable pipets, but keeping another container (a 3 lb. coffee can or a 1 L beaker works nicely) for vials, lids, rubber bands, TLC plates, Kimwipes, and all the other crap that tends to accumulate saves me a lot of time. One trip over to the lab debris can, and I'm done cleaning, pretty much.
Anyhow, I'm glad I found this part of the forum. I had been asking questions over in the organic homework section without checking well enough how these boards are organized.