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Workshops will get cluttered when they become full of goods that are not hauled away to stockpiles. A workshop that is cluttered will display (CLT) when viewed via the or menus. , "View Items in Buildings," will show you what items are cluttering the workshop.
Dwarves working in cluttered workshops will work more slowly: even the lowest level of clutter (CLT) doubles the time a workshop task takes. Each successive level of clutter increases the multiplier by one, so tasks performed in a completely cluttered workshop will take ten times as long.
The actual size of an item determines the amount of clutter it generates. See the weight article to determine the bulk of an item.
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Certain workshops are more prone to clutter than others. A highly-skilled dwarf with plenty of materials nearby can clutter a workshop rapidly, even if you have many haulers employed. The butcher's workshop can get cluttered even after butchering a single animal. Workshops involved in processing of large materials, such as elephant byproducts, will clutter badly even with very few or single worked material, such as tanning of the skin or bone carving for tusks.
Similarly, a kitchen producing lavish meals using alcohol, dwarven syrup, or quarry bush leaves can produce a stack of 20 to 100+ prepared meals, which are large items. The kitchen will be cluttered even before the meals are produced: four stacks of quarry bush leaves is already enough to clutter, causing meal production to take a very long time. An unpleasant consequence of kitchen clutter is that food which is not stored in a stockpile will rot sooner or later, causing miasma (and unhappy thoughts in the chef if they were masterpieces).
To remedy clutter, be sure to have enough stockpile space of the appropriate kind (using bins will increase stockpile efficiency), and employ enough dwarves with the appropriate hauling jobs (food/furniture/item/refuse/etc.) to get rid of the junk. The dwarf working at the workshop could also have the relevant hauling job enabled, pausing from time to time to move around goods. In case of inexperienced cooks, order only one or two meals at a time, and check clutter before issuing new orders. An alternate clutter control method is to build new workshops, optionally destroying the old ones (from the or menu).
There is one upside to clutter, depending on your viewpoint and playstyle. As a workshop's production is slowed, so is their consumption of raw materials and their output if there is little demand. If there is sudden spike of demand, the workshop is easily uncluttered and can work at full speed. The benefit of this is that tasks can be left in repeat mode with no supervision and will not produce much unwanted extras or consume more resources than needed.
A still, for example, can eventually get to the rate where dwarves consume booze at same speed as the cluttered workshops produce it.
Wood furnaces similarly will eventually be brought to a point where they produce fuel at same rate as other workshops consume it.
If stockpiles are used with this method, they must all be kept completely full, so that the workshop remains cluttered. Your stockpile will become a sort of buffer to compensate for large spikes in demand. The larger your booze stockpile is, the larger of a spike in demand it can compensate for when say a tantrum spiral erupts.
- Individual body parts from large animals (like an elephant's tusk) can instantly clutter a workshop. Bug:1489
- Large stacks of bones from large animals can instantly clutter a bone-carver's workshop. Bug:231
- Cooking with eggs creates extreme kitchen clutter. Bug:3994
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The unique dwarven economic system, which has been called 'confusing' at best and 'insane' at worst by most other species, has at least one benefit. The fact that items are rarely moved from where they were made until needed leads to much clutter around workshops. As the clutter builds and makes it more difficult to move around the workshop, production slows more and more. If demand suddenly spikes, the clutter is removed and production rises again. Some scientists see this as an instinctual supply and demand device. Others see it as dumb luck.