I have hardwood, so can't offer any advice there.
What I do is when I take an order, I print out an invoice and slip it under my pile (in numerical order in a clipboard file). I also have my entire client list in there with order numbers and whether they've paid, whether it's been shipped and whether it's a trade.
I also fill out the client's address on an envelope and slip that under the work order.
I update it maybe once a week; and just scribble in details as I go. I have 1/2 dozen orders up on my sewing desk at a time; and the next 1/2 dozen clipped above my cutting table so I can glance at them and plan ahead a little. I cut all the pertinent parts for each and pile them on the work order. I scribble add-on details to the order as I go on the work order (bringing it with me to the puter too).
when I finish each order (before de-fuzzing), I move the work order to the dining table, plied on top of the envelope and work order. I de-fuzz each order as I print out the invoices (reflecting order changes that I've scribbled as I went) and then put an invoice in each envelope with the order (just started doing this; I used to only send email copies
) seal it and put it in my PO bag.
I have done primarily custom orders thus far, I cannot wait to start doing instock stuff!!! It's so time consuming changing out thread colours etc. and moving from task to task, product to product.
At the end of the night, I blow out my serger and sewing machine, put away whole fabrics and pile up cut pieces, put thread away etc. I wipe off my tables and sweep.
As I cut, I have several crates I have lined up under my table for scraps; cotton fleeces and jerseys, poly fleeces, woolens, cotton wovens, and hemp scraps. That way, I have easily accessible scraps for pad making and appliquees. Anything smaller than my smallest pad just gets tossed straight into the trash unless it's nice wool or fleece for an applique.
I use containers with handles (like that shelf in your tool box, kwim?) and I have scissors, marking chalk, measuring tapes, my awl, pencils etc all in one, and in another I have pins, needles, safety pins and other sewing acessories. I can just lift em up and place them wher I am working instead of havning to go and get a safety pin, or chalk, or I forgot this or that...I've stuck sticky magnet on the inside of this one so my pins are easily acessible.
that's all I have time to post for now, the girls are almost done breakfast LOL. (It's 8:13 am here, not 11