I keep a cheap twin sheet attached to the edge of my work table and then lay the skirt of it in my lap while I am working. This way, anything that escapes your grasp will drop onto the "apron" and not onto the floor. Before I really got into using this (I read it in an OLD Nutshell News magazine) I lost all manner of tiny bits to the carpet and was always bending down to retrieve tools that dropped. I also wipe my hands on it when I have just a little glue on my fingertips and I either wash it or replace it. Since I get the sheet at the Dollar store it is only $3.00 or $4.00 and I do use one for a very long time.