I go up the stairs to the loft as infrequently as possible. I had to do it a lot in the early years but after I got all my design files set up and switched from table drawing to computer drawings the loft was mostly a storage place. I didn’t want to make the climb every time I had a file to return to some small parts to store so I rigged up the lift bucket.
The name is a little misleading as it spends most of its time just hanging. Actually, it serves as a collection point where I can gather things that eventually make the trip up. When the bucket gets heavy or full or I need to bring something down, I climb to the landing and use the pulley to haul up the bucket and unload it. Often, I also find some cargo to drop. Most of the time this relieves me of caring up or down an armful of things.