I just usually solder at the kitchen table. I put a folded cardboard box down to protect the table.
Sounds good to me. You shouldn't be making that much smoke anyway. If you do, you burning things or using too much flux. Usually the flux in your rosin core solder is enough for most projects, and if you need to add flux you can use it sparingly. Make a plan, get things all ready, connected, and lined up, then plug in your soldering iron and go for it. Move from one joint to the next and work quickly. Then unplug. That's what I do. If your parents or siblings are fussy about the smell, you'll be kicked back out to the garage! So the fans and window may save you from that fate!
Well I just make a mess and then clean up afterwards.
Sounds great! Also, how do you keep from having those little solder pellets around your desk and keep the work place clean? I have a solder-proof mat that resists solder, but these little pellets keep forming and I keep making piles of these.
Solder, the actual tin/lead metal, won't get anywhere unless you carry it there. You're not heating it enough to vaporize it into a gas that can drift around.A little bit of smoke from the rosin flux won't hurt anything. We solder in a small upstairs room that we use as a workshop, next to the other bedrooms.