I have a very simple set up; a basic drafting table with a balance ball as a chair. Ultimately, I want to upgrade to some high class shit. Before that happens, I had to take stock. It seemed impossible to determine what type of desk set-up I really needed with a bunch of crap piles stinking up the place. In effect, until I knew what I was working with, there was no point in buying something to store my stuff in if I didn’t know how much stuff and why type of stuff I really had to deal with. So much stuff!
Before: everything went on the desktop. Files, notebooks, computer duster for quick wiffing (JK!), endless notes, piles of post-its, checkbook, toys, loose pens, old birthday cards, calculator, camera, camera case, paperclip bin, and that giant thing to the right is a massive pen case with a lifetime supply of pens, pencils, sharpies, highlighters, white out, tape, staples — which go into a cute little orange mini-stapler hidden somewhere under all that mess.
After: begone! All those old stickums and notepads didn’t hold the secrets to time travel, they were just old notes to self I’d failed to throw out fearing I would need some piece of information later. Turns out my grocery lists and feature rundowns aren’t much use after the fact. They found a new home called the recycle bin. The files were moved to a new location, and the giant pen case is now neatly contained in one of the desk drawers, which were cleared of old Men’s Health magazines I’d alraedy tore the important pages out of to continue research the ultimate 6-pack. Plus, you can see that cute mini-stapler.