A) a place for everything and everything in its place.
B) no more paper on the floor.
C) little objects into a box
D) convention stuff like business cards and cover flats into one drawer all its own.
E) desktop clear of everything. Period.
F) tape, clips, scissors, stapler all accessible.
G) specialty papers like photoprint and label flats all in slots ready for use
H) three bins on the door: one TO PAY or DEAL WITH, one TO FILE, and one RECEIPTS. To be used.
I) mail to be opened, tossed, or assigned one of those categories on receipt.
J) wastecans accessible and frequently emptied
K) the sorting rack reserved for actual work.
L) books and other such sent to storage, not the working space.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. With just a 10×10 clerical space with a 3×5 closet, out of which we run everything from art to bookkeeping and store all clerical supplies (not the boxes of records and older stuff and reference stuff that takes up most of the basement), we just don’t have room for unidentified stacks of things in the little working space, and we don’t need the stress of finding a bill and trying to apply valuable brain cells to figure out if that was the one we mailed last month or not. We’re better at putting PD on things, but we just need not to have stacks of stuff that force us to reconstruct what we did a month ago, before the convention. Stacks are the enemy…