When we think of a creative person, we often assume that they work somewhere glamourous. A super cool New York loft style warehouse or white minimalist shell of creativity. The truth is many of us sit in fairly boring office like environments. It is a constant influx of paper, mail, to dos and piles of notes and books and day to day work in progress. I recently came accross the work of Joseph O Holmes and his series 'Workspaces'. It is an interesting look into the workspaces of people including stone cutters, bartenders, shoe shiners and mechanics. Holmes describes the work as "Such spaces represent a tug of war between personal expression and comfort, on the one hand, and the unyielding demands of work on the other."
This is a challenge for me. I usually have several projects on the go at once but I can not work until my desk is free of any and all clutter. The messier my workspace the more overwhelmed my mind becomes. I love clear surfaces and neatness and so my workspace is very much a reflection of my personality. I find tabbed notebooks and simple filing system help. So do boxes for 'stuff' and cleaning up properly every couple of days but at least once a week. What does your workspace look like? What works for you and what would you change?