Declutter Your Desk for Dummies

Cleaning up your hobby desk is the literral worst.  You lose precious hobby time, it’s boring and more often than not, it gets messy again 3 days later.  The.  Worst.  But no more.

Declutter for Dummies

To do this, we have a two-prong approach:
1- Be Gone
2- Stay Gone
To paraphrase words of wisdom from Denis Rodman:  The best defense against a messy desk is offense.

Also, please note that all the pictures are my actual painting desk at the shop after 2 weeks of not caring much.  Don’t judge me, yo.

1- Be Gone

The reason things get messy real quick is because everything is accessible, even if it shouldn’t be.
Things you use once every 2 months stay on your desk “because I will need that real quick” or because ” let’s just do this now, it will take a second”.  The mere thoughts of the sort is evil and should be treated as such.

Some things, like hardcore assembly tools, green stuff, sprues and bits don’t need to be at arms length all the time.  The same goes for basing materials, or terrain building supplies.  Or 460 different pots of paint for that matter.

Like, why the primer, or the full set of oil paints? Or 3 water pots? There is literally 0 point to all this stuff being there permanently

So grab a big ass boxes and throw unceremoniously things in there.

You can divide in 3-4 different boxes with themes, like:  Terrain, Assembly, Paint and Bits.

Not 75 boxes;  3 or 4.  5 tops, if you have like 7 different airbrushes and a buttload of doodads to go with them.

What you keep ?  Only the basics:

  • Assembly
  • Hobby Knife
  • Clippers
  • Glue


Paint brushes ( Again, you don’t need the 32 super big and destroyed brushes for terrain only )
Couple of paint pots relevant to your current project.   No, you probably don’t need 54 shades of blue if you’re painting Poxwalkers.

Water Pot,
Paper towel and palette

Your compressor and airbrush ( or like 2 airbrushes if you have multiple, like 1 large spray and a smaller spray )

The. End.

But what about my…

But I can’t…


This minimalistic approach to keeping the bare minimum is abusing our laziness.  If stuff is not easy to access, you’ll wait for a worthwhile occasion to take it out.

2- Stay Gone

The hard part now is to keep this uncluttered space uncluttered.

Cycle through what you use between projects, don’t add stuff to the pile.

Now this seems rather intuitive, but it’s not.  We’re all different levels of hoarders and the phrase ” I’ll need this for…” is never far in mind.

A great way to keep things in the Stay Gone category is to have dedicated space for everything that you want to stay on your desk at all times.
Get a really small organiser or pencil box for your hobby stuff, without a cover.  This way, you can’t put every single thing you own in there and can’t use it to pile more stuff on top.
Same for your brush keeping.  Maybe don’t have that large pint glass like mine and keep something much smaller that won’t fit 129 brushes in it.
These are just a few examples from my personal experience.  You can make a note of the items that are always finding their way on your desk for no reason and figure out exactly how to keep them away.
Until next time,
No excuses; hobby like a champion!

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