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
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
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.
So grab 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:
- Hobby Knife
Couple of paint pots relevant to your current project. No, you probably don’t need 54 shades of blue if you’re painting Nurgle Daemons
Paper towel and palette
Your compressor and airbrush ( or like 2 airbrushes if you have multiple, like 1 large spray and a smaller spray )
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
Now the hard part here 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.
The best way, I find is having some for or organisation. Which bring me to my next point:
Cool Useful Toys
Useful desk organiser doodad #1, brought to you by my roomamte’s ” Oooooooh I want one of those for my makeup!”
This thing is solid, fits everything you need handy and keeps the clutter away. Doesn’t fit in the fancy cabinet? Doesn’t belong on the desk.
The next cool doodad is a great bitz and terrain accessory box:
You can fix those on a wall, or stack them and use as a boxes with easy sorting up. These are a lot more practical than plain old boxes and much more likely to keep your clutter away.
And last but not least, a paint organiser. These things are really hard to shop for, because everyone has a different ideal on where to put paints. Some want wall mount, some desk mount, some want horizontal shelving, other vertical. So you might shop around, or get these, which are convenient and incredibly affordable.
No excuses; hobby like a champion!