How do you store your messy papers? I must (!) solve this.
I have a life-long struggle with controlling my work mess and am hoping for some serious help from this forum's generous participants. I am too old to bite my nails and too old to have such a messy desk. I really want to fix this problem.
Mostly I work at home (writing) and I am lucky enough to have staked out a corner of my living room which has light/view/music. I want to come into a clean LR each morning and leave the desk surface clean at the end of the day. This dream is in contrast to piles of printed research/drafts/notes) which for years have been left in layers on desk/floor/radiator.
I have learned to control past projects which are filed in vertical files in another room but it is the ongoing current work that bedevils me.
Here is as far as I have gotten:
Veritical files are not possible. I seem to require (temperamentally/visually/or ??) my current work to be horizontal because I like things spread out on surfaces.
Personal and professional projects start out in different spots but end up mingled because I can't keep them separate.
I can generally find things I need, so that is not the problem; it is the visual chaos that I am trying to solve when the room is used as a living room. (Others have suggested I work in a second bedroom and shut the door but I resist because if I spend my days at a desk why shouldn't it be in the best natural light. Evenings DH and I often work in this room as well and I would like it orderly for that reason too.
I have gotten as far as thinking if I had 6-8 inch deep document-sized boxes I could swoop up each project at the end of the day and put it in a separate box. I might fill 3 boxes. Then in the morning, I would lift out the piles, spread them out and begin work. Where to store these boxes is another issue, but until I settle on whether boxes are a good solution, it won't matter. A new desk can be part of that solution.
I am open to any other ideas. Any help would be appreciated.