One of the most problematic clutter areas for me is my desk. Typically, I have many projects going, but can only really work on one at a time. The result is usually a small valley of workspace nestled among mountains of project clutter.
My solution is to use project cases. A project case is basically a magazine file with a lid that I leave open on my desk while working from it, then store away somewhere when I move to the next project.
It doesn’t matter what kind of stuff I’m working with — magazines, books, notebooks, CDs, DVDs, photos, or anything else that will fit — the project case takes the piles of stuff that would normally exist on my desktop and gets them out of the way so I can focus and get work done.
The best ones I’ve found so far are the Stockholm Project Cases from The Container Store. Made from recycled fiberboard, and finished with heavy paper exterior and interior and a reinforced hinge, they’re durable. The Stockholm cases are a bit larger than most of the other project cases I’ve found, so they easily accommodate not only letter sized paper, but larger items such as magazines and sketchbooks.