What is in Your Office Desk Drawer?

So the other day I took a look in the top drawer of my desk at work. I’m not talking about the glance you give when you throw something in that you might need “someday”. I actually looked at what was in there. It was kind of scary what I had let accumulate. Here is a partial list of what I found:
  • Box of pushpins
  • Obsolete Autodesk, ESRI, and Trimble trial software and drivers from 3 years ago.
  • Short, flathead screwdriver
  • A Spaceghost Christmas ornament
  • Organic white tea bags (about 6 of them)
  • 12 inch ruler (I actually use this from time to time to measure margins, boxes, icons and other elements on printed maps)
  • 2009 statistical abstract of the United States
  • Four USB cables from unknown hardware purchases
  • Engineering ruler
  • Box of plastic forks
  • Bottle of instant Krazy Glue
  • More than eleven pens from geospatial conference vendors
  • Scissors
  • 12 volt power supply to something I probably threw away in 2010
  • Crossword puzzle book
  • Seven lip balm containers (Six were empty)
  • PS/2 to USB adapter
  • Sunscreen
  • Some flashy button thing from a conference
  • Various sizes of sticky note pad
Contents of my desk drawer
This was just the top drawer. I’m kind of afraid to get into the bottom two. It looks like I am going to have to do some winter cleaning pretty soon.

I am sure there are plenty of more interesting desk drawer content lists out there so leave a comment and let me know what’s in yours.

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I’ve got a plastic ID badge clip, a deck of cards, a dozen or so pens from various conferences and agricultural or conservation organizations, $0.32, a small box of paper clips (which I never use), a stapler, a set of earbuds with a microphone, a large white button, a small ice scraper (yes, for a car) and an A/C adapter, which I presume belonged to someone’s USB/wall phone charger in the past.

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That is exactly one of the reasons why I prefer not to have built-in drawers in my office desks because I know one day it will be filled unconsciously by me with things I no longer need but forgot to throw. Right now, at home, my desk, where my computing devices sit in, doesn’t have drawers in it. It’s a lot simpler and less crowded.

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Good point Christine. If you don’t have that “catch-all” drawer then it can’t fill up with junk. Knowing me, however, the junk might just end up on top of the desk. Of course, then I would be more inclined to clean it up more often. Thanks for the comment. – Ryan