But in the science office I have a desk with three drawers full of secret hiding places. Thank goodness! There are the usual pens, highlighters, binder clips, and scissors. But the interesting thing is that there are at least a dozen binder clips and no paper clips. I have been scavenging paper clips from the neighboring desk for two years. None of the pens are the kind that I actually like to use - those are either in my bag or on my desktop. All the sticky notes, which get frequent use, are on the desktop as well rather than inside the drawer. In fact, the stuff in the drawer is basically clutter that I rarely, if ever, use. Like the scalpel I used for making bulletin boards - I don't have any bulletin boards to decorate now so I can't remember the last time I actually used it.
There is also a drawer of personal items that I use all the time - chapstick, toothbrush, mouthwash, hairspray, and so on. Under my desk are the "teacher shoes," my closed-toed Birkenstocks that I bought in 1995. These are the things I use from my desk. Every other necessity is in my bag so it is with me at all times.
So what does this say about me? Am I a packrat, saving stuff for no reason? Or am I a workaholic that carries my work everywhere I go? Either way, I know where to find what I need...most of the time.