To be organized is to be prepared. I have a leather mini filing cabinet that I keep essentials that are small enough to get lost in a drawer. This handsome black leather storage unit is small enough the fit on my desk and large enough to become a detail.
The Chopstick Holder is from a cool store in NYC called Pearl River Mart. My wife and I worked in NYC for 5 years which were the most exciting but exhausting times. Still, they were awesome memories.
I like to use two note pads. I have a journal for notes and scribbling and a smaller book for sketches. I am not a big fan on sticky notes because inevitably they disappear.
Filing cabinets are essential and it beats having a book shelve filled with manila folders. The objective is not to over pack your filings cabinets. Baskets are a great concept for storing oversize items, especially if your do not have a bookshelf.This ornate vintage box is a classic. I hide my bills and other important information that I need for easy access.
I recommend pin up boards for displaying information that can be easily accessible and to be inspired.
I also use Trello, a pin-up board app, that can be installed on your smartphone or computer. This system provides a methodological approach in project organization and management. I have boards for collecting design concepts, vendor information, daily tasks, and client programming.