I'm so glad this challenge finally pushed me to take care of this little area! It was quite a mess for a long time. I hardy ever actually worked at my desk because it had just turned into a big shelf. I did really buy much of anything other than $6 worth of shelves at Ikea. Really I just moved a bunch of stuff around and gave a few things away and it really made all the difference.
I do a lot of scrapbooking which is where most of my little keepsakes go, but I keep out a few postcards or pictures that give me inspiration or make me feel happy to see everyday. I still do larger projects at our dining room table, but for computer work, sketching, scrapbooking, or smaller projects I like my little inspiration corner.
I have had the same desk since I was 12 and it has served me well. It was left in our house when we moved when I was in middle school so I have no idea how old it actually is.
I know my little workspace isn't as amazing or beautiful as other people's, but it's a cute little nook in my cute little apartment. It's mine and I like it.
I have a few more projects from this swap I'll be sharing in more detail. With a little less than 2 weeks left, I've really been enjoying the process and the journey! I hope you're creating along with us.