According to my octogenarian next-door neighbors, there is no such thing as "finishing" work on one's house.
I'd certainly believe it, seeing as it's taken me nearly seven months just to get my desk area properly organized! (Of course it looked great right when we first moved the furniture in, but it promptly became a disaster zone as soon as our actual stuff showed up, and its present appearance was a long time in the making). Observe below (click to see full size image):
I'm really really happy with it. Hopefully it stays this way -- as much as I like and need properly organized environments to function well in, I've never been very good at maintaining them, and it takes me ages to get them set up in the first place.
But: I am more optimistic this time since having discovered the wonders of (a) plastic storage containers, and (b) the electronic label-maker (mine is a Brother P-Touch but there are probably multiple kinds that do about the same thing).
Moreover, I think I've finally learned my lesson regarding "knick-knack" type objects, which is to say that while many of them may be nifty and fun to look at / play with, it is not necessary nor desirable to display (or have within reach) ALL of them, ALL at the same time. The "old" incarnation of my desk zone used to include Star Wars figures, Lego spaceships, various Pez dispensers, a chess set, bumper stickers, and the odd greeting card. And I still have most of that stuff, but the vast majority of it is packed up in yet more of those clear plastic storage containers, and stored on shelves in the garage.
I think what taught me this lesson (aside from having gotten sick of the vast quantities of dust that used to accumulate) was hearing on a "home design" podcast of some kind (yes I was listening to stuff like that during the course of my move) that when you have a collection of anything, you can actually diminish the "impact" of individual pieces if you try and put all of it out at once. So what's better is to put out just a few at a time, so you can appreciate them more individually (and not clutter your visual environment / workspace nearly as much).
And while everyone is different of course, and some might not find this helpful, I've found it massively useful advice to apply (particularly as I now live with four very energetic cats who have no qualms about knocking stuff over if it happens to be in the way of their leaping!).
Oh and another thing I am pleased with is the orange shelf-thing on the left (where the label maker is). It was originally this cheap ugly veneered thing from Target but I painted it, and now it matches the orange accent wall in that room nicely (and also the robot and the file folder thingy!).
Here's another shelf in the same office/computer room, showing the awesomeness of plastic storage boxes:
It is SO NICE to have all my and Matt's Random Geek Detritus (network cable, heat shrink tubing, etc.) all tidily sorted and stored rather than in a tangled, dust-gathering pile in a corner somewhere. This shelf, you will also note, does triple-duty as Geek Detritus storage, bookshelf (we put all the computer/programming related books here, as well as one of my EMC books), and cat-bed apartment (the "ground floor" has two boxes lined with fleece for the kitties to nap in).
And finally (for now), check out this cool green lamp!:
It's actually bigger than it looks -- the round "dome" thing has about an 8 inch diameter and the total "arm" length is around four feet. We badly need more light at the front end of the living room (the big windows let in lots of natural daylight but that doesn't help us at night!) and have been searching for the right lamp, but none of the ones at Ikea, etc., seemed proper.
But then, lo and behold, I remembered this past week that we had this old green thing in the garage left by the previous owners. I didn't even know if it was going to work, and it was horribly dirty before I cleaned it up, but after cleaning and replacement of the light bulb it looks lovely and works beautifully. Also, it matches our kitchen cabinet face frames, etc., almost exactly, which is a funny coincidence! I utterly love finding stuff like this -- this lamp reminds me of something from one of those fancy furniture catalogs I sometimes get (e.g., "Restoration Hardware") but never buy anything from because it's too expensive even though it's made to look "old".
(Also, incidentally, if anyone knows what model of lamp this actually is, and how old it might be, I would love to know. The only thing I can find on it identification-wise is a brand name, "Fostoria".)