i've noticed that no-one i know has a clear computer desk (cart, whatever); there's always other stuff cluttering it up. knicknacks, desk toys, whatever. i'm wondering what sort of (non-digital) detritus has washed up on the shores of your computer's island.
cluttering my workspace:
a pair of valves from a 4.2 XK engine
a valve spring from an MGB engine (this has followed my computer desk for around 14 years now)
a mock-up of a four tube launcher for Harpoon missiles from a DoD model
a miniature traffic cone
a 112-year-old Spanish bayonet
two elastic bandages
a bottle of Aleve
and a box of blue staples.