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Colleen Doran is rightfully horrified by the above photo of a work area—that belongs to an unnamed cartoonist. As a prescription, she offers a list of declutterizing resources, which I’m sure we could all do with a look at.


Also, as inspiration, here’s a gallery from Sequential Workshop of more pleasing, clean well organized workspaces.

And for your ghouls out there, here’s a complete slideshow of filthy, depressed work spaces.


  1. Robin just reorganized his workspace, which was never piggish but had been fairly cluttered. As I recall, he wound up throwing out pens from as far back as the ’80s. It was a massive undertaking, but totally worth it!

  2. Holy crap, some of those look like ideal spots for Buffalo Bill’s workspace. Are some of them in crawl spaces under a house? Or do Morlocks work there?

  3. While some of those pictures are disgusting, some look like people trying to make the best out of being extremely poor. While I’m pretty well off now, I grew up in a family that didn’t make enough money to clear the poverty line until I was 16. I kinda take offense to you posting pictures of people just trying to get by and either making fun of them or lecturing them on upgrading their work areas. Not everyone can afford a desk. I was my high school valedictorian and I had to do all my studying at the library because they had tables.

  4. @ChrisHero Since when does poor = slovenly? The filth and neglect is the focus of the photos and I think that would be obvious. There are bowls and plates with food in them lying on the floor in some of these offices, for crying out loud. I didn’t grow up with a lot of money myself, but what we did own, we took care of.

  5. Chris, I was 7 of 8 kids, government cheese, the whole poor white trash bit and we had to still vacuum once a week and put away our toys.

  6. A few of these — the monitor on the graffiti’d plastic box — speak poverty not montel illness but…most do.

    As a pack rat myself, I’m sympathetic, and as Hoarders watchers know, curing hoarding is almost impossible.

  7. Wow, way to miss a point, you guys. A few of those pictures don’t have piles of food or cigarettes, they’re just a computer monitor on a floor in a crappy living habitat. I swear, Beat posters will attack one another on anything they can. I was raised by a grandfather who was a career Army man and he made damn sure my brother and I cleaned our home to Army boot camp standards, but we were still poor as shit and I grew up being made fun of for it.

    I’m not defending the photos of people with food everywhere. I am defending the photo of the guy with his monitor on the floor and the one of the dude with a mattress next to his computer. You try living out of a car for a month and tell me about how hard life is.

  8. Apologies to you Heidi for reading something into the article you didn’t intend. I react too quickly to perceived slights against poor people due to my history. All the same, my grandfather also raised me to apologize when wrong, so I’m sorry for lumping you in with the wrong lot.

  9. This was my first visit to Comics Beat, and if this article is par for the rest of the site I won’t be back anytime soon.

    Sickening classist douchebaggery.

  10. Alas, I agree with ChrisHero. I’m kind of struggling right now, and I maintain (usually) a very very clean work and living space. But that one photograph depicts a desk and computer, and various supplies, in a neat and orderly fashion. The argument seems to be that it is filthy because the furniture is second hand and the walls aren’t wall-papered. Some of those spaces are horrendous … but cut poor people some slack.

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