The Flat Surface Pattern

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This page is a part of Design Patterns.

Its content is derived from the presentation "Building a Hacker Space" by Jens Ohlig and Lars Weiler.

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Every usable flat surface eventually gets taken over by clutter.


Promote self-responsability: unused stuff is easier to find where it belongs, and no unused stuff belongs to the flat surface. Regularly assign someone to declutter. Alternatively, throw away everything on the flat surface. End of discussion.