I needed some desk space in my sewing room... not much... just a little space for my lap top, a place to collect mail and receipts, stash random cords (sewing machine connectors, phone chargers, etc)and keep bits of info I needed to find later. I have several bookcases in my sewing room that hold fabric, pattern books and project bins. My hubby cut me a shelf that was a little deeper than the existing shelves and I positioned it about the same height as my sewing table.
I covered a box with the same cute button fabric I used on the bulletin board to temporarily hold receipts and other miscellaneous papers that I need to save for my business. I have a tendency to lose those things when my shopping bags "hit" my sewing room. This is a quick place to stuff them until I can sort them out properly, file them and get them entered into my computer.
I've been using this set up for a couple of months now and it works great. I can find all my receipts, cords, and other stuff I used to waste a bunch of time hunting for. Yoo-hoo!