First, a macro view of the whole area.
Seriously, who doesn't need a heavy assault starfighter?
Once I can wrest my chair away from the housebeast occupying it (a rare empty shot here), the real painting begins.
That's about it. Simple, but always ready, even if I only lay down some paint for a few minutes. Now I just have to sit down and get at it.
One thing I don't do is any assembly of miniatures here. Because of the dust and debris that can generate, I have a work area in the garage (usually the gaming table) or just use the dining room table (when the fireplace is on) to do assembly. That ensures the dust or other crap never contaminates the paint. About the only thing I need to clean up is cat fur, which is ever-present.