I'm not an obsessively neat person, and I can always tolerate a certain amount of clutter, but I do appreciate it when my living space - especially my desk - is kept relatively tidy. However, I have an unfortunate tendency to take items out of the drawers of my desk or out of the cupboard - notebooks, pens, papers, scissors, rulers, etc. - and then not put them back again. Slowly, these items begin to pile up on the surface of my desk. At first, because these are the items that I use most frequently, it is convenient to have them within easy reach and not have to open a drawer every time I want to use a particular pen.
|This is an old photo. My desk is not nearly this tidy right now.|
Finally, though, I simply can't stand it anymore, and I take however long I need to stow all of the accumulated items away in their places, vowing that I will never let it happen again, although of course I always do. And when the surface of my desk is clean, I feel inspired, focused, motivated, and productive again.
Have you experienced something similar? Do you work better when your surroundings are relatively clutter-free? If so, how do you keep your desk tidy? Or are you one of those people who seem to need a certain amount of clutter in order to get anything done?