Tuesday, March 27, 2007

What's On Your Desk?

This is the shelf ABOVE my desk because the water bottle would not fit ON my desk.

Today over at The Golden Pencil, author, Anne Wayman wrote about how she worked better when her desk was tidy. This topic motivated me to analyze what I keep on my desk. It's probably safe to say that I won't be needing that spool of Christmas ribbon sitting on the corner.

I am moving my office out of the garage, and am a little obsessed (Yes, I've been promoted to the big house) with organizing files, moving supplies, assembling office furniture (which will be in a later post). I started a new business so I deserve a new office, besides, this way the kids can't move back in.

Anne commented that a tidy, organized desk contributes to her motivation to expand her writing business and is a win-win situation by any standards. This really resonated with me.

However, some people work better in confusion and clutter rather than neatness. What works best for you? I know I am calmer when everything in my office is put away and organized.

Write it down,



  1. Great post, Karma.
    I like that you ask, "what works for you?" It's not about adopting a RULE but finding out what works according to you.

    As for me, I am usually tidy, with great waves and piles occasionally. Then I go at it, and it's tidy again...


  2. I think tidiness is in a person's genes. That's the only way I can explain why out of four daughters, who were all raised by a cluttered mother, that 2 are exceptionally neat, organized and have the most decluttered homes in America.

  3. I don't think anyone works well "in confusion and clutter". But, what the definitions of such vary greatly. :)

    It has more to do with one's learning and organizational styles. I am a visual type. If you put all of my stacks of neatly piled folders in a cabinet, I would be lost. When they're all out and around me, I can easily put my hand on excactly what I need.
    I don't mix in accumulated newspapers, miscellaneous notes and coffee cups however. Yo me that would be clutter.

  4. Anonymous I agree that the definition of clutter and confusion is relative.

    I'm mostly a visual type too and that contributes to my cluttered desk. However, I've been known to experience pangs of jealously when I see someone able to walk away from their desk at the end of the day and leave it looking as if no one had been there.

    Drop by again.