As far as efficiency goes, there is something to be said for having a place for everything, and everything in its place.
This is especially true right now, when we’re all becoming much more attuned to how conducive our homes are to not just our health... but also our productivity.
Simplistic as it seems, removing the chaos that we CAN control, somehow helps to lessen SOME of the burden of what we can’t.
That said, research suggests we shouldn’t go too far with the streamlining, since having just the right amount of mess on your desk can actually help improve creativity and productivity.
Too much mess, however, and productivity can nosedive!
It’s important to note here, that even the most random collection of ‘stuff’ can be methodical to the person who’s stuff it is. It can jumpstart ideas by invigorating the mind, and allow the brain to wander just enough to make the connections required for creativity.
If you’re wanting to up your creative thinking, the advice however is not to deliberately create mess as a way of gaining insight. (This especially won’t work if you’re a naturally tidy person.) It is all about embracing what helps you creatively, but being aware of when it begins to stifle your productivity.
As Albert Einstein once said “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?”.