Recent research out of the University of Minnesota suggests that keeping a neat and organized desk or workspace has benefits…but so does being messy.
The study found evidence that keeping an organized desk promotes positive actions like healthy eating, not littering and even being more generous. But being messy promotes other positive attributes like creativity and problem solving.
Try using that to support your own goals. If you are trying to do things in your life that require more order and structure, start with your desk. But if you are struggling to be more creative or solve complex problems, maybe it is time to shake up things a little!