I'll be the first to admit my desk is a mess. Well, it is to anyone else who see it. To me, it's organized chaos. I know where everything is.
In addition to the office supplies--things like paper, pens, a stapler, and paperclips--I have a ton of research books, mostly from Writer's Digest.
While the clutter which encroaches my computer drives other people crazy, I find it helpful to have most of my research information at my fingertips. If I were to be completely honest, though, the "mess" also keeps my family away from my computer. They're afraid of messing with my system!
There is a saying that goes something like "if a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what does a clear desk mean?" I suppose it's only logical that a clear desk would be a clear mind. No thank you. I enjoy the random thoughts that pop in my head. I like the idea that I'm creative enough to write an engaging story.
I'd like to hear from others. What does your desk look like? And does it bother you?