Secondly, do you really need it? Remove everything that isn’t absolutely necessary. What is disrupting your flow? Put everything that you use often in the closest drawer. It is recommended that you use a left to right workflow, putting unprocessed items to your left, those that you have made a start on in the centre, and those that are outgoing to your right.

However, some studies have indicated that clutter isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Steve Jobs, Mark Twain and even Albert Einstein were well-known for having a disorganised workspace. Einstein once said that: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” The research, which appeared in Psychological Science in 2014 indicated that these leaders in industry, literature and science may have been doing the best thing to enhance their creativity.

Oral Roberts University management professor, David Burkus explained that: “[W]hen asked to generate new uses for ping-pong balls …, it was those inside the messy rooms that consistently listed more uses than their tidier counterparts. This type of test, known as an alternate uses test, is a common measure for divergent thinking and creativity.”

Although these studies do suggest that clutter may not be completely detrimental, being tidy does have its advantages. Participants in the study who were situated in well organised and neat rooms were more likely to choose healthier snacks, align themselves with more conventional perspectives and contribute to charitable causes.

In the workplace however, although creativity is important, priority is usually given to productivity so commercial design concentrates on organisation as untidiness generally causes stress levels to rise.