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National Clean Off Your Desk Day! (Contest)
Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Mary Liz Wilson!

Well, National Clean Off Your Desk Day was actually yesterday—the 2nd Monday of January—but it coincided with National Word Nerd Day, so you know which day took precedence with me!

Let’s not worry about being late though. I took a picture!

No, that’s not the BEFORE picture.

I know you minimalists are likely hyperventilating, thinking about trying to work with all that clutter, but it’s organized and decluttered quite a bit from how it was. I have SPACE in the center front of my desk now. I tore apart my desk yesterday and dusted and rearranged, discarded, etc. Yes, I have too many candles and a huge wax warmer in the left corner next to my monitor. More candles in the far right of the picture, tucked behind my notebook stack. I just have the essentials, you know. And truthfully, my desk is more crowded in the winter than the summer because of all the plants I bring in from the patio that line up at the back of my desk. I can’t leave them out in the cold. And doesn’t everyone have jars and coffee cups filled with pens and markers? Maybe four large containers is a bit much, but I like having my tools. And I have a medium-sized bowl to the left of my desk’s working space where I dumped all my Halls and Ricola cough drops, plus prescriptions for the respiratory infection I’m trying to kick, so I thought putting them all in one container was “neater” than the having them lined up around my working space. I’m trying. I only have one water container for painting on my desk, and I trimmed down the number of palettes cluttering up the sides of my working space. So, much better than it was. There were stacks of things. I moved all toys and figurines into the shelves above my monitor. That round tin in the front right of the picture is a single bracelet kit, so I don’t have beads cluttering up everything, everywhere.

And voila! My desk is clean and orderly (according to my particular needs!). A pristine, spartan surface is like a blank page—it offers me no inspiration whatsoever!

So, are you going to take up the challenge and clean your desk or workspace? Are you a minimalist or do you need inspirational clutter all around you? Answer for a chance to win something. I’ll decide what later!

19 comments to “National Clean Off Your Desk Day! (Contest)”

  1. Stacey Kinzebach
    · January 10th, 2023 at 9:35 am · Link

    I need some inspirational clutter, but not to much.
    Thank you for the chance.

  2. Mary McCoy
    · January 10th, 2023 at 9:48 am · Link

    I cleaned my desk at the end of the year. When I first saw your picture, I was impressed on the organization. Like the definition of a weed as a plant out of place, I believe clutter is defined by whether an item being there helps or impedes your thought process.

  3. Beckie
    · January 10th, 2023 at 10:39 am · Link

    Usually I have inspirational clutter around too as an artist🎨. I probably won’t try till spring.

  4. Eniko
    · January 10th, 2023 at 11:21 am · Link

    If it’s clean, there is no inspiration for me LOL
    I call it organized chaos, no minimalist here.
    I have baskets and folders and bits & pieces that will make a project later on.
    Love your space.

  5. Diane Sallans
    · January 10th, 2023 at 12:25 pm · Link

    I don’t have a desk, but I do have a table next to my couch lounge that gets piled pretty high – it is time for a cleanup & organize.

  6. Colleen C.
    · January 10th, 2023 at 12:46 pm · Link

    My desk is an organized mess, LOL… I know where everything is… it is just cluttered.

  7. miki
    · January 10th, 2023 at 1:08 pm · Link

    cluttered….right now being surrounded gives me comfort

  8. Delilah
    · January 10th, 2023 at 1:48 pm · Link

    I’m not the only one who likes organized clutter/chaos! 🙂

  9. Krysten Lindsay Hager
    · January 10th, 2023 at 6:01 pm · Link

    I need some clutter, but right now I have too much, so I definitely need to clear off this desk a bit. I promise to do that tonight

  10. Pansy Petal
    · January 10th, 2023 at 6:25 pm · Link

    My desk isn’t too bad. Just my calendar and some scratch pads. However, my in box does need some work. It’s not too bad. I had it clean for the New Year. But that was over a week ago. *sigh* time to do it again.

  11. Mary Preston
    · January 10th, 2023 at 6:53 pm · Link

    I have organised clutter in my house. Happy to live with it.

  12. bn100
    · January 10th, 2023 at 6:59 pm · Link

    already cleaned

  13. Terri
    · January 10th, 2023 at 8:38 pm · Link

    I’m in the middle of the road. I don’t have anything on my desk that isn’t related to work. No pictures etc. just my computer and notes.
    Thanks for the chance.

  14. Beverly
    · January 10th, 2023 at 8:56 pm · Link

    I cleaned a few things off my desk…but only had a short time to do so. I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be able to spend more time sitting at the desk.

  15. Jennifer Beyer
    · January 10th, 2023 at 9:24 pm · Link

    My desk is so over the top messy that one day isn’t going to do it so I’ve committed to working a little bit each day until it’s all done.

  16. K. Campos
    · January 11th, 2023 at 6:16 am · Link

    I can’t stand having a messy desk, so I always make sure it is always clean.

  17. Jana
    · January 17th, 2023 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Yes, it’s clean, but I’m not a minimalist. Lol!

  18. Mary Liz Wilson
    · January 19th, 2023 at 7:40 pm · Link

    Need a bit of clutter, but is a work in progress to be reorganized.

  19. Delilah
    · January 22nd, 2023 at 10:11 am · Link

    Thanks, everyone, for sharing your desk-clutter philosophies! 🙂

    The winner, of her choice of one my downloadable books, is…Mary Liz Wilson!

    Congrats, Mary!! Email me at to let me know what you’d like me to send!

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