This is my desk. Before. I resisted the urge to straighten it up before I took the photo - embarrassing, I guess.
Happy chaos. Which is really the way I prefer to work. Among and around the piles, with multiple projects going at once. Random item list: my planner (note the sticky notes - I love sticky notes of all sizes and colors), cell phone, water, empty coffee mug, empty battery container, notebook with a manuscript inside, embroidery project, more water, my son's math book and notebook, laptop, notes for a project, journal, reading glasses, notebooks of several more projects, another journal, yarn for a black dishcloth I'm knitting, kleenex, a flowered box with my Bible, devotional book and journal inside, a box of colored pens and markers, several mugs with pens, scissors, etc., a small jar of tiny pencils sharpened to near non-existence (a collection the kids started), a lamp, a green decorative jar, and on the window sill, a plaque ("With God all things are possible"), my daily calendar with the little blocks I switch around each day, my small bulletin board, and a scent diffuser.
Boring you to tears, I imagine.
And, the AFTER photo. After organizing, putting things where they belong, having out only one project at a time, with room to spread out a book and not be afraid of dumping over my water. Much nicer. But, an on-going process as I'll get out another project, pile it on top of the first one, and be on my way to a cluttered desk again. For a little while, though, it is a nice change. Much better, really. A visual reminder to travel lighter.