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Clearing stress starts with your desk

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

Albert Einstein’s words show that even he understood the importance of a clean workspace, and so should you.

I can personally attest that I work better when I have a clean desk in front of me. Seeing my inbox overflowing, a mountain-high stack of files on my desk and paper ball tumbleweeds creates, at least for me, a stressful working environment. So before I prepare for trial or have a large task in front of me, I first clean off my desk because a clean desk equals less distraction and it puts me in a more productive mood.

Lately, though, I have been neurotic about cleaning my desk. I try to clean it off before I leave the office every day so when I return the following day, yesterday’s chaos is gone. If you are looking for ways to have less stress at work, try de-cluttering your workspace and cleaning off your desk frequently. It can help give your office good feng shui.

The has a great article providing a number of tips for restoring order at your desk. My four favorite tips are:

1) Get rid of the piles. Seeing too many things at once can stress the mind’s processing abilities. If you cannot depart from your piles, then at least categorize your piles to maintain some order

2) Add a plant to your workspace. There is scientific research that supports that indoor plants help decrease stress — maybe it’s the extra oxygen

3) Add some color. Hang up a picture to brighten up those white walls

4) My favorite of all: silence. Silence is the best remedy to de-stress. I often shut my door to obtain solitude at the office so that I can hear myself think. also has some advice on how to de-clutter your office. If you have any tips you’d like to share, please do so in the comments section below.