Is a Clean Office the Key to Happy Working?

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I hate to admit it, but of all the rooms in my home, I've spent the least amount of time designing my office. That lack of effort from a design perspective has caused some other bad habits, including using my office as a general stopping ground for things that don't have a place. When a friend recently came over and said my office looked like it was in the wrong home, I immediately started making a list of changes I wanted to make to the space.

On the top of the list? Cleaning out all the "no home" junk. Thinking this would just be a small improvement, I was surprised by how much more I wanted to work in my space as a result. And then I came across this quote from designer Nate Berkus:

The simplest [tip] is to clean your house — it costs you nothing! You can’t have a beautifully designed space if you can’t see the furniture and surfaces in your home.

Now I'm on to bigger projects like hanging curtains and painting walls, but I'm letting my clean-desk experience serve as inspiration. Do you find that a clean office is the key to a happy work space?

(Image credits: Elizabeth Giorgi)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.