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Never use the surface area of your desk for storage. It’s a place to work, so you need to treat it as an open space where you can produce results free of clutter. That means the items that permanently rest on top of your desk should only remain there if you use them every day (such as a computer keyboard and monitor) or if they inspire you (such as a framed photo of your family). Otherwise, banish everything to a file cabinet, a desk drawer or a credenza where you can create piles of files as needed. Source: Organized To Be the Best! by Susan Silver, Adams-Hall Publishing, Los Angeles, 1995.