Some say that clutter kills creativity, while others say the opposite is true.
So, who do you listen to?
Why not ignore them all, and do what works best for you?
There are days where my desk is full of clutter, index cards, pieces of paper, books, and so on.
Then there are days where it is clear and everything is in its place.
For me, it is the cleaning up bit that helps my creativity as I am doing something else, and things come as a side thought.
Remember, it’s your desk.
If you can only be creative with clutter, do it.
Whereas if you need to be able to actually see the desk, do that.
It’s what works for you that matters, not what someone says should work.