Sunday, November 14, 2010

Messy desk

I've been bothered lately by how messy my desk is.  I know I should clean it up - whenever I do, I always discover critical papers I should have dealt with months ago except they got buried - but somehow other things always take precedence.

Well, a friend sent me some photos that demonstrate that maybe my messiness isn't so bad.  It plays on the old saying that creative minds are rarely tidy.

And because a picture is worth a thousand words, I give you proof positive.  This is the desk of William F. Buckley:

This is the desk of Nat Hentoff:

This is the desk of Albert Einstein:

This is the desk of Barack Obama:

Okay, I don't feel so bad now.


  1. Ha ha ha! And now you've reminded me to go clean off my desk.

  2. Oh, THANK YOU, Patrice ...

    I feel so much better now about my own messy desk!!

    : )

  3. OMGosh, I love it! I'm suddenly so proud of my piles!

  4. I think I'll leave my desk just like it is then.

  5. My first thought was..What? That is not bad. Mine keeps getting buried in junk mail. I'm pretty sure that was not what was giving those men their clutterd desk. Obama's lookin' good though. When you have about 50 people cleaning up behind you it's easy to sit there and pose with your nose in the air.

  6. now i know why my son turned out to be the way he of the desks above is not his..and it is not theclean one either. i am messy with my work area also..soi guess it is in the genes.

  7. OK, that's a definite chuckle. I used to have a sign over my work area that said, "Heh! Don't move my clutter...I have a system."

  8. My desk has these hidden elevator things, like those plate dispensers in high volume cafeterias. I put paper on a pile, and all the other papers under it just descend deeper into the magical chasm below, many never to be seen again. Others magically reappear in other piles except for when I am looking for them. I loathe my piles, and envy people who can DEAL WITH each paper they pick up. I'd rather go photograph something.

    Bill Smith

    It is easy to tell the desks of the four who are/were brilliant and the one who is NOT.
    Thanks for the laugh.

  10. My desk is the kitchen table and it used to drive my husband crazy, to see the clutter all over it. Now, 18 years later, he's given up and doesn't complain as often. :)


  11. Well, I guess I just hafta say it.

    A neat desk is a sign of a sick mind.

    I enjoy robust mental health, and am clearly in very good company here!

    A. McSp

  12. LOVE IT! You got me out loud on that one! Thanks! :)

  13. Not surprised about Obama's desk.

    Tabula rasa - a clean slate.

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

  14. Patrice,

    I looked at your desk, and thought, "Hmmm, not so bad."

    I guess mine is most like Einstein's (wish my mind was, as well), but only because I have a very small work area and only so much space to pile things. Plus, I have to leave an area for the cat to sleep or else he's sleeping on the keyboard....

    Would love to have Mr. Buckley's office...ALL THE BOOKS!!!!

    And, finally, ROFLMAO re: Pres. Obama's desk. Still chuckling.....


  15. Ok, I will never worry about my messy desk ever least until I can't find what I'm looking for.....

  16. Don't remember. Did one of those make it to President?

  17. After someone saw Albert Einstein's desk they accused him with the phrase "A cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind" to which he replied "then an empty desk is a sign of …?"