Here’s a statistic that might make you look at your desk a little differently: when polled, 83% of human resource managers say that the state of an employee’s desk somewhat affects their perception of that person’s professionalism.

Like it or not, people you work with—especially those used to making snap decisions on available information—will judge based on your cleanliness. If that makes you cringe, there’s only one thing to do: let’s get started!

Guide to the Ultimate Clean Desk

This is the most important thing to know about cleaning your desk: if you don’t set up a system to organize, it will look like a mess again in a week or two. The real trick is all about maintenance.