Did you know that 83% of human resource managers claim the state of an employee’s desk influences their perception of that individual’s professionalism? Whether you’re comfortable with it or not, your colleagues—particularly those who make quick judgments based on available information—will form opinions based on your desk’s tidiness. If this fact unnerves you, it’s time to spring into action.

Cleaning your desk is just the beginning. The primary thing to remember: without an organizational system, your desk will revert to chaos in a matter of weeks. The key lies in maintaining office cleanliness.