To sum it up, here are four easy ways to help keep yourself from drowning in desk clutter (reposted from AT):
• Have a trash can and a basket for recycling right next to the desk.
• A large-ish inbox. Anything that can't be filed or dealt with immediately goes into a basket/box, and then at a set time go through the box starting with the item on top. At this time, nothing can go back into the inbox. It either has to be filed or pitched.
• Keep a stack of file folders and a labeling marker within reach.
Just in time for Spring cleaning and my master bedroom redecoration!
• Keep the basics and nothing more. You don't need 100 pens and 1,000 pads of sticky notes. Storage for extras can be near by, but not sitting on the desktop.