I am a maker of piles. Some people I know make piles that actually promote organization, but my piles are hurriedly constructed future avalanches. The really bad thing about this bad habit is that when I have a few minutes to be creative, I don't have a surface to be creative on, nor can I get to the drawers in my desk.
I cleaned it off. I put things in their places. I know how to organize. Most things in my house have a place. Sometimes the place isn't quite big enough (small house), but there is a basic bone structure for neatness.
I put my dollar basket on the desk to hold things that I might NEED to pile somewhere. (It is a rubber?/plastic? coated metal basket that I found at my favorite thrift store. It was pretty dirty, so they charged me a dollar. I don't mind washing things for a bargain.) This way, I can just pick the pile up by the convenient handle and remove it from my "creating space".
I love finding things in the midst of cleaning that I have forgotten about. I got this little flower press as a favor at a friend's birthday party. I had forgotten that I actually pressed some flowers in it.
You probably already guessed that I also bought this desk at the same great store. It was brown with handles that I didn't care for, but now I love it.