I'm an office slob. When I write, I have a wooden box nearby and I literally shove everything on my desk into the box so that I can write freely. I know if I leave the bills, etc. there, I'll get sidetracked by my ADD and nothing will get done. So yeah, box. I am able to hyper-focus on what I'm working on, so I can ignore the mess for the most part, but this simply takes away the distraction. I just think it looks better to have it clean while working. I still manage so many people/things that it is easy to get bogged down in details. Writing needs to be a priority.
This morning, I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw a friend's new office -- which is gorgeous and looked something like this! And I'm very envious -- but I know that wouldn't work for me. For one thing, I don't like being IN an office. I like my office in the general house space so that I am in the middle of everything. When I had my own office, I hated it. I felt left out. So while it looks very impressive, it's not functional for me.
I'm also reminded that while my favorite contemporary author, Colleen McCollough, practically had her own island, her mind was a wondrous place. And that showed itself in the form of a desperately sad office. I have to admit, her office makes me a little farklempt. But when I think about all she created in that space, it makes me okay with my desk in the kitchen. Besides, I'm going to Starbucks to edit anyway. What's your work space like? Functional? Pretty? Both?
If you're a genius like Colleen McCollough, you can work in this kind of chaos.