"Tidy desk. tidy mind” is a popular saying, though not always an accurate one. “A tidy desk, he said, meant a tidy mind” was cited in print in 1948.
A similar saying is “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” “A cluttered up desk is the sign of a cluttered up mind” was cited in print in 1947.
“Tidy room, tidy mind” has been cited in print since at least 1982 and “Tidy house, tidy mind” since 1986.
He said that the great thing was always to keep a tidy desk. A tidy desk, he said, meant a tidy mind.
A Shooting Star
By Wallace Stegner
New York, NY: Dell
Tidy desk, tidy mind, Mother used to say.
The Dakota Project
By Jack Beeching
“Tidy desk you have.”
OCLC WorldCat record
The Definitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook : A Professional Guide to Leadership for all PAs, Senior Secretaries, Office Managers and Executive Assistants.
Author: Sue France
Publisher: London : Kogan Page, 2012.
Edition/Format: eBook : Document : English : 2nd ed
A tidy desk leads to a tidy mind; ...
Messy desk or tidy desk? What does it say about you?
Working in a chaotic environment makes people more creative and adventurous - but less healthy and not so generous as their tidy-minded counterparts
By Kim Hookem-Smith | Yahoo Lifestyle – September 23, 2013
Tidy desk tidy mind? The old idiom might be true, but there may be something to be said for working in chaos, as according to a new study, working amid clutter could actually make you more creative.