Today, the second Monday in January, is National Clean Off Your Desk Day--If you can find it that is. There is one school of thought that says a cluttered desk is a sign of a busy, productive worker. Then there is the other school that insists that a pile of unorganized paperwork and miscellany is the result of an inability to prioritize.

This special day was originated by Anne Chase Moeller, the daughter of Mr. Chase of the Chase’s Annual Events—the very book where special events are listed. Anne often helped out in her father’s office and shared his incredibly cluttered desk. In order to create a place where she could work, she would spread a cloth over his chaos and then do her work. When she finished, she would put her things away, including the cloth and leave. The end of 1982 she declared that he would clean off his desk at least once each year. Naturally, being in the business, they entered National Clean Off Your Desk Day into the record book for the second Monday in January, and the rest is history. The record book has since been sold to a larger publisher, but the event is still celebrated each year. It is a great time to get a fresh start for the new year.

And what can be found on your desk this morning?