I am not a natural organizer.
My school folders were never particularly neat. I regularly forget where I put things. My desk is somewhat haphazard.
So the way I stay afloat is by subtracting anything possible, leaving only the essentials. Organization via negativa.
My desk has nothing on it except for my computer. I follow about 20 people on Twitter at a given time. My desktop has no links (I enjoy the background images). I commonly uninstall programs I’m not using anymore.
It’s still messy sometimes. But the difference between messy and clean is putting my headphones away, I’m able to stay on top things.