The debate if one should create in cleanliness or clutter has been around for a long time. I would argue that it doesn’t matter. If one or the other keeps you from creating, then change it. But, it shouldn’t be a debate whether one is better than the other, because it is a personal preference.
Here’s Einstein’s take on it:
I personally prefer a clean desk, but sometimes things pile up. But again, it’s just a personal preference. I believe excuses like this one keeps us from creating our best work. I know it has kept me from putting forth my best work many times. Thoughts like, “once I organize my office I will…”, or “once I get a new computer I will…”, or “once I create a new filing system, I will…” can come, and I will get busy with everything else besides what I really need to be doing. Excuses like to change our course of direction to less important tasks if we allow them to, but it doesn’t have to be this way.