If your desk is a mess 鈥 at home or in the office 鈥 there鈥檚 never been a better time to make it over. Decluttering is on-trend 鈥 just look at the blockbuster success of Marie Kondo鈥檚 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. And an OfficeMax survey has revealed what many of us have long suspected: a messy workspace affects our productivity and how we feel about ourselves. Even if our desk is comfortably situated in the privacy of our home, it can affect our creativity, motivation and even general happiness. And if we work alongside others, we are more likely to be judged negatively by our messy desks. In other words, your cluttered office space could be costing you a promotion!

But transforming your workspace isn鈥檛 just about grabbing a garbage bag and filling it up with loose papers and junk mail. To make it truly productive, you have to make it beautiful too. 鈥淎 beautiful workspace helps to increase productivity in an elevated way,鈥 explains Melissa Picheny of New York City鈥檚 declutter + design, an organizing, redesign and staging company. This definitely proved to be the case for Tiffany Grant-Riley, a U.K.-based freelance interior stylist and blogger. Grant-Riley鈥檚 home office started off as a cheerfully cluttered nook.

She transformed it into a stunning workspace with elegant furnishing and simple but meaningful touches.

鈥淚t鈥檚 light, cozy, homely but feels like the most grown-up, professional workspace I鈥檝e ever had,鈥 enthuses Grant-Riley about her newly revamped office. She told us, 鈥淚t鈥檚 still absolutely my favorite room in the house, so most of the time, work doesn鈥檛 feel like work.鈥

Grant-Riley did some decluttering for sure, but she didn鈥檛 stop there. 鈥淚t wasn鈥檛 enough just to have a clear out,鈥 she explained to us. The transformation took place during a period of career and life changes for Grant-Riley. 鈥淚 was in a real state of flux, so the makeover was as much about rediscovering new tastes and a style I felt comfortable with as it was redecorating. Now I feel as though it鈥檚 one and the same, and I belong here.鈥

Before the makeover, Grant-Riley鈥檚 walls were covered with clippings and photographs, a detail that many creative personalities may think is essential for inspiration. But, 鈥渁 workspace doesn鈥檛 have to be messy in order to provide the stimulation a creative person needs to have surrounding them,鈥 says Picheny. 鈥淚t is absolutely possible to have ideas, swatches and other inspiration gathered in such a way to keep things orderly.鈥

Grant-Riley first painted the walls of her office space white. 鈥淸White] gives a sense of space, and given that I work with color a lot for work, it鈥檚 great to be able to get rid of some of the noise and relax in here,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 keep the walls blank but for my shelving and pegboard above my desk, so that I can mood board or story board ideas for upcoming shoots,鈥 she explains.

Once Grant-Riley had her furniture in place (she put in Ikea shelves and turned a hand-me-down desk from her sister into a gorgeous DIY statement piece), she added decorative pieces 鈥渢o make it feel like home,鈥 she says. 鈥淢y go-to is plants鈥 and the large rattan rug feels great underfoot.鈥

Another way to add personal touches? 鈥淏ring in your personality with wall art 鈥 I change mine up on my shelves from time to time and also use my pegboard for little mementos and reminders,鈥 advises Grant-Riley. The result? 鈥淯seful and beautiful,鈥 she says.

Indeed, 鈥淏ringing in special decorative elements to your everyday view will lift your spirits and allow you to enjoy spending more time鈥 at your desk, says Picheny. Just choose carefully: Don鈥檛 confuse meaningful objects with purposeless trinkets. The snow globe you got from your SO on Valentine鈥檚 Day? Perfect. The plastic bobble-head from your local discount store? Not so much.

Once you鈥檝e achieved the your ideal workspace, let the productivity begin to flow! Just don鈥檛 forget to keep up the good work 鈥 the good workspace, that is. 鈥淚n the work environment it鈥檚 easy to get inundated by paperwork, lose track of things and forget to make your space a priority,鈥 warns Picheny. 鈥淚f you feel this happening to you, start setting time aside (an hour once a week) to go through your desk, file your paperwork and breathe some fresh air into your space.鈥

Tell us about your workspace. Is it your favorite place to be? Or is your messy desk a cluttered creativity killer?

(Photos via Tiffany Grant-Riley)