I love having a clean home screen on my iPhone and a clean desktop on my Mac.
- Clutter makes you waste time.
- Clutter makes you lose focus.
- It's easy to access everything i need from search: CMD + SPACE on Mac, Swipe down from every screen on iPhone.
My approach is different:
On iPhone obviously, I have icons. The first page is sacred. Only apps that I use every day multiple times a day are allowed there. The only exception is apps that are really important but for very important reasons I don't use every day (for example a navigation app that I don't use on weekends when I'm home)
On Mac, I prefer an empty desktop. It is used as an actual Desktop, so if I'm actively working on something or if it's something I'm working on a regular basis (every day - no less) it goes on the desktop. When I finish working on it, it goes off the desktop.
On my work Mac, I have 10 files there. I could remove 6 of them if I really wanted to.
On my home Mac, I have zero.
Your desk should have the least clutter possible. I usually have just my Mac, my phone, and the (Mac) charger. Nothing else. If I need something else for that specific job I'll add it from the cabinet when needed. No point cluttering your desk with stuff you're going to need just once a month or even less.
If you know you're going to need something at least once a day that it makes the cut, otherwise put it away somewhere still easy to access, but not in plain view.
If you work from home you should have a different room for your studio. You should keep your working environment separate from your personal one. I realize that that's a challenge at times, and I don't follow this to the letter either, but if you can you should.