Cluttered desktops are visually distracting and unproductive. You may have originally parked a file on your desktop for quick access, but over time that one file becomes one of a hundred folders. Instead of saving time you now spend extra minutes reading through the folder labels.
If you are one of those who like to use your desktop for file saving, take a look at the work of Kate England on her site, Marmalade Moon. She is an artist who has created unique desktop icons that at a glance help organize your folders. Here is one example:
Under her Workflow category, she has three collections: Productive Icons, Organizer Icons, and Creative Icons. She also has sets of colored folders.
Visit her site and download some free samples of her work to become acquainted with her style and offerings. She has unique wallpaper designs and vintage file folders available at no cost to help you get started with the organization of your desktop.