One of the biggest trends of the 2010s was minimalism, which is still going strong today. The basic idea was to reduce the number of things you have to the essentials that actually bring value to your life.
In the office environment, minimalists keep their workspace decor simple, focusing on function. The idea was that you'd benefit from improved concentration and productivity with an office environment furnished almost entirely with essentials and none of the extras.
Your desk is like a canvas; the last thing you want when walking into the office on a Monday morning is a canvas covered in spots. Knick-knacks can get in the way of conquering your to-do list.
For example, maybe you have some personal items and desk toys to keep you company during the workday. Family pictures on a bulletin board or a motivational quote on the wall take up otherwise empty space and serve to inspire.
However, maybe desk toys or accessories are encroaching on your already small space and getting in the way. You don’t need to get rid of the things that bring you joy, but perhaps moving the mason jar full of seashells or a stress ball to another place might clear your mind — and your desk. Try putting these knick-knacks on a nearby bookshelf or floating shelves. Maximizing your vertical space will free up the desk storage space you need.