I used to get ultra stressed when my workbench would get to be so messy that I couldn't find anything I needed without a time consuming search, if even then.
After having endured significant "heartburn" and internal self analysis I came to the following realizations:1) I was never going to be the kind of guy who had a clean neat workplace with everything in its place all the time, I was too easily distracted by "more important things". 2) Based on my conclusion in #1 above, when my shop (or any other part of my unorganized life) became so messy that I was beginning to spend as much time "finding things" as I was "fixing things or building things" instead of LOOKING for what I couldn't then find I QUIT LOOKING and simple cleaned and organized my shop until it was like some of the photos I have seen in this thread. 99% of the time I found what I was looking for in the process but resisted temptation to stop cleaning until I was finished, otherwise I would be back in the same mode sooner rather than later. 3) I concluded that if my assumptions/actions in #1 & #2 were valid that it wasn't the messy shop that was the problem it was ME in that I had simply misinterpreted an "automated message" from mother nature that I initially understood to be "Find what you have lost, it is here someplace..." was incorrect and was reassessed to mean: "Clean and organize your work area now, or you will be continually stressed and frustrated until you do." I think it was one of those situations where I initially only read the first part of the message, because I already KNEW what the rest of the message contained from what I had read so far.....happy holidays!