When I was working as an IT Manager years ago I was stickler with the end-user on organized file management, which included saving files and program shortcuts to the Windows desktop. I would train people to save their work to a root folder and teach them to keep the desktop as clean as possible. A desktop that gets out of control will cause you anxiety and lead to a less productive computer experience; besides, in the workplace openly displaying files (even their names), that others around you can see, could present a security risk or lead to confidentiality issues. A cluttered desktop is like having a cluttered office and portrays the lack of organizational skills.
With that being said, below is a good post I found that will assist you at home and work in maintaining and organizing your desktop.
The desktop is a convenient place to store files and program shortcuts, but it can get messy fast. Here’s how to tidy your desktop up so you can quickly find everything you’re looking for—and make sure it stays nice and organized.
Source: How To Organize Your Messy Windows Desktop (And Keep It That Way)