Doing it Wrong (Day 29 of 30 Days of Organizing)

I didn’t write yesterday’s Day of Organizing and immediately felt like I was doing it wrong. We spent Christmas up in D.C. with my family and had a long car-trip home on Saturday. My hubby is sick with a wretched chest cold. I have a sore throat. I found out my mom had a fever the day after we left.

It’s all sickness here. Ick.

So today I want to talk about compassion and forgiveness as part of organizing. Or rather, as a practice of not beating yourself up if you don’t do something perfectly. Don’t immediately think you’re doing it wrong.

I’m quite sure there’s a few people who would judge me for not planning better. For not sucking it up and sticking to my agreement. For missing a whole day of my 31 Days of Organizing.

In fact, a few years ago, I wouldn’t have had compassion for myself. I would have judged myself the worst of all.

But now…now there’s room in my heart and in my Soul for compassion.

I’m not saying there isn’t a time to suck it up and get it done. To show up even when you don’t feel like it.

Yesterday was simply not that day.

And gentle reader, I invite you to consider where you being unnaturally hard on yourself. Overly-critical. Not compassionate.

And I invite you to quit it.

Stop aiming for perfection. For perfect organization.  Stop fighting so hard and judging yourself about doing it wrong.

You’ll screw up. Royally sometimes.

And it’s okay.

It really is.

Make Some Room,


Organizing Videos (Day 27 of 31 Days of Organizing)

A few years ago, I was on a tear creating organizing videos. Some of them have been very popular, with upwards of 2,000 views.

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out some of my best videos:

Organizing your desk in 3 minutes

Filing using only three bins

Keeping track of receipts

Using a padfolio to stay organized

If you struggle with organization, I hope you’ll watch these quick organizing videos to understand how simple and easy it can be!

Make Some Room,


P.S. Note these organizing videos are a few years old and use the original name of my company “Mattson Business Services.” The videos are still totally useful and I don’t want you to be confused.

Being organized (Day 23 of 31 Days of Organizing)

I’ve been yammering on for the last 22 days about being organized and managing your time and becoming more productive.

And I want to hit the pause button and ask you to NOT take my message to heart.


That’s right…in a way, I don’t want you to listen to me expound upon the virtues of being organized. Or managing your time. Or being more productive.

There’s a sickness in our culture that makes productivity a measure of our self-worth.

It also makes exhaustion a status symbol (you know when you say, “I’m SO tired” and the other person puts on their sympathetic face and whispers with conspiratorial glee, “Me, too”).

That is so completely NOT what I’m about.

In no way to do I want you to become some Productivity Automaton. I don’t want you doing more, more, more…better.

Rather, I want to help you to do less, well. It’s a radical way to think about being organized.

And part of that starts with letting things go. It includes making time for what matters to you. And it ends with getting enough rest.

So don’t be thinking I’m some crazy, Type-A, Productivity Dominatrix who aims to whip you into shape.

I’m here to help you get organized and productive so you can get stuff done. The right stuff. The stuff that matters to you.

All the rest? Kick it to the curb along with the ideas that exhaustion is some kind of status symbol and your productivity (or lack of it) in any way measures your self-worth.

Got it?


Make Some Room,


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