Getting organized isn’t hard, says productivity consultant Barbara Hemphill. But there’s misinformation about how to do it. Here, she debunks five myths.

1. You’re born organized or not. “I grew up on a farm in Nebraska where my family of four shared the second floor of a tenant farmhouse. I didn’t have lots of space to collect junk. Being organized isn’t innate to me — I can make a mess fast, but I also know how to clean up.”

2. The goal is to go paperless. “People who think they can avoid cleaning up by going paperless have missed the point. The problem is identifying how to manage information.”

3. As long as you can find everything, you’re okay. “Employees say, ‘I know where everything is, so who cares if my office is a mess?’ To which I say, ‘What happens if you’re not there?’ ”

4. When you’re getting organized, go in order. “When people try to clean up their office, they start with the old stuff. I start with the new. Today’s mail is tomorrow’s pile.”

5. Messiness is a moral issue. “My license plate used to say, ‘I ORGNIZ.’ But I got so tired of people saying, ‘You’d die if you saw my house.’ Organization simply means, Does it work for you?”