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Kristin’s New Systems

My friend Kristin Duarte called last week and said, “I’m sort of organized but if I have to sit here and look at things they way they are, it will drive me crazy.”

Sort of organized? Kristin is one of the most highly effective people I know. Nevertheless, with the changing economy and a couple of careers, she’s working a lot from home these days and needed some help.

Over the course of two-hours Kristin journeyed from chaos to total home office control. We locked down her priorities, reduced paper volume and re-arranged existing furniture to build out an airy, motivating work space. I left Kristin with a list of to-dos before our one-week phone check-in. She called 24 hours later.

“It’s Tuesday. I scheduled five client appointments today. That’s my goal for the entire week. Thought I’d give you a quick share!”

The secret to Kristin’s success?

“We put everything where I need it. The visual and mental clutter is gone. There’s no excuse for me to mess the place up.”

Congratulations, Kristin! We’ll check up with you in a couple of weeks. See Before, In Process and Home At Last photos below.


Before: Note the clutter on the round table, her day-to-day desk.

STEP 4: Kristin in Process

In Process: Kristin begins her Like Things Live Together Sort.

Kristin Duarte_Getting Rid of Papers

Reducing: Getting rid of old papers – feels good!

STEP 5: Next Steps

Writing down Next Steps: Almost done…

Kristin: Home At Last

Kristin: Home At Last.

Maeve Richmond is the founder and head coach of Maeve's Method, a home organization system based in New York City. She specializes in parents & kids, couples, small space solutions, space planning and decorative elements for the home. Contact her at or @MaeveRichmond.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Absolutely, Tom. Just like Kristin, I’ll help you structures your office and your time so you can fly through your calls, and still have time for a coffee break.

    Call me: 212-627-4279. Let’s get you going before the New Year.


  2. Oh my god, I totally need this help. I am in sales and have to make 20 calls a day from home. I can’t keep up and need systems. Do you do coaching?

  3. Maeve is simply awesome! She helps take you from crazed to serene. Its great to come home to peace after being in the buzz of the city.

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