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Kristin’s New Systems

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

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?

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