Spring cleaning is a time to restore and rejuvenate the home and peel back the layers of dirt and clutter…
Kathryn’s Home Office
Meet Kathryn Mayer, CEO of executive coaching firm KC Mayer Consulting, Inc.
I first met Kathryn Mayer in 2007, a few months before she and her husband made a lifestyle shift, from a dark, pre-war one-bedroom on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to a larger, brighter newly renovated luxury condo in a landmark building in Midtown.
I love working with clients preparing to move, as the act of packing-up and moving-out provides a unique opportunity to think fresh about every day needs. In Kathryn’s case, I was more excited, as Kathryn runs her business from home. This move meant that Kathryn – for the first time since company launch – would have a designated office from which to run her firm.
Kathryn and I did a Home IQ in her old space. She articulated these professional goals:
- To increase productivity
- To not clutter up the new office
- To make a space that’s appealing, functional, and efficient
As we began to Maeve’s Method her desk, we further refined her goals:
- To put books around me because they inspire me
- To hide all the binders because they don’t inspire me
- To have a success board that is in front of me that motivates me
- To put my tennis photos near by as they inspire me
A few months, later Kathryn and her husband made their move. On her own, she set up the new office using Maeve’s Method to guide her along. I stopped in one day to help her refine systems and found her in amazing shape:
The move forced me to get rid of stuff I didn’t need and organize stuff that I did. Lots of little things added up: I downsized to one jar of pens. I organized the supplies and files into Like Things. My new desk is clearer than the old one – I can actually work on it.
I was equally thrilled to find Kathryn in a sea of mirrors, bright lights and color. Kathryn confidently combined her style – to be surrounded by memorabilia and inspiration items – with my ideas on how to best to display visuals so they support – rather than detract from – a professional environment. Kathryn shared her reflections on the process:
What stuck with me most [from Maeve’s Method] was the idea of welcoming in inspiration areas. I have to accommodate a lot of reference materials – there’s no getting around that. Some are visually fun, and some are not. You helped me to comfortably mix-and-match.
She also shared what kept her moving forward as she set up her new space:
I was motivated by the opportunity to finally have a real office. We moved from smaller space to a bigger one that is functional. My past office was a make-shift space – this was custom-designed. I was an active participant in the design.
And her biggest take-away:
I feel great in this space. It’s functional and it’s me. I feel eager and ready to get to work in the morning.
Click through Kathryn’s journey below ↓ Enjoy!