Kathleen O’Brien

The Principal Organizer & Home Stager


Every time you walk into your workspace, do you silently admonish yourself and guiltily think, “I should recycle those papers in that pile. And maybe not have a pile. Look at all those empty coffee cups. Why do I have 35 pens and can never find one?” This is not a good way to start (or end) your work day.

While it’s inefficient to ignore chaos, it can be difficult to get motivated. So, how does spending time organizing your office really make a difference? It alleviates guilt, and sometimes, even shame, as we break promises to ourselves to clean up on the weekend.

How It Stacks Up provides guidance to give you back the ability to focus on projects (stop procrastinating), have energy for priority tasks (move your business ahead), and think about what’s next (plan work). By getting organized, you can locate files you need, easily grab supplies in your desk drawers, and pick out the right business card. An organized space helps you face the day.

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“Less than half our workday is spent on our main job responsibilities.”

— (The State of Enterprise Work Report, 2017-2018 [Workfront, white paper])

“Less than half our workday is spent on our main job responsibilities.”

— (The State of Enterprise Work Report, 2017-2018 [Workfront, white paper])

What People Are Saying

" Kathleen is a lively, engaging presenter and her talk was chock full of useful information and practical tips for those of us who aren't naturally organized. She also used slides well to illustrate her points. "

— Elaine Smith, freelance writer, WordSmithTO

" We are busy running several associations and don’t have time to file. As a result, our offices ended up too littered with case file boxes, papers piled up, and publications scattered around to hold meetings. Kathleen first transformed our offices, then overhauled our filing system, and then the storage room. My colleagues and I found her professional and conscientious. Our new offices are now a great space to meet members. "

— Richard Lyall, president and CEO, RESCON

" Working with Kathleen was awesome! I hired her to work on getting my digital files in order, a mammoth task split across multiple cloud storage and hard drive locations. She’s a great listener, takes feedback well and is really enjoyable to work with. She knew when to make decisions and when to check in with me, and kept a great, determined attitude through some tricky and time-consuming aspects of the project. My new file system started making things easier from the get-go. "

— Linn Vizard, Service Designer and Founder, Made Manifest

" I had numerous organizational requirements in my home, which I was determined to do myself. However, I seemed to take one step forward and two steps back. I had no idea where to turn. Kathleen had already organized my husband’s office, so I hired her to organize our basement storage room. Because of the clutter, I couldn’t use my table to craft or create art anymore. The burden was overwhelming. Kathleen and I worked together, with her doing the lion’s share. Her patience is commendable, and most important to me, she understood the emotional challenge of disposing of my deceased parent’s belongings. I cannot thank her enough for organizing this space. The basement is neat, tidy, functional, and I can easily grab items because I know where they are. I am crafting again! I strongly recommend hiring Kathleen for office and residential space organizing. "

— Debra O’Rourke, Retired Entrepreneur

" Kathleen is a lively, engaging presenter and her talk was chock full of useful information and practical tips for those of us who aren't naturally organized. She also used slides well to illustrate her points. "

— Elaine Smith, freelance writer, WordSmithTO

" We are busy running several associations and don’t have time to file. As a result, our offices ended up too littered with case file boxes, papers piled up, and publications scattered around to hold meetings. Kathleen first transformed our offices, then overhauled our filing system, and then the storage room. My colleagues and I found her professional and conscientious. Our new offices are now a great space to meet members. "

— Richard Lyall, president and CEO, RESCON

" Working with Kathleen was awesome! I hired her to work on getting my digital files in order, a mammoth task split across multiple cloud storage and hard drive locations. She’s a great listener, takes feedback well and is really enjoyable to work with. She knew when to make decisions and when to check in with me, and kept a great, determined attitude through some tricky and time-consuming aspects of the project. My new file system started making things easier from the get-go. "

— Linn Vizard, Service Designer and Founder, Made Manifest

" I had numerous organizational requirements in my home, which I was determined to do myself. However, I seemed to take one step forward and two steps back. I had no idea where to turn. Kathleen had already organized my husband’s office, so I hired her to organize our basement storage room. Because of the clutter, I couldn’t use my table to craft or create art anymore. The burden was overwhelming. Kathleen and I worked together, with her doing the lion’s share. Her patience is commendable, and most important to me, she understood the emotional challenge of disposing of my deceased parent’s belongings. I cannot thank her enough for organizing this space. The basement is neat, tidy, functional, and I can easily grab items because I know where they are. I am crafting again! I strongly recommend hiring Kathleen for office and residential space organizing. "

— Debra O’Rourke, Retired Entrepreneur