Successful CEO buried in paperwork

Before / After Case Study

( Move mouse over picture for after )


Papers were the dominant player on the desk of this busy CEO. Years of inaction kept these papers piling up until they were no longer important. Time was the organizing factor for this desk. Once a few years past, the bottom layer could be removed because it no longer was a pressing matter.


Every paper in the office was touched and either filed or tossed. The Freedom Filer filing system was implemented so that all papers put into the file system would have an exit strategy. This way the folders would not expand into more file cabinets over time.

We created a filling system that kept piles off of the desk and focused on keeping 60% of the desk area open for business. Instead of laying a paper onto the desk surface when in hand, a decision was made as to whether it should be tossed, filed into a hanging folder or moved into one of the vertical desktop folders as an active project. Months later, the desk is still clear and the system is functioning!

What Our Clients Say:

“You’ve been a significant agent for change in our client’s life. He has kept up with your system and his desk remains clear. I’m sure this has increased his effectiveness/productivity.

You’re terrific at what you do, and I thank you for it.”

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3 Responses to Successful CEO buried in paperwork

  1. Tammy says:

    Hi Kathi! I enjoy reading your stuff and am always intrigued by the promise of before and after photos (especially since this office looks much like my last boss’ who I could never quite get him to stick with an organized system). Unfortunately I don’t think the ‘hover over the photo” works on an iPad. No rush, just wanted to put a bug in your ear to someday find a method that works for all of us iPad users as well. Thanks for the info and keep up the good work!

  2. Victoria says:

    I have the same problem with my iMac mouse. I’d love to see the “after” shot.


    • Kathi Burns says:

      SO sorry about that, all of the scroll-overs should now be working properly. Thanks for checking in and visiting addSpace!

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