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Treatment for Hoarding Disorder – Gail Steketee & Randy O Frost

By Lauren Williams | September 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Treatment for Hoarding Disorder Workbook by Gail Steketee and Randy O. Frost, one publication in the Treatments That Work catalog of Oxford University Press, is, ideally, a tool used collaboratively by a person with hoarding disorder and his/her clinician to allow the afflicted client and the clinician to tailor treatment as concretely as possible…

Buried in Treasures – David Tolin Randy Frost Gail Steketee

By Lauren Williams | September 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee is playful. It refers to “good guys,” positive habits for controlling hoarding impulses, and “bad guys,” negative habits exacerbating hoarding. There are jokes scattered among the pages. It’s well-written – there are passages that are…

Entertaining? – try these tips!

By Lauren Williams | September 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

I just contributed to another online article, this time about hosting parties without wearing yourself to a frazzle. Wonder when my next soiree will be? 10 Organizational Tips for Entertaining, Erin Thorburn, Tribune News Service, Sep 4, 2019   “Whether you’re a seasoned hostess or are having your first in-home party, clutter can be the cause…

Hoarded room Casual Uncluttering project

Digging Out – Start with Forgiving

By Lauren Williams | September 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding & Compulsive Acquiring by Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. and Tamara L. Hartl, Ph.D. offers a methodical, scrupulous, comprehensive and clinically-developed program for a support team to attempt to help a person with hoarding disorder clear his or her environment to an extent which will make that…

Hanging a door – a reminder of mindfulness

By Lauren Williams | September 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’m sitting in the Hotel 116 Bellevue lobby, waiting for my National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals Seattle Area Chapter meeting to start. I’ve been here an hour, give or take. The entire time I’ve been here, two carpenters have been hanging two entryway doors.  They’re taking exact care, using everything from shims to…

Fugen Neziroglu and the Bio-Behavioral Institute

By Lauren Williams | August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu and colleagues at her Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY, USA wrote Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop in 2004. Her book is tremendous potential self-help for people who suspect they have, or know they have, hoarding disorder. She offers step-by-step, carefully designed, vigorously tested, achievable exercises…

Unintended Consequences for Casual Uncluttering LLC

By Lauren Williams | August 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many hours of unexpected studying later – amazing what happens to your schedule when you have unanticipated pet-sitting thrust on you – a marvelous result appears – an even more comprehensive Neurodiversity Resources page on the Casual Uncluttering LLC website. I hope you find value. Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer(R)

Ambition Accomplished – More Institute for Challenging Disorganization certificates

By Lauren Williams | August 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Me, Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer(R), Founder and Owner of Casual Uncluttering LLC, myself and I are elated to announce that I’ve earned the last two of the 10 Level I Certificates of Study which the Institute for Challenging Disorganization offers: Life Transitions and the Client Affected by CD and Time Management and Productivity AMAZING…

A Happier Ending

By Lauren Williams | August 13, 2019 | Comments Off on A Happier Ending

I’m studying for my next Level II Certificate of Study with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD): Aging. And I’m on the Board of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals Seattle Area Chapter. We have a lending library, and I just finished a tedious project of re-indexing our offerings. And “the Great Material…

New Traditions – Real Change 21

By Lauren Williams | August 12, 2019 | Comments Off on New Traditions – Real Change 21

New Traditions supports long term sobriety for the mother, healthier children and stronger families. Clients participate in its comprehensive programs while receiving the gender-based chemical dependency treatment and services they need.   The New Traditions gifts-in-kind wish list is the most varied I, in my role as Casual Uncluttering LLC stuff-hauler (I often bring donations…