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I'm giving myself permission to refuse to write every day - too much pressure!!! I'd never enjoy writing again, and I'd bet my audience would start making comparisons between me and a mosquito. I'm told I have a good sense of humor - I know I enjoy finding ways to laugh and to get other people to laugh. Don't take any of it too seriously, except of course the serious stuff. And, after all, everything is about our stuff.  

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Take the Long Way Home – My GPS Disagrees

By Lauren Williams | June 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Take the Long Way Home – My GPS Disagrees

Supertramp says Take the Long Way Home. I’ve got 144,000+ miles on my 2010 RAV4. Good car, I intend to keep the poor dear until its engine falls out on a highway. And I drive ALOT for Casual Uncluttering LLC, anywhere from Marysville to Edmonds to Sultan to… My GPS disagrees. Until recently, I had…

Charity Choice Monday – Compass Housing Alliance – Real Change 14

By Lauren Williams | June 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Compass Housing Alliance – Real Change 14

Compass Housing Alliance has varied gift-in-kind donation requests, from furniture to portable, non-perishable food items such as individual packets of oatmeal. The gifts support services for a multitude of needs: EMERGENCY PROGRAMS and SHELTERS: From mail delivery and banking to hot showers and laundry, our support services help meet people’s immediate needs. Our shelters provide both a safe…

Bathroom-Busting

By Lauren Williams | June 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Bathroom-Busting

I never thought I’d find enough to say to contribute to a second article about bathrooms (“How to Organize Your Bathroom in Seven Simple Steps“) by Paige Smith for SelfStorage.com was the first) but I did.   “How to Organize Your Bathroom Fast – Even in 15 Minutes” by Michelle Coy, January 14, 2019 for realtor.com   Overwhelmed…

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center Show Ribbons

NAPO Seattle Area Chapter Day of Service 6-15-2019

By Lauren Williams | June 19, 2019 | Comments Off on NAPO Seattle Area Chapter Day of Service 6-15-2019

OHMIGOSH we had a great day!!!!! Eleven of us, quite possibly a record number for a Day of Service, from NAPO Seattle Area Chapter converged on Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center to set its Development storage room to rights. Five hours later, it was unrecognizable. In a good way.   The ribbons may have been…

Charity Choice Monday – Mary’s Place – Real Change 13

By Lauren Williams | June 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Mary’s Place – Real Change 13

My friend Rob Macauley, a real estate Loan Officer with First Security Bank, has been a supporter of Mary’s Place for as long as I’ve known him.  I thought I knew what Mary’s Place accomplishes, and I was wrong. I thought it was “a women’s shelter.” This is what it really is, from its website:…

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Good News Omen for “my” charity Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

By Lauren Williams | June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Good News Omen for “my” charity Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

I’ve previously posted that I think local newspapers are vital, easily accessible instruments for maintaining a person’s mental and emotional health. And so I consider it a tremendous good omen that, when I picked up vol. 43 no. 36, the June 10, 2019 issue of the Woodinville Weekly at my Banner Bank today (Wednesday June…

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Cash and Community

By Lauren Williams | June 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Cash and Community

I’m in the middle of a calm decluttering. Calm because it’s entirely voluntary. I’m conducting it strictly at my chosen pace. It’s catching me some cash: I’m letting go of things by selling them on Facebook Marketplace. If something doesn’t sell on Marketplace, I’ll experiment with OfferUp, Nextdoor, letgo and similar. I want to know how those…

Charity Choice Monday – Elizabeth Gregory Home – Real Change 12

By Lauren Williams | June 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Elizabeth Gregory Home – Real Change 12

Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH). Not “house,” which is what I first typed as I started this review. Home. And that orientation makes all the difference. All of the shelters I’m reviewing in my Charity Choice Monday posts want to be home for the homeless, however temporary. All of the staff want to give their clients…

Mary Jane Maffini – fiction takes my fancy

By Lauren Williams | June 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Mary Jane Maffini – fiction takes my fancy

Charlotte Adams, the amateur detective in a series of five novels by Mary Jane Maffini, is a highly accomplished Professional Organizer (for real: the tips in the books are, some of them, quite good and she has awesome “technique.”). She even belongs to my professional society NAPO (page 146, The Cluttered Corpse). She is otherwise…

Charity Choice Monday – Congregations for the Homeless – Real Change 11

By Lauren Williams | June 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Congregations for the Homeless – Real Change 11

Created as an agency of the Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council – Jews, Muslims, Catholics and Protestants – the Bellevue Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) overnight men’s shelter first opened its doors in 1993. That original accomplishment has been magnified manifold to include case management, job placement counseling and subsidized housing assistance. A complementary range…