Tips & Techniques

Self-Punishment, and no crime

Some of my travels as I wear my Casual Uncluttering LLC hat* involve trips during which I meet potential clients for an hour or so, in the space(s) we’ll be working, before we decide to partner. A visit is one of my tools for confirming that I’ll bring the right skills and resources to a…

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Cash and Community

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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…

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The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw

I think ANYONE could read The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw in about 30 minutes  if s/he didn’t switchtask while doing it. You expected me to say “multitask,” din ya? Crenshaw explains that people don’t multitask, juggle more than one chore at a time: they switchtask, shifting their attention from action to action to…

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Think outside the pot – the Casual Uncluttering LLC Credo

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Organizers use The Muttering Game, invented by one of our Grandest Dames Judith Kolberg and revealed in her book Conquering Chronic Disorganization, to help our clients organize paperwork. A client picks up a piece of paper, mutters whatever comes to mind about the paper, and we Organizers write down the thought. Client puts down the…

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Casual Uncluttering LLC interview The SOS Show w James Lott Jr.

Casual Uncluttering LLC James Lott Jr The SOS Show

It’s live!!!!! Lauren Williams, Casual Uncluttering LLC interview on The SOS Show with James Lott Jr. April 21, 2019 Episode  Apple Podcast Spreaker iHeartRADIO Please listen in to this free-roaming exchange about my training, my emotional connection to the Professional Organizing industry, my clients and much much more. I am insufferably, immeasurably, supremely, obnoxiously,…

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Your Top 10 Objects Your Kids Don’t Want

Professional Organizers see a lot of Stuff. And hear a lot of sentimental arguments about why someone is keeping the Stuff. “My kids may want it someday” may top the list for “Most frequently heard reason for keeping the Stuff.”   In less affluent times, “My kids may want it someday” was prudent. Humans didn’t…

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To anyone saying “I can’t even draw a straight line!”

D♠ IT ♣NYW♣Y. Yale researchers have discovered that drawing is a longer-lasting and more broadly-effective memory aid – it works for young and old – than writing things down. Even if you’re dashing off an image in four seconds!! And no matter what you’re trying to remember – a distinct Thing, an abstract thought… SO NOW…

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I made a client safer

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Professional Organizers don’t come in to a new client’s space and start calculating how many “name the store of your choice” designer baskets to buy. We come in and ask “Do I need to reduce harm?” Our first concern is safety: Can my client get to doors and windows? Do the doors open all the…

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Stuff by Mary Lou Sanelli

I’m a Professional Organizer. And that does not, cannot, and will never mean that I make people get rid of their Stuff. Many many many times more often, it means I help people discover their thoughts and feelings, their values, about their Stuff. Decisions about what to keep, or not, follow from those insights. And,…

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