The Casual Uncluttering LLC misadventures continue. My gifted webcam, 8-years-young, is awesome. Once I got it and audio to work in a cappella harmony. After an hour of cycling through every combination of every switch I could think of. I still haven’t the slightest daft notion of why what I’m doing works. Zoom sneers at…

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From the web: “A cascading failure is a failure in a system of interconnected parts in which the failure of a part can trigger the failure of successive parts. Such a failure may happen in many types of systems, including power transmission, computer networking, finance and bridges. Cascading failures usually begin when one part of…

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These are dark days, my friends. Goodwills and other non-profits across America are closed, leaving the cars, garages, sheds, basements, attics and closets of Professional Organizers and their clients in maddening condition. There is hope. We’re all buying necessities online right now and having them shipped to us. Empty that box of its 50 cans…

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Cane over chair

It’s easy to to put your foot in your mouth and bite down hard. Not even deliberately. Just without knowing. And when we’re frightened, stressed by unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations, it’s twice as easy. I’ve posted about cursing, and self-talk, before, as defenses against damaging inwardly-directed verbal habits. I’m looking outward today. Sherwood Community Services,…

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I, Lauren Williams of Casual Uncluttering LLC, will have full virtual organizing (aka remote organizing) capability as of April 15, 2020. PLEASE, don’t be shy about asking for the opportunity to work with me via computer or telephone!

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My wonderful colleague Jean Prominski, Seattle Sparkle, has a Masters of Fine Art in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design, and used to be a professional glass blower for the world-famous Dale Chihuly. She’s also increasingly highly trained as a Professional Organizer, same driven data geek as me. And now she’s combined her passions…

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Capybaras

I don’t know what to say right now. The “We’re Here” and “Take Special Precautions” posts from companies as far-ranging as The Container Store and Lyft are just annoying. I can’t help most of my clients because they are cautiously self-quarantining. Most of my family is on the East Coast. My friends are limiting their…

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Thank you so much for all the help you gave X. Your physical help and expertise were really important, but perhaps the most important was that you helped her gain the confidence that she could actually do this, that it wasn’t an impossible task. For all of the above I am eternally grateful. I knew…

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This is a review of the 2012 Hyperactive: The Controversial History of ADHD by Matthew Smith, a chaired faculty member of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.   My first reaction to this book is loathing. Dr. Smith’s two basic premises are: (1) because CIBA (now Novartis) encouraged the potential over-prescription of Ritalin as…

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