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Organizing for the Creative Person – Dorothy Lehmkuhl & Dolores Cotter Lamping

By Lauren Williams | April 14, 2021 |

Organizing for the Creative Person: Right-brain styles for conquering clutter, mastering time, and reaching your goals Dorothy Lehmkuhl and Dolores Cotter Lamping make it easier for people who aren’t comfortable with “traditional” folder-and-cabinet organizing structures to understand why those systems don’t work for them. And why that’s OK!! This book was published waaay back in 2005…

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens – Jessi & Julie Morgenstern

By Lauren Williams | April 7, 2021 |

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens I’m writing this as a 50+-year-old, not a teenager. But for my money at least, this is NOT just a reprinting of Julie Morgenstern’s Organizing from the Inside Out. Julie’s daughter Jessi offers an independent, spirited and insightful young person’s fresh opinions about Julie’s techniques which hopefully make…

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Grandma Organizer

By Lauren Williams | April 2, 2021 |

Granny Frump. Grandmama Addams. Grandma Georgina and Grandma Josephine. Nana Fern Schaeffer. Grandma Moses. And now Margareta Magnusson, who I dub “Grandma Organizer.” Ms. Magnusson is the author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, and best I can tell the first to illustrate this particular decluttering philosophy for the rest of the world.…

The Playful Creative Summit

By Lauren Williams | April 1, 2021 |

What is the Playful Creative Summit? The Playful Creative Summit is a FREE 5-day long virtual conference for those those who need new solutions to existing problems, or have creative ideas but no idea of what to do with them. Play enthusiasts, professionals, consultants and curious onlookers are invited to learn how to play and…

Organize Create Discipline The OCD Way – Justin Klosky

By Lauren Williams | March 31, 2021 |

Organize Create Discipline The OCD Way I have TREMENDOUS respect for Justin Klosky, who has taken what can be a crippling disorder and turned it into a source of amazing strength. And I can’t begin to explain how much I admire his courage in admitting that he is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. But…

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Purses are pains-in-the-__________

By Lauren Williams | March 29, 2021 |

I don’t like purses. Can not stand purses. Purses are pains-in-the-__________. If I could shove everything I need in a wallet, I’d be a cheerful human. I fiercely prefer knapsacks, but I can’t justify carting a knapsack around when I’m not carrying my computer, and knapsacks aren’t as easy to hide (I like smash&grabs even…

Spending down the strawberry jello

By Lauren Williams | March 25, 2021 |

I’m spending down the strawberry jello, checking a couple of boxes off my anti-shopping list. There’ll be bittersweet embarrassment if I ever find out I’ve accidentally taken someone else’s idea: bitter because I’m proud of the idea, sweet because it’ll mean I read so many darn organizing books I can’t keep up with all my…

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Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion

By Lauren Williams | March 24, 2021 |

Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion I believe that some women have a better chance of filling their closets wisely, thus avoiding clutter, by gaining knowledge about how to dress and shop. Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion (publication date 2010) is one of the books I…

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Good Housekeeping Clutter Rescue!

By Lauren Williams | March 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Good Housekeeping Clutter Rescue!

Good Housekeeping Clutter Rescue! This tiny book is filled with ideas, tips and encouragement for getting every space in your home organized. There is a slight disregard for cost, an “oh of course you can just buy a pretty solution” optimism to the book, but it does also supply many ideas for home-made, recycled, inexpensive…

Turmoil and the Tokens

By Lauren Williams | March 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Turmoil and the Tokens

Folks, Safeway Monopoly started on March 3. And I didn’t notice until March 16. Hadn’t put a reminder on my calendar to watch for the first day. Didn’t notice any of the tell-all labels on shelves. Me, the Olympian who’s already posted nine times about this ridiculous obsession of mine. And I don’t want to…