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By Lauren Williams | August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

I learned this morning that a client of mine passed away very unexpectedly two weeks ago. The person telling me heard the tears coming to me and asked me not to cry, the person who passed had lived a wonderful life. I’d barely worked with this client, but I my grief is real, strong and…

Institute for Challenging Disorganization – jumping in feet first

By Lauren Williams | August 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is a joke which may be peculiar to New Yorkers which goes like this: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” For some reason, that ridiculous joke started running in my head this morning as I got my login ID for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. ICD is now the second…

Marie Kondo “the life-changing magic of tidying-up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing”

By Lauren Williams | August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Marie Kondo’s “the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing”   Doesn’t Translate for Me   As a Professional Organizer, I wanted to give a balanced review of Ms. Kondo’s book. I am quite sure, having explored the website of the Japan Association of Life Organisers (JALO), that there are…

Tips for Staying Organized with Kids

By Lauren Williams | August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tips for Staying Organized with Kids  This advice is probably universal among my colleagues and I. I was just glad to contribute to this GoodCall blog. I’m reprinting it here with permission. I’m even more glad I got permission when I did – four days in Ocean Shores, WA on a bit of vacation is great, except when you…

Certified Professional Organizer, Mentoring, Part 2

By Lauren Williams | July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’m thrilled to announce that I earned my designation of Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO) from the Board of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) on 7/1/2017. I’m one of only nine CPOs in WA among 318 in the US. Fewer than 10% of all NAPO members have earned this status. I’ve worked…

5 Reasons Why Letting Go is Good for the Soul

By Lauren Williams | July 24, 2017 | Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why Letting Go is Good for the Soul

This is the third article I’ve written for Jeff Moore’s fantastic website EveryDayPowerBlog. It was fun writing, but the best part is the video that Jeff found for the end. I’m reprinting the article with Jeff’s permission, but PLEASE go online for the film. It’s fascinating. 5 Reasons Why Letting Go is Good for the Soul…

Packing boxes

Pop Goes the Client

By Lauren Williams | July 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Pop Goes the Client

It’s a good day when you can help a “pop-up” client (Lauren Williams dictionary: a client who only needs help every once-in-a-while) last-minute before a home inspection.  

Wonderful Wednesday: Birds

By Lauren Williams | July 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Wonderful Wednesday: Birds

Hawks, ducks, a heron and my first up-close-and-personal osprey, at least as up-close-and-personal as 520 allowed. I LOVE MY JOB!!!! Yes, I know. I just love the photo.

This adaptability thing is getting on my nerves

By Lauren Williams | July 15, 2017 | Comments Off on This adaptability thing is getting on my nerves

A power outage went off in my neighborhood today. Which spread as far as my car dealership. Which meant my tune-up was cancelled. Which meant everything I’d planned to do today became more difficult. Not impossible, and I  got some of it done at a local coffeehouse and a library, but more difficult. And there’s…

It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul

By Lauren Williams | July 14, 2017 | Comments Off on It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul

It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized brought me to tears more than once. This lyrical, cheerful, gentle, compassionate, sensible look at the consequences of disorganization and methods for re-framing negative mental habits that often reinforce disorganization is compelling. I’m usually organized, and yes,…