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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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Virtual Services Coming April 15 or Else!

By Lauren Williams | April 5, 2020 |

CLICK HERE TO MEET ME Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer(R), Owner, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA USA

Snafus Sequential

By Lauren Williams | April 4, 2020 |

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…

Cascading Snafus

By Lauren Williams | April 1, 2020 |

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…

GiveBackBox – ingenuity to the rescue

By Lauren Williams | March 31, 2020 |

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…

Charity Choice Monday – Central Area Food Bank – RealChange 46

By Lauren Williams | March 30, 2020 |

The Central Area Food Bank is another YWCA of Seattle/King/Snohomish program in its awe-inspiring reach. The Food Bank welcomes donations of food to support its efforts.

Cane over chair

It’s easy to put your foot in your mouth

By Lauren Williams | March 28, 2020 |

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,…

HOUSTON, WE HAVE ZOOM

By Lauren Williams | March 24, 2020 |

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!

Charity Choice Monday – West Seattle Food Bank – RealChange 45

By Lauren Williams | March 23, 2020 |

West Seattle Food Bank unabashedly asks for donations of non-perishable foods. It also maintains a Baby & Child Corner in partnership with Westside Baby: the Food Bank gratefully accepts diapers, baby wipes, formula and baby food. Other items for children come to the Food Bank through Westside Baby. The agency provides services to residents of…

Not gonna keep this secret – new secret weapon for decluttering

By Lauren Williams | March 22, 2020 |

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…

Capybaras

Throw “Should” Out the Window & Holler “Good Riddance!”

By Lauren Williams | March 21, 2020 |

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…