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Welcome to my blog. You're going to find everything here: the book reviews I share on Amazon, the silliness I post to Facebook, whatever might pop into my head that comes out on paper, an education on organizing techniques, pointers to anything from a quiet spot to read a book in Edmonds, WA to worthwhile charitable recipients.

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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Dear Lauren

By Lauren Williams | March 20, 2020 |

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…

“Controversial” because he needed to publish a book?

By Lauren Williams | March 18, 2020 |

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…

Charity Choice Monday – Tukwila Pantry Food Bank – RealChange 44

By Lauren Williams | March 16, 2020 |

Tukwila Pantry Food Bank is “Filling Carts With Helping Hearts.”   And it unashamedly identifies its urgent needs here.

Charity Choice Monday – University District Food Bank – RealChange 43

By Lauren Williams | March 9, 2020 |

The University District Food Bank is a beautiful space. I had the privilege of working with a bunch of my colleagues here, during our 2017 Day of Service. That will be one of my favorites days with my colleagues ever.   The agency’s wish list is huge, because its services are so extensive: “University District…

Charity Choice Monday – Transform Burien – RealChange 42

By Lauren Williams | March 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Transform Burien – RealChange 42

Transform Burien “provides food, clothing, laundry, and love for those in need.”   Meals, showers, laundry machines, a clothing bank, medical and dental care. As you can imagine, Transform Burien has a long wish-list.    

Oh, the Books We’ll Write

By Lauren Williams | February 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Oh, the Books We’ll Write

Professional Organizers can specialize in working with seniors, children, people with ADD, arranging photo collections. And wow, some of the highly-targeted books my colleagues have written are AWESOME. I’m not going to review most of these in-depth, ever, because I don’t feel competent to do so. But I bring them to your attention because they…

Certified Professional Organizer medallion

Volunteering for NAPO

By Lauren Williams | February 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Volunteering for NAPO

I am perplexingly contradictorily humbled and crowingly proud that I’ve been asked to sit in volunteer service to my professional society, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, as a BCPO Exam Development Committee Subject Matter Expert. It’s a position with the Board that oversees the qualification process for Certified Professional Organizers. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Charity Choice Monday – Solid Ground – RealChange 41

By Lauren Williams | February 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Solid Ground – RealChange 41

Solid Ground provides services to end poverty. The assistance is multi-faceted: housing, food, legal guidance.   Solid Ground’s wishlist of gifts-in-kind matches its ambitions.

Ethical Pitfalls for Professional Organizers

By Lauren Williams | February 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Ethical Pitfalls for Professional Organizers

“If you’re an irredeemable jerk…” is just one pithy statement in Debbie Stanley‘s Ethical Pitfalls for Professional Organizers, 2019 First Digital Edition (location 1015, paragraph 3, and WOW, do I not get digital publishing citations!). I’ve been hunting this book FOREVER, no luck for a strongly-preferred print copy and I’d given up hope when a…

Calm the Chaos Coaching Podcast – my 2/17/2020 chat with Deborah Voll

By Lauren Williams | February 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Calm the Chaos Coaching Podcast – my 2/17/2020 chat with Deborah Voll

Deborah is a skillful, reassuring and patient listener! She asked me questions which got me thinking about my profession in fresh ways for our 2/17/2020 chat: https://calmthechaoscoaching.com/podcast/ The Calm Your Chaos Podcast will be featuring guests who will be sharing how they’ve managed to calm the chaos in their lives. We will be interviewing guests…