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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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Self-Punishment, and no crime

By Lauren Williams | May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some of my travels as I wear my Casual Uncluttering LLC hat* involve trips during which I meet potential clients for an hour or so, in the space(s) we’ll be working, before we decide to partner. A visit is one of my tools for confirming that I’ll bring the right skills and resources to a…

Charity Choice Monday – The Bridge Care Center – Real Change 10

By Lauren Williams | May 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – The Bridge Care Center – Real Change 10

The Bridge Care Center, a Quest Church ministry, is another drop-in day center which understands that limiting its services to a particular neighborhood – Ballard – restores community. And it has broad support from an impressive number of partners, from other houses of worship to Top Pot Doughnuts.   The Center provides case management, a…

Memorial Day

By Lauren Williams | May 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Memorial Day

Memorial Day allows Americans to honor and mourn our fallen military personnel. Veterans Day encourages Americans to express admiration, respect and gratitude to our living service members. I celebrate Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). CCI pairs assistance dogs with wounded veterans to offer those heroes increased independence and boundless emotional support. I am certain that…

Charity Choice Monday – Aurora Commons – Real Change 9

By Lauren Williams | May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Aurora Commons – Real Change 9

Aurora Commons isn’t a coffee house, except…” PEOPLE’S KITCHEN The People’s Kitchen project empowers and dignifies members of our community by providing adequate food supplies, a clean and sterile cooking environment, and access to a fully stocked kitchen, ensuring that all people at the Commons are able to prepare, cook, and share food with one…

Casual Uncluttering’s Guilty Secret – Salvage Yards

By Lauren Williams | May 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Casual Uncluttering’s Guilty Secret – Salvage Yards

It doesn’t entirely suit for the owner of Casual Uncluttering, a Certified Professional Organizer(R), to be able to spend hours and hours in architectural salvage yards. Because architectural salvage yards are exactly the kind of toy chest where you find many many baubles to bring home, whether you have space for them or not. I…

Mission Organization HGTV show book

Mission: Organization – the book

By Lauren Williams | May 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Mission: Organization – the book

Library thrift shop find. Had to. Overcome by the onslaught of nostalgia. The TV show Mission: Organization kept me company when I was home with my then-newborn son.  The startling and pleasing surprise is that the book hasn’t aged. Despite its 2004 publication date, the home decor was timeless, although I wouldn’t want to set…

Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool closet contents

Casual Uncluttering Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool First Day

By Lauren Williams | May 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Casual Uncluttering Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool First Day

Just a look at the first of Queen Anne Cooperative Preschool‘s many closets to reclaim, and my cool, calm, collected response! Stuff and more stuff was stashed on every shelf – my camera couldn’t get the range right! This photo of a little bit of the medley crammed in the closet is, word of honor,…

The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw

By Lauren Williams | May 14, 2019 | Comments Off on The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw

I think ANYONE could read The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw in about 30 minutes  if s/he didn’t switchtask while doing it. You expected me to say “multitask,” din ya? Crenshaw explains that people don’t multitask, juggle more than one chore at a time: they switchtask, shifting their attention from action to action to…

hoarded room

Courage & Anguish – Stuffed, 2006 hoarding documentary

By Lauren Williams | May 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Courage & Anguish – Stuffed, 2006 hoarding documentary

Arwen Curry and Cerissa Tanner produced Stuffed as graduate students at University of California Berkeley’s School of Journalism. It’s only 20 minutes long, and every second is appropriate to their perceptive, informative narrative.  Ms. Curry and Ms. Tanner conscientiously obtained and discernibly listened to the opinions of many of the leading researchers studying this mental…

Charity Choice Monday – Angeline’s Day Center – Real Change 8

By Lauren Williams | May 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Angeline’s Day Center – Real Change 8

Angeline’s Day Center, 2030 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, is a drop-in facility for homeless women, run by an all-encompassing, venerated grande dame of Seattle charities, the YWCA of Seattle/King/Snohomish. Women in need can get a shower, a meal, connections to resources for housing and jobs and more. The first YWCA was founded in England…