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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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The Complete Home Office by Alvin Rosenbaum

By Lauren Williams | January 7, 2020 |

How do I love The Complete Home Office by Alvin Rosenbaum? Let me count the ways. It’s taught me a significant number of features to look for while evaluating the physical and technological functionality of my Casual Uncluttering LLC clients’ offices, so much so that I may carry it with me when that’s the project.…

Charity Choice Monday – The Salvation Army – Real Change 33

By Lauren Williams | January 6, 2020 |

“The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can. Assess the Need FIRST, we assess the needs of each community in which we serve. We work to understand the obstacles, hardships, and challenges native to the area’s particular population. Build the Programs NEXT, we build local programs designed to offer…

Charity Choice Monday – HopeLink – Real Change 32

By Lauren Williams | December 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – HopeLink – Real Change 32

HopeLink: food assistance, employment services, financial assistance, housing, transportation, adult education, financial capabilities, energy assistance and family development opportunities. In five locations scattered throughout the greater Puget Sound region, as diversely as Carnation and Bellevue. It needs everything you can imagine an agency with such a broad mandate might need, from canned meats to school…

Lucky Dog

By Lauren Williams | December 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Lucky Dog

I almost didn’t go out on the Casual Uncluttering LLC donation run this morning. I was unequivocally unambitious. I’d spent the morning bored, finally ending a project I started in March – blog posts cataloging the RealChangeNews Emerald City Resource Guide non-profits which take gifts-in-kind. It’s the holidays and I wanted to goof off a…

World Globe

This agnostic’s wish for tolerance

By Lauren Williams | December 24, 2019 | Comments Off on This agnostic’s wish for tolerance

Christmas is my family’s most-revered holiday. We NEVER celebrate it as Christ’s Day, because we are an avowedly secular family. But we honor it as a day for building firmament-solid traditions, to join us with memories to pass down for many generations. In that light, in a month which holds sacred events for many of…

I knocked on the door and no one answered

By Lauren Williams | December 22, 2019 |

It was late enough, dark enough to be difficult to drive. It was in Edmonds, out of my way. But I went, finding a large church, old and unexpectedly intimidating in the murk. I knocked on the door and no one answered. I couldn’t find the Women’s-only AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting. I went home saddened…

Still life with lemons

Finessing Food Bank Service – HopeLink

By Lauren Williams | December 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Finessing Food Bank Service – HopeLink

HopeLink has a brilliant new facet of operations – Mobile Markets – food bank trucks coming into communities to provide service to “homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in King and Snohomish counties; providing stability and helping people gain the skills and knowledge they need to exit poverty for good.” Truck…

Carpe Detergent

By Lauren Williams | December 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Carpe Detergent

Client cancelled. I can do my laundry tonight instead of waking up early tomorrow. YAY! Carpe detergent.

Charity Choice Monday – Byrd Barr Place – Real Change 31

By Lauren Williams | December 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Byrd Barr Place – Real Change 31

Byrd Barr Place, named after Seattle’s forceful civil rights leader Roberta Byrd Barr, offers energy and housing assistance, hosts a Food Bank and seats personal finance courses. It has a constant need for non-expired food items, baby items and toiletries. The agency has a distinctive, well-rounded, thoughtful and well-grounded perspective about the needs of Seattle’s…

What a Christmas Tree Skirt Taught Me About Questioning Tradition

By Lauren Williams | December 13, 2019 |

What a Christmas Tree Skirt Taught Me About Questioning Tradition is a cheery Dec 10, 2019 post by my colleague Kathy Vines of Clever Girl Organizing. Kathy and I first met when she organized a panel for Professional Organizers about marketing: she honored me by asking me, owner of Casual Uncluttering, to be one of…