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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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I’m going to call it…

By Lauren Williams | January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

“The Kondo Konsequence.” I’m quoting an email I just got, leaving out the name of the shop to protect the innocent. “At Capacity Wow! Everyone sure has been cleaning house! Due to an overwhelming amount of consignments coming in this week, and being short-staffed we won’t be accepting consignments the rest of this week. Next…

Marilyn Paul, Ph.D. discussing her newest book “An Oasis in Time” Tuesday 2/5/2019

By Lauren Williams | January 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Research and experience show clearly that trying to accomplish something all the time is detrimental to our health, relationships and our productivity.  We need significant down time every week.  Yet, particularly if we are disorganized, overwhelmed and stressed, stopping is hard!!  How do we stop taking action?  There is much to learn from the Western…

Fix-it Fairs and Repair Cafes

By Lauren Williams | January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

My beloved box knife, Big Blue, was near death after he lost several incredibly infuriatingly small screws. No big box store carried that size. Even my these-guys-ALWAYS-save-the-day McLendon, a hold-out family-owned chain harking back to the magnificent old days when screws didn’t come in plastic packs of 12, only had a near-match. I LOVE MCLENDON.…

1-800-Got-Weird

By Lauren Williams | January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

1-800-Got-Junk is playing a radio ad about the weird things its team members haul. The 2017 list is here. The eclectic selections include a large statue of Gentleman Jack of Jack Daniels lineage, TV personality memorabilia, and a small boat. The ad amuses and frustrates me. Yes, the stuff is sometimes unconventional. But in context,…

Marie Kondo, a peer-reviewed compendium

By Lauren Williams | January 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

I make no secret of disliking Marie Kondo. I’m gonna link to proof here and here. And I watch very little television these days, follow the news through secondary sources (Facebook, the Weather Channel) and trace it back to primary sources (The New York Times, Washington Post, reputable websites, etc.) as needed. It’s not ignorance,…

92 Events on my Organizing Events Calendar

By Lauren Williams | January 18, 2019 | Comments Off on 92 Events on my Organizing Events Calendar

HELP ME GET TO MY FIRST 100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Do you know of a fabric drive, a Goodwill truck parked in a school lot for a PTA fundraiser, a shred event sponsored by your employer…?   Another goat farm in search of munchies???   LET ME KNOW. PLEASE. PRETTY PLEASE. 

How to Store Your Kids Sentimental Items Long-Term

By Lauren Williams | January 15, 2019 | Comments Off on How to Store Your Kids Sentimental Items Long-Term

Perfect timing for the re-release of this November 3, 2018 Sparefoot article by Rachel Hartman – just after the holidays, just before Valentine’s Day, and heading into the stretch towards the end of the school year.   How to Store Your Kids Sentimental Items Long-Term   When a child enters your life, a mass of clothes,…

Rituals and Routines

By Lauren Williams | January 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Rituals and Routines

I haven’t had a regular subway commute since September 1997. Started them in April 1986. And I still don’t really like cars: I’m hardened against my distaste after many long years of necessity. I’ll never be one to suddenly exclaim “LET’S GO FOR A DRIVE!” In fact, if I’m ever heard to say such a…

Beth Wilson, Wilson Home Organizing, getting you started

By Lauren Williams | January 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Beth Wilson, Wilson Home Organizing, getting you started

Beth Wilson, Wilson Home Organizing Conquer Your Clutter: Organize Your Home for the New Year Did you make a resolution to clear out the clutter in your home for good? Do you feel like you’re drowning in stuff and find tidying up overwhelming? Are you ashamed of spaces in your home, and embarrassed by what…

Todd Allan, Structured Space LLC, Evernote Wizard

By Lauren Williams | January 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Todd Allan, Structured Space LLC, Evernote Wizard

Todd, Structured Space LLC, one of my NAPO Seattle Area Chapter mates, will be discussing the magic of Evernote, an extremely powerful digitizing software system Thursday, January 24, 2019 6:30PM – 8:30PM at   Roy Street Coffee 700 Broadway East Seattle, WA 98102   Register here. Get ready to learn how to bring any information…