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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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To anyone saying “I can’t even draw a straight line!”

By Lauren Williams | April 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

D♠ IT ♣NYW♣Y. Yale researchers have discovered that drawing is a longer-lasting and more broadly-effective memory aid – it works for young and old – than writing things down. Even if you’re dashing off an image in four seconds!! And no matter what you’re trying to remember – a distinct Thing, an abstract thought… SO NOW…

Graduation

By Lauren Williams | April 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Professional Organizers remind themselves, often and steadfastly, that we can’t want change for our clients more than our clients want change for themselves. We can’t force them to adopt new habits, mindsets, preferences or even a new kind of file folder. And that’s imperative – change is always something which each of us needs to…

Charity Choice Monday – Dress for Success Seattle – Real Change 2

By Lauren Williams | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

As a Professional Organizer, I’ve often brought women’s business and designer attire to Dress for Success Seattle on behalf of clients. BUT I thought Dress for Success’s Seattle branch closed in 2016. I have seldom been more agreeably surprised when I learned, through Real Change‘s Emerald City Resource Guide, that Dress for Success is OPEN.…

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I made a client safer

By Lauren Williams | March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Professional Organizers don’t come in to a new client’s space and start calculating how many “name the store of your choice” designer baskets to buy. We come in and ask “Do I need to reduce harm?” Our first concern is safety: Can my client get to doors and windows? Do the doors open all the…

Composting – Mother Nature Cultivates Recycling

By Lauren Williams | March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many Professional Organizers, myself included, try to be conscientious about recycling. For some of our clients, recycling is imperative, and it is critical that Organizers help them for those clients to make progress. There are even an increasing number of Organizers who deliberately incorporate eco-organizing into their methodologies. This quote from the NAPO Eco-Organizing Special…

Charity Choice Monday – Bread of Life Mission – Real Change 1

By Lauren Williams | March 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Bread of Life Mission – Real Change 1

I help my clients, and for that matter myself, by hunting up charities for gifts-in-kind – in other words, stuff. It can be much easier to let something go if you know it’s still being honored, will still be in use for its intended purpose, or maybe even a better purpose – mascara brushes to…

FREE TOOL – THINK ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZING CHALLENGES

By Lauren Williams | March 24, 2019 | Comments Off on FREE TOOL – THINK ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZING CHALLENGES

Free tool on my website homepage. A copy of the Casual Uncluttering LLC  survey I use to start or continue conversations with my potential and existing clients. Download it for yourself, give it to people who might need it!

Stuff by Mary Lou Sanelli

By Lauren Williams | March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Stuff by Mary Lou Sanelli

I’m a Professional Organizer. And that does not, cannot, and will never mean that I make people get rid of their Stuff. Many many many times more often, it means I help people discover their thoughts and feelings, their values, about their Stuff. Decisions about what to keep, or not, follow from those insights. And,…

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook

By Lauren Williams | March 19, 2019 | Comments Off on The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook

This is pure serendipity. As I sit down to write this review of the sixth edition of The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook, and pull the book up on Amazon just to check whether it’s the most current, I learn that the seventh will be released on April 1, 2019. So mine is “good enough.”…

The best kind of specialization

By Lauren Williams | March 18, 2019 | Comments Off on The best kind of specialization

I’m not a specialist. My youngest client, one-on-one, has been five-years-old. My oldest in her 80s. I work in arts & crafts rooms, home-based business offices, storage units, garages, and anywhere else you dare to name – I’m the one on the Board of my chapter of my professional society who comes to the meetings…