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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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Chronic Pain

By Lauren Williams | March 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain is too often a part of my clients’ lives: fibromyalgia, migraines, plantar fasciitis, spinal degeneration and accident survivorship are only a few of the conditions which sometimes limit them. Organizers widely recognize that chronic pain can significantly interfere with our clients’ efforts to get and stay organized. If you can’t move because you’re…

Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy

By Lauren Williams | March 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog is a source for techniques which may help some people organize their creative thinking in a manner which will help them use it more productively. It is a book which advocates common-sense time management habits. Some examples are: write checklists of your tasks; start, first thing in…

Square Peg

Square Pegs – self-made WA support for people on the autism spectrum

By Lauren Williams | March 9, 2021 | Comments Off on Square Pegs – self-made WA support for people on the autism spectrum

People on the autism spectrum, and, sometimes, people with a range of neuroatypical qualities, can feel alienated from less neurodiverse individuals. Autism spectrum disorder can make it difficult for people to read “standard” social cues or feel comfortable conforming to such “codes.” One example of this challenge – people on the spectrum often find it…

Easy Closets – Joseph R. Provey

By Lauren Williams | March 3, 2021 | Comments Off on Easy Closets – Joseph R. Provey

Easy Closets This 2010 publication from Creative Homeowner, authored by Joseph R. Provey, is an excellent reference for anyone considering a home remodel or an addition, absolutely worth getting your hands on somehow. It speaks to the do-it-yourself OR anyone who will be hiring a contractor. Provey hasn’t forgotten a thing, not how to determine…

J. Gordon Lippincott – super genius

By Lauren Williams | February 24, 2021 | Comments Off on J. Gordon Lippincott – super genius

J. Gordon Lippincott – evil visionary? Consummate consumerist, unapologetic con man of capitalism? Astoundingly Renaissance-Man-gifted artist, engineer and acutely-observant social scientist. I stumbled on Lippincott’s name while reading Garbology (pps. 66 – 68, 292), author Edward Humes. Humes assigns decisive credit to Lippincott for the invention of conspicuous consumption, defined by the online Encyclopedia Britanica…

Still life with lemons

Charity Choice Monday – OSL – Only Serving Love

By Lauren Williams | February 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – OSL – Only Serving Love

OSL – motto: Only Serving Love. OSL, initially named Operation: Sack Lunch and now known by its initials, is a critical, resourceful, adaptable enterprise bringing nutritious meals to people in need in Seattle. In 2019 that meant 1,255,477 meals. To children and seniors. To homeless people and shut-ins. Through partnerships in community facilities and at…

Casual Uncluttering Hoarding Situation 2

The ICD Guides

By Lauren Williams | February 19, 2021 | Comments Off on The ICD Guides

The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization For Professional Organizers, Kate Varness, CPO-CD, MA, Editor This book, written and edited by organizing specialists, ADHD experts and psychologists, is a primer for people who are trying to understand individuals who suffer from particularly complex organizing challenges.  Its primary audience is professional organizers, but it can be of…

I just changed your ringtone on my phone to Happiness is… from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

By Lauren Williams | February 17, 2021 | Comments Off on I just changed your ringtone on my phone to Happiness is… from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Anonymous, February 2021 I get the most amusing testimonials. Lauren

Unstuff Your Life! Andrew J. Mellen

By Lauren Williams | February 14, 2021 | Comments Off on Unstuff Your Life! Andrew J. Mellen

Andrew J. Mellen, once-upon-a-time VirgoMan and now “simply” “The Most Organized Man in America,” began in the organizing profession in 1996.  He’s another of our giants – a little more literally, since he stands at 6′ 1″ – alongside such luminaries as Judith Kolberg and Julie Morgenstern. Luminary is appropriate in another sense – Mellen…

Yes, even organizers need organization resources.

Hoarding Disorder Assessment Tools

By Lauren Williams | February 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Hoarding Disorder Assessment Tools

My everlasting gratitude to Dr. Gregory Chasson, a clinician with too many impressive accomplishments to list here, and The Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force for pointing me to several of these hoarding disorder assessment tools which were unfamiliar to me. I’m pleased to say that several of my colleagues and I pointed him to a resource…