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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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National Coming Out Day – LGBTQ without apology

By Lauren Williams | October 11, 2017 | Comments Off on National Coming Out Day – LGBTQ without apology

I am bisexual, capable of loving, committed, supportive, long-term physical and emotional relationships with either men or women. I’ve been out since 1982. I’m neither proud nor ashamed of this, any more than I’m proud or ashamed of being a redhead, short, having extremely bad eyesight or being right-handed. It is just me. I am…

Adventures with Machinery, or Stubborn Self-Care – Always look for resources!!

By Lauren Williams | October 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Adventures with Machinery, or Stubborn Self-Care – Always look for resources!!

Facebook as diary… October 8, 2017  – I have car. I have gear back in car. My tool kit – oh lovely lovely needle-nose pliers which pulls humongous nasty biting staples out of cardboard. Industrial light, which lights the way past Shelob in Mordor and dark basements. More room for more boxes. Always more boxes.…

Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh

By Lauren Williams | September 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh

No, it’s not a cruel book. Walsh is exploring the idea, which he has seen in his clients many times and which his readers have described to him, that a person’s clutter can lead to a vicious cycle of the clutterer losing hope, neglecting self-care, getting depressed and anxious and therefore even more disorganized, then…

Computer-free does NOT mean fancy-free

By Lauren Williams | September 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Computer-free does NOT mean fancy-free

Day 6 without a computer. My phone feels like the marvelous machine in the photo (not mine, I stumbled on it in Sumner, WA) in comparison to the computer. I wish the truck was mine: day 52 without my RAV4. The Loaner Lexus just doesn’t make the grade.

My computer went on strike Wednesday 9/20/2017

By Lauren Williams | September 25, 2017 | Comments Off on My computer went on strike Wednesday 9/20/2017

So I’m getting a lot of  reading done. That adaptability thing again. Taunton’s Home Storage Idea Book, written by Joanne Kellar Bouknight in 2003 is worth every second of effort to find on Amazon and worth every penny to buy. She’s FUNNY, creative, practical. I found myself wishing I could review this book just by…

C. Melita Webb

By Lauren Williams | September 17, 2017 | Comments Off on C. Melita Webb

It was marvelous fortune that I met C. Melita Webb when she consulted me for organizing help. She has taught me a great deal about courage, and what it means to aspire to graceful, compassionate dignity for oneself and others. I am not a Christian, but I think Ms. Webb’s ideals are universal to all faiths and I…

Level 1 Certificate Basic ADD in CD Client

Level 1 Certificate of Study in Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client

By Lauren Williams | September 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Level 1 Certificate of Study in Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client

This is the second course of study I’ve now completed with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. I hope that this list will give people a glimpse of the rich nuances involved in getting and keeping people organized, with or without challenges. Heck, I’m using some of this stuff on myself – nobody is up for tedium all…

Overflowing mail sorter

Spark joy by Marie Kondo

By Lauren Williams | September 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Spark joy by Marie Kondo

I disliked Ms. Kondo’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I’m warmer to Spark Joy: an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up. It’s significantly gentler: Ms. Kondo has softened her “my way or else” invocations, acknowledging that people can use other approaches  to their…

Gentlest Tough Love I’ve Ever Read – Clutterbusting by Brooks Palmer

By Lauren Williams | September 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Gentlest Tough Love I’ve Ever Read – Clutterbusting by Brooks Palmer

Brooks Palmer is a stand-up comedian who regularly performs in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, so I was surprised, even disappointed, that Palmer didn’t write Clutterbusting with humor. Once I got over that twist, I found compassion, wisdom, and the most absurdly creative exercises that I have ever read to help ANYONE loosen ties…

Creating the ultimate baby nursery closet

By Lauren Williams | September 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Creating the ultimate baby nursery closet

If any of my friends with babies anywhere in their lives would like some help… (insert smile here)  Another Closetbox article to which I was delighted to add my two cents.  “Creating the ultimate baby nursery closet” Creating the ultimate baby nursery closet Leslie Hughes • September 5, 2017 BABY STORAGE CLOSETS Prepping for a baby…