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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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Peter Walsh – Organizer and Marriage Counselor

By Lauren Williams | March 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Peter Walsh – Organizer and Marriage Counselor

I was a Clean Sweep fan. I admit it. Peter Walsh was part organizer, part marriage counselor, and all no-nonsense. I like two of his books, and these are the reviews. “It’s All Too Much” This book is NOT just a copy of the “It’s All Too Much Workbook.”  Mr. Walsh, with humor and compassion,…

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Lee Alley Northwest Business Photo Services

By Lauren Williams | March 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Lee Alley Northwest Business Photo Services

Lee Alley is Lead Advertising Photographer of Northwest Business Photo Services. And a keeper of 8,000 bees. And proud Papa of people and pack goats, which is why he generously gave three hours of his time to photograph dozens of babies at Puget Sound Goat Rescue. That and he admits the day was a “hoot.”   Lee’s…

BNI – Business Network International – my secret weapon

By Lauren Williams | March 25, 2017 | Comments Off on BNI – Business Network International – my secret weapon

I belong to the Sky Valley Business Boosters Monroe chapter of BNI – Business Network International. BNI is a quietly-kept not-so secret, a for-fee referral society with a strict but humane code of conduct, an initial screening protocol, and over 200,000 members worldwide. BNI members who stay long-term can be counted on: we are building professional…

Spring Cleaning, Spring Remodeling?

By Lauren Williams | March 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning, Spring Remodeling?

“Complete Home Storage” by Southern Living magazine, 1999, is one of those things I love to find in thrift stores, or, in this case, the fundraising bookstore of a public library in Bellevue, WA. You never know what excellent advice special editions of magazines are going to have. It’s not on my reading list for…

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The 3rd best time management tool ever

By Lauren Williams | March 22, 2017 | Comments Off on The 3rd best time management tool ever

And I think I invented the third best time management tool ever, but if I’m wrong someone please let me know. It’s the Wish List calendar. I keep a calendar just for events I’d like to do: scheduled just like appointments for the doctor, the car in the shop, the children’s soccer games except Wish List appointments aren’t…

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Non-Profits DO make a difference

By Lauren Williams | March 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Non-Profits DO make a difference

Non-profits make a huge difference in our communities. This post is for those of you who may feel a dispirited “How can I make a difference?” when anticipating the Spring holiday season and what it means. Baltimore The Village Learning Place (VLP) is an independent community center and library reclaimed from a decommissioned Baltimore City public library.…

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Free the Weekend: 5 Household Chores You Can Totally Skip

By Lauren Williams | March 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Free the Weekend: 5 Household Chores You Can Totally Skip

Free the Weekend: 5 Household Chores You Can Totally Skip is soooo totally speaking my language.   Angela Colley, an entertaining and informative blogger for Realtor.com, got me to open up for this piece. But sorry, I didn’t actually say you can skip chores.

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Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) = Organizers +

By Lauren Williams | March 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) = Organizers +

Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) are good. Very good. I’m one of them, I know. But participants in the Institute for Challenging Disorganization‘s (ICD) programming are skilled for clients with more demanding needs: clients with brain injuries, ADD, hoarding disorder and the like. ICD-certified Professional Organizers are VERY VERY VERY highly trained. Just the prerequisites…

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Consignment Clears Clutter – and other ways to let It go

By Lauren Williams | March 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Consignment Clears Clutter – and other ways to let It go

Consignment clears clutter, and the money isn’t bad either. Toss in the “reduces, reuses, recycles” bonus and consignment is a terrific option for items from your entire house or business. Consignment shops even specialize: a Google search for “consignment shops” pulls up plus-size women’s clothing, furniture, antiques like the one below (just kidding, I made…

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THE SECOND BEST TIME MANAGEMENT TOOL EVER

By Lauren Williams | March 16, 2017 | Comments Off on THE SECOND BEST TIME MANAGEMENT TOOL EVER

My March 14, 2017 post taught you the best time management technique ever. The second best time management technique ever is a little more complicated. I hope the visual helps.   Whenever I have a task which has a time frame which is limited by something outside my control, like store hours, a deadline when…