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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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Sneaky Santa

By Lauren Williams | October 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

Like shopping, especially around the holidays? Maybe ought not to shop – get just a little too enthusiastic? You know what I mean: no idea where the trinket will go on the tree, five oh-so-cute miniature Santa hats for the dog instead of one, $100 out of pocket instead of $10…When you find yourself in…

Best Organizers and Bins for Your Holiday Decorations

By Lauren Williams | October 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Best Organizers and Bins for Your Holiday Decorations

I always have fun contributing to on-line blogs. This one is expertly timed. Best Organizers and Bins For Your Holiday Decorations, offered by SpareFoot author Rachel Hartman. She’s got lots of good stuff, take a glance at her page. And my colleagues had very wise words to add in this piece: I’ve never thought to keep the indoor stuff…

MakeSpace Reasons to Declutter Infographic

An Infographic is Worth a 1,000 Words

By Lauren Williams | October 16, 2017 | Comments Off on An Infographic is Worth a 1,000 Words

This to-the-point infographic from MakeSpace storage, a full-service storage company based in NYC, Chicago, LA and Washington DC, illustrates many of the overwhelmingly compelling reasons we Organizers wish EVERYONE who needs organizing help would get organizing help. CLUTTER IS RUINING YOUR LIFE.     Please, get going, with this link to a full set of…

National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals NAPO Blog

By Lauren Williams | October 14, 2017 | Comments Off on National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals NAPO Blog

Yes, it’s a name change from National Association of Professional Organizers.  More accurately reflects what we do, and how we do it. And it’s got a particularly fun resource, a blog which gathers contributions from the far-flung tribe around the globe. Take a look!   http://www.napogetorganized.com/

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…