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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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Thanks Forgiving

By Lauren Williams | November 21, 2017 | 2 Comments

I struggle with forgiving. Taking on forgiveness, a conscious act of forgiving someone, sometimes feels dangerous to me, as if I will leave myself deliberately vulnerable to another transgression by an offender. But there is strong research (the pioneers are Dr. Fred Luskin of Stanford University and Dr. Robert Enright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison) that…

The Challenge of Language

By Lauren Williams | November 17, 2017 | 4 Comments

I have to. I must. You must. I have to meet this deadline. I must meet this deadline. You must meet this deadline. I have to meet this deadline to get organized or I’ll be embarrassed when my friends come over for the party. I must meet this deadline and then I’ll have a more…

Relationships

By Lauren Williams | November 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Relationships

I terminated an unproductive business relationship today. Ought to be a done deal, pun intended, in about two weeks. It took me a while, maybe too long, to get to the brink – I believe in fair chances. But it’s costing me far more in time and energy than it’s bringing back in income, and…

Clever Girl’s Guide to Living With Less by Kathy Vines

By Lauren Williams | November 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Clever Girl’s Guide to Living With Less by Kathy Vines

Clever Girl’s Guide to Living with Less by Kathy Vines is an easy-to-read book written with compassion and good humor. It is a good primer, a very basic guide to the principles for how one gets organized, and the emotional obstacles which can make the work so frustrating. Precisely because it is so basic, this…

Racking ‘Em Up – Third ICD Certificate of Study

By Lauren Williams | November 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Racking ‘Em Up – Third ICD Certificate of Study

More continuing education to maintain my CPO designation: Level 1 Certificate of Study in CD Client Administration. What in the world does that mean?  Some of the courses: Telephone Support for the Chronically Disorganized Client Nonverbal Communication Introduction to Interpersonal Intelligence  

Shoes Goodwill Glitter Sale Nov 2017

CALLING ALL DEDICATED SHOPPERS – Goodwill Glitter Sale Nov 11 – 12 2017

By Lauren Williams | November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on CALLING ALL DEDICATED SHOPPERS – Goodwill Glitter Sale Nov 11 – 12 2017

I get Professional Organizer perks. Excellent perks. Fierce and fabulous perks. A behind-the-scenes tour of Goodwill Seattle‘s premier retail location at 1400 South Lane Street last night, was, for the second time I’ve taken the tour, my favorite perk of all time. My NAPO Seattle Area chapter colleagues and I were hosted by a good friend…

Keep on Keeping on – Continuing Education for Certified Professional Organizers

By Lauren Williams | November 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Keep on Keeping on – Continuing Education for Certified Professional Organizers

Just applied for my third certificate of study from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. My goal is five by the end of the year. That’ll satisfy 1/3 of my Continuing Education requirements for my NAPO CPO status for the next three years and I’ll surely be serving my clients even more effectively with what I…

WAIT! Santa can buy cookies & eat them too

By Lauren Williams | October 24, 2017 | Comments Off on WAIT! Santa can buy cookies & eat them too

I made a mistake in my last blog, Sneaky Santa. Some, maybe even most charities, will take a check with a smile and a big “Thank You” and they’ll spend the money as carefully as they can. But the Girl Scouts cookies….   Those cookies aren’t just the cash: the young women selling those power-powder-dripping Savannah…

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…