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Charity Choice Monday – Rainer Valley Food Bank – RealChange 40

By Lauren Williams | February 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Rainer Valley Food Bank – RealChange 40

Rainier Valley Food Bank “Our mission is to nourish with good food, empower with knowledge, and serve with compassion.”   It  accepts a carefully-considered list of items.    

Bingo is a Very Strange Game

By Lauren Williams | February 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Bingo is a Very Strange Game

And I was ready to give it my all for TWIF, The World is Fun, which pairs volunteers and service agencies. Kinda like online dating, with CLOUT – TWIF, in its 10 years, has generated $1.8M in hours to its partners. TWIF lists events which over 135 non-profits hold as fundraising or community opportunities, from…

Oh Baby! Storing Your Child’s Precious Pieces

By Lauren Williams | February 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Oh Baby! Storing Your Child’s Precious Pieces

“Oh Baby! Storing Your Child’s Precious Pieces.” SpareFoot 2/12/2019 Cathie Ericson   So this is another online post which got my two cents. Somehow just seems right for Valentine’s Day.   The onesie he wore home from the hospital. The gown she was christened in. The baby blanket that soothed away the tears. Parents yearn to…

Charity Choice Monday – Providence Regina House – RealChange 39

By Lauren Williams | February 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Providence Regina House – RealChange 39

Providence Regina House provides services to customers living in the following zip codes: 98108, 98148, 98168, and 98188. Regina House also offers emergency food, clothing, and referral information during the week.   It creatively finds other ways to serve: someone in need can find seeds and plant starts to grow their own food, flu shots,…

Make 2020 Your Most Productive Year Yet! 4 Fast Ways to Declutter Your Home Office

By Lauren Williams | February 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Make 2020 Your Most Productive Year Yet! 4 Fast Ways to Declutter Your Home Office

Ah, time to practice what I preach… Decluttering my office may be my own biggest personal challenge. Still, the ideas in this simple piece are easy. Tech, as the article suggests, I’m good about – out it goes!! Knickknacks, errrrmm. Make 2020 Your Most Productive Year Yet! 4 Fast Ways to Declutter Your Home Office…

Safeway Monopoly – Easier… or Harder? You Decide.

By Lauren Williams | February 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Safeway Monopoly – Easier… or Harder? You Decide.

Once again, the devils designing Safeway Monopoly have demolished my expectations. The board – half the size it was last year. MAKES ME WANNA SHOUT.  No more draping it ooooo sooooo lovingly over the back of the coach, forlornly hoping to ward off vindictive creases and tears. Players are even more precipitately pushed careening over…

Dinner at the Table – TV hoarding shows

By Lauren Williams | February 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Dinner at the Table – TV hoarding shows

Dinner at the table was often the first sacrifice to the mental illness of hoarding. That was my first, visceral reaction. So many of my potential clients refer to TV hoarding shows that I spent a weekend in bed, not feeling great, watching the first full season of each of the most popular three, to…

Charity Choice Monday – Northwest Harvest – RealChange 38

By Lauren Williams | February 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Northwest Harvest – RealChange 38

Northwest Harvest fights hunger throughout Washington State. It’s that simple. It feeds children, seniors and everyone in-between, and offers programs which support peoples’ efforts to grow food.   Northwest Harvest accepts donations for its food banks: it maintains public drop sites in a broad swath of the state.

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Safeway Monopoly – Fighting Spirit

By Lauren Williams | January 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Safeway Monopoly – Fighting Spirit

Safeway Monopoly is back one week from today. This year, I’m ready. My calendar is marked, my strategy honed. But there’s been something missing, and I finally know what it is. My lucky tradition. Athletes wear their lucky shorts and socks. Actors tell each other to “Break a leg” before treading the boards. I believe…

Broken window, black eye – How to Hire a Professional Organizer

By Lauren Williams | January 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Broken window, black eye – How to Hire a Professional Organizer

The local paper’s headline blares “Roofing company fined for putting workers at risk.” Misusing ladders, insufficient safety equipment. I’ve stepped through a client’s window – which, by the way, was on the floor. I wasn’t in the middle of martial arts demonstrations. A garden rake gave me a black eye in an Everett thrift store…