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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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Compassion won’t surrender

By Lauren Williams | May 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Compassion won’t surrender

I’m routinely in the neighborhood of the Woodinville Seattle Goodwill donation center: today, Sunday 5/24/2020, months into the COVID19 crisis, people are willing to wait an hour to make donations. And I pass a hospital surrounded by art-poster quality and Sharpie-scribbled “Thank You Medical Personnel, First Responders” signs. I started writing “Compassion can’t be conquered.”…

Feng Shui and Karen Kingston

By Lauren Williams | May 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Feng Shui and Karen Kingston

Karen Kingston’s book Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui was my introduction to Feng Shui several years ago, and still remains a favorite book of mine regardless of its subject matter. Why? Let me count the ways. (1) Ms. Kingston has a delightful, almost goofy, sense of humor. (2) She is an Organizing virtuoso. There…

Charity Choice Monday – Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – RealChange 53

By Lauren Williams | May 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – RealChange 53

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: “Keeping families together, protecting people from violence, and standing up to injustice We believe access to justice shouldn’t depend on where you are born or how much money you have.”   The Project accepts donations of vehicles.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

By Lauren Williams | May 14, 2020 | Comments Off on The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

Fear is big, or small. Confronting it on any scale is empowering. I incorporated Casual Uncluttering LLC 10/11/2011. I filed a trademark application for Casual Uncluttering on 10/21/2011, no lawyer, no nuttin except my research and a very patient and kind trademark attorney at the US Patent and Trademark Office. I achieved ownership on July…

Virtual Cinema Very Verite

By Lauren Williams | May 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Virtual Cinema Very Verite

I’m prouder than a peacock that Casual Uncluttering LLC’s first-ever virtual Organizer on the Road Show was a success. GenPride, a community center dedicated to serving LGBTQ Puget Sound Region residents, graciously hosted me. I was fortunate – we had a small number of guests, so I didn’t feel nearly the same stage fright as…

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Mourning the Monopoly

By Lauren Williams | May 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Mourning the Monopoly

I abandoned my cherished Safeway Monopoly weeks ago. Asking clerks to endure another exposure to a stranger to hand me tiny blue gambling slips felt petty and selfish. They deserved to reserve their patience and strength for people with genuine check-out problems. Giving up Monopoly – anguishing, and necessary. There’s nothing wrong in seeking out…

Charity Choice Monday – Cedar River Clinics – RealChange 52

By Lauren Williams | May 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Cedar River Clinics – RealChange 52

Cedar River Clinics  is “the only AAAHC accredited abortion provider in Washington, our clinics meet the rigorous standards for quality set by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Centers. Cedar River Clinics is a social justice organization that combines direct services (abortion, birth control, reproductive healthcare), with advocacy and activism (to preserve and ensure access)…

Comedy – ADD/ADHD – Brilliant

By Lauren Williams | May 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Comedy – ADD/ADHD – Brilliant

The Holderness Family – Comedy – ADD/ADHD – Brilliant. This loving, extroverted, outrageously creative family is giving a gift to the world, finding astonishingly inventive ways to cope during life in shelter-in-place. Penn Holderness, the Mr. of the household, is very open about his ADD-ableness and a splendid example of a person who uses it…

Charity Choice Monday – Lahai Health – RealChange 51

By Lauren Williams | May 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Charity Choice Monday – Lahai Health – RealChange 51

Lahai Health – formerly Puget Sound Christian Clinic – provides comprehensive primary-care services to low-income patients in the Puget Sound Region. It acts through “Showing Christ’s love by…Providing Hope & Health for Underserved People.”   Lahai has in particular developed an understanding of how to accept donations of vehicles – and it means ANY vehicle…

Take a look at your closets

By Lauren Williams | April 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Take a look at your closets

Take a look at your closets – are you using them effectively? Do you truly need some more? The timing of this piece is fortunate, when people may have some more time to organize: “11 Best Closets When You Need More Space” by Terri Williams for Heavy.com. I was delighted to see how many of…