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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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Vintage Grabber Thrift Shop Find

I got a grabber

By Lauren Williams | July 12, 2017 | Comments Off on I got a grabber

Do not ask how I managed to put $30 worth of painter’s tape into my recycle bin to toss into my recycle dumpster, I do not know. It’s been that kind of a week. I got a rock.  Feeling frustrated. But I also got a grabber 😁😁😁😁 But the other truth is I actually know exactly how I…

Camper Truck

Looking for Motivation: Effective Time Management

By Lauren Williams | July 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Looking for Motivation: Effective Time Management

Client cancelled today. Shrug shoulders, take the opportunity to do other things. Except what I’ve chosen to do is so very low priority it’s annoying the heck out of me that I’m doing it. Until I realize that it’s actually prep for vacation next month. INTERESTING EXERCISE, to really trace back motivation. Something some of…

Lauren's necklaces

Lessons Learned from Necklaces

By Lauren Williams | July 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Lessons Learned from Necklaces

I don’t have a lot of jewelry. Maybe 10 bracelets, no idea how few earrings, maybe 12 pins. And 18 necklaces. Notice how I’m sure of the necklaces? Necklaces are my favorite jewelry. My first jewelry “ah ha”? Necklaces and I don’t get along. I have mild metal allergies, and necklaces get heavy or hot…

Otter

Scheduled to Death by Mary Feliz

By Lauren Williams | July 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Scheduled to Death by Mary Feliz

Scheduled to Death is the second in a series of Professional-Organizer-as-amateur-sleuth novels. Ms. Feliz has the creativity to introduce yet more unconventional, memorable, sure-to-remain-in-the-wings-to-come-onstage-when-needed actors into the cast, and yes, they are fun! New animals too, YAY! I again thought this book was a little long – one or two crises could have been omitted…

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Courage at the Farmers Market

By Lauren Williams | July 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Courage at the Farmers Market

I’m adventurous about food, eating and cooking both, thanks to growing up in NYC. But really thanks to my parents, who had their wedding reception in a Chinatown restaurant, routinely took us to a place where the pickles were still sold in wooden barrels and who didn’t tell me I was eating beef tongue at…

SLOW DOWN AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH – BREAK THE STRESS

By Lauren Williams | June 29, 2017 | Comments Off on SLOW DOWN AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH – BREAK THE STRESS

I had a job starting at 1:00PM, Tuesday 6/27/2017. Big job, several hours. And no address, no last name for the client, no phone number or email address. This person is stressed from moving to a new home: I’m being hired to help unpack. The request came through an online brokerage which doesn’t give contact…

Why is Your Attic Smiling at You?

By Lauren Williams | June 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Why is Your Attic Smiling at You?

I’m reblogging this with permission from Charles Buell. I think both his messages – about energy loss from attics AND that attics are NOT a good storage space – are important! “People love to install pull down stairs as the means of attic access,  Stairs tend to make the attic space more useful as one…

Computer monitor in modern office

How to set up an ideal home office

By Lauren Williams | June 23, 2017 | Comments Off on How to set up an ideal home office

I was pleased to be invited to contribute to Leslie Hughes’ 6/20/2017 ClosetBox blog post “How to set up an ideal home office.” It is reprinted here with permission:   “The perception: Working from home is a dream. It’s a short commute from your coffeemaker to your desk, you’ve got endless flexibility and you never…

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Address to Die For – author Mary Feliz

By Lauren Williams | June 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Address to Die For – author Mary Feliz

Address to Die For is the first in a series of  Professional-Organizer-as-amateur-sleuth novels. My favorite genre is mysteries. My wildly quirky taste lets me enjoy everything from Rex Stout to Ngaio Marsh to Dorothy Sayers to Leslie Charteris to Mary Wings to Ellis Peters. This book was a little long – I’m not giving away…

Woman's hands holding seedling

Paying it Forward – Celebration and Numb Hands

By Lauren Williams | June 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Paying it Forward – Celebration and Numb Hands

Update 6/20/2017 My friend said I can name her!!!!!!! Stephanie Cohu, HURRAY!!!!!!!!! A brave friend of mine had a Master of Science degree conferred on her today, Saturday, 6/17/2017, by the City University of Seattle – I’d name her here but I’m not sure she’d ever forgive me.  Brave because she earned her degree later than typical,…