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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The Beales of Grey Garden

By Lauren Williams | July 6, 2018 | Comments Off on The Beales of Grey Garden

I think I’ll always consider this one of the most difficult posts I ever write. I have no idea when I first heard about the cinéma verité Grey Gardens. But it is (perhaps) obligatory, even de rigueur, maybe a rite of passage, for Professional Organizers to watch this 1975 documentary about Edith (“Big Edie”) Ewing Bouvier…

Rubbed my funny bone

By Lauren Williams | July 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Rubbed my funny bone

An Act of Kindness – Footnote

By Lauren Williams | June 28, 2018 | Comments Off on An Act of Kindness – Footnote

I had to track down the cashier I spoke of last week because he doesn’t work every night. Took a couple of minutes of detective work to confirm his name. Wasn’t five minutes of toil to get his schedule from a supervisor. I went back last night. I gave that sweet young man his compliment. His smile would…

Getting Organized in the Era of Endless by Judith Kolberg

By Lauren Williams | June 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Getting Organized in the Era of Endless by Judith Kolberg

When I read Judith Kolberg’s Getting Organized in the Era of Endless, I didn’t feel I’d learned much in the way of new techniques, new ideas, about time, information or stuff management. EXCEPT… Ms. Kolberg presents a framework of time and stuff overwhelm and conflicts, and protections against falling into the traps, in an exciting…

Learning Something New

By Lauren Williams | June 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Learning Something New

I love learning something new about the people I think I know… Sue Cole is an insightful, compelling portrait photographer. BUT her real passion is fine art photography. I never knew, and just saw some of her work for the first time today at a “mini” gallery hosted by InSpark Coworking in Lynnwood, WA. She…

Denise Allan and Vlasta Hillger book Declutter and Thrive

By Lauren Williams | June 20, 2018 |

I’m thrilled to write a review of Denise Allan’s and Vlasta Hillger’s book Declutter and Thrive. I know both of them as creative, caring, deeply skillful Organizers through our shared membership, and close community, in the Seattle Area Chapter of our professional society, the National Association of Productivity and Professional Organizers (NAPO).   I loved their comfortable,…

An Act of Kindness

By Lauren Williams | June 16, 2018 | Comments Off on An Act of Kindness

There was a shooting on Thursday, 6/14/2018, at a gas station of one of the groceries I use most frequently in the entire state of Washington. Someone died. I hadn’t heard a thing about it: I’d been busy having a grand time at a Yelp business mixer, meeting fascinating people in as wide a range…

Cane over chair

Our most vulnerable neighbors

By Lauren Williams | June 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Our most vulnerable neighbors

I’m a registered service provider with the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA), the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Sound Generations, a social services agency for seniors. I teach a bare-bones organizing class for BIAWA clients. The Society approached me after one of its clients found me online and decided I would be a good…

Cats in Casual Uncluttering work gear

Two very exacting clients

By Lauren Williams | June 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Two very exacting clients

And nonetheless satisfied.  

Chronic Disorganization Specialist Level II – never stop learning

By Lauren Williams | June 1, 2018 |

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve earned my first Specialist Level II Certificate, in Chronic Disorganization, from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.  Nine hours of classes, required reading and an exam… And three more Certificates to aim for!