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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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Mentoring, the Universe, and Stupid Little Stuff

By Lauren Williams | June 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Mentoring, the Universe, and Stupid Little Stuff

I believe in mentoring, even if it’s only something as simple as giving someone a list of resources to help them explore launching a business. I spent two inspiring hours today talking to a young woman who’s curious about opportunities as a Professional Organizer. She came armed with a list of questions – excellent start!…

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University District Food Bank – Seattle NAPO Community Service 5-13-2017

By Lauren Williams | June 14, 2017 | Comments Off on University District Food Bank – Seattle NAPO Community Service 5-13-2017

I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea that four hours re-arranging supplies, clearing out old stuff, and building shelves could have such power. I naively, ridiculously thought I was going to help “someplace where people can get a few cans of soup to help fill the pantry.” The University District…

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Pirates of the Closet – Unburied Treasure

By Lauren Williams | June 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Pirates of the Closet – Unburied Treasure

Why didn’t my husband and I do this years ago? I’ve never been a great housekeeper, but that’s not the issue as I can hire someone to clean and dust. The issue is I became disabled about four years ago and have great difficulty with mobility. We’ve been feeling our home is closing in around…

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The Tao of Time by Diana Hunt and Pam Hait 1991

By Lauren Williams | June 11, 2017 | Comments Off on The Tao of Time by Diana Hunt and Pam Hait 1991

This is a fascinating book which basically denies the validity of Western, clock-driven concepts of time. Its authors teach internally-driven time-keeping habits based on the Eastern principles of Taoism. Taoism can be viewed as a philosophy or religion: it is holistic, a defining set of practices and beliefs to govern a practitioner’s actions and values.…

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No Such Thing as a Typical Day – Memorial Day 2017

By Lauren Williams | May 29, 2017 |

Up at 6 – my usual target, but it can go as low as 4:30 and as high as 8. Out to Everett, a great city with fantastic Farmers Markets, restaurants, antiquing and beautiful parks. Alas, I couldn’t enjoy any of those, as I went straight to a session with clients. Which was even better,…

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Born to Organize by Sara Pedersen

By Lauren Williams | May 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Born to Organize by Sara Pedersen

Sara Pedersen’s Born to Organize Everything you need to know about a career as a Professional Organizer is a clear, concise, comprehensive “behind-the-curtains” guide to starting out as a Professional Organizer is a must-read for anyone at any point on the Professional Organizing “spectrum.” For people just considering the career, Ms. Pedersen wisely balances her discussion…

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Cyndie Dantzscher – Savoury Thymes Catering

By Lauren Williams | May 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Cyndie Dantzscher – Savoury Thymes Catering

Cyndie Dantzscher, Personal Chef, Caterer and Founder of Savoury Thymes Catering isn’t just a Chef. Cyndie delights in teaching: teaching about nutrition, technique, flavor combinations, and unusual foods such as smoked milk (yes, smoked milk, which she uses for mashed potatoes). Cyndie is another of my Sky Valley Business Boosters Monroe BNI buds, which makes…

Two garages, a solid waste transfer station, and a record number

By Lauren Williams | May 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Two garages, a solid waste transfer station, and a record number

   of cats in a household.   Awesome day.

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A change in perspective

By Lauren Williams | May 19, 2017 | Comments Off on A change in perspective

I just pulled into my driveway, started getting ready for the transition from car to house. Took off my driving glasses, started gathering my things. Not ready to put on my “near” glasses. Saw something small and brown rushing across my driveway. Not a squirrel. Not a mole. Most definitely not a Mountain Beaver. Mouse?…

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Gaming Monopoly, Safeway Style

By Lauren Williams | May 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Gaming Monopoly, Safeway Style

I play the Market Street, Tom Thumb, Albertsons, Safeway, Shaws, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Amigos, United Supermarkets, Carrs, Star Market, Pavilions, Acme (MEEP MEEP), Randalls Monopoly Sweepstakes to WIN. It’s the only competitive sport I play. So, my rules:   (1) Never, ever switch stores. Me, I play Safeway. I know what I’ll be able to find,…