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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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ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life 2017 edition

By Lauren Williams | July 22, 2018 | Comments Off on ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life 2017 edition

Once upon a time, new Organizer slaying dragons, I read the 2002 edition of “ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life” by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen Nadeau. This was my review:   “I had an unusual reaction to this book by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen G. Nadeau. This is an excellent resource for ADD-abled people because…

Dragging Myself Out of My Comfort Zone

By Lauren Williams | July 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Dragging Myself Out of My Comfort Zone

I DO NOT like to waste money. Have I? Of course, personally and professionally. That jacket that looked sooooo right in the artificial lights. That “everything you need to know about …” course. But those were mistakes, and I’m OK with mistakes. Took time to get OK with mistakes, but I’m there. The next step,…

Imposter Syndrome

By Lauren Williams | July 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Imposter Syndrome

This is another post from Tiffany Swedeen, Recover and Rise, which speaks to me very powerfully. I see this in some of my clients and fight it in myself. I’m reprinting From Imposter Syndrome to Radical Self Love, first published in Thrive Global on Wednesday 7/11/2018, with Tiffany’s permission.  https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/35027-from-imposter-syndrome-to-radical-self-love “Scrolling wistfully through my Instagram feed, I…

Sandra Felton, Founder of Messies Anonymous

By Lauren Williams | July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Sandra Felton, Founder of Messies Anonymous

I may start a shrine to Sandra Felton, a pioneer in the Organizing world. She’s written TWENTY, 20, XX, 普通话, २०   books, founded Messies Anonymous, has been intimately involved in the National Study Group for Chronic Disorganization which became the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, and the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals.   I’d…

Tiffany Swedeen, Recovery Coach, Founder, Recover and Rise

By Lauren Williams | July 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Tiffany Swedeen, Recovery Coach, Founder, Recover and Rise

Tiffany Swedeen, Founder of Recover and Rise, is one of my clients. She and I have collaborated on several rooms in her house. I’m proud to be walking with her and supporting her on her journey, helping her bring her “outside” environment into alignment with her internal spiritual self. I’m reprinting this article with her…

Assistive Technology and Getting Organized

By Lauren Williams | July 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Assistive Technology and Getting Organized

No, I don’t mean robots, although yes, I want a Rosie – and my gratitude for Matt Novak’s delightful November 13, 2012 article Recapping ‘The Jetsons’: Episode 08 – Rosey’s Boyfriend for Smithsonian magazine, do follow the link. “Assistive technology” is anything which, while it hasn’t been explicitly designed to help a differently-abled person, might…

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…