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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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New Printer Adventures in Small Business Management

By Lauren Williams | May 28, 2018 | Comments Off on New Printer Adventures in Small Business Management

I just bought a new printer. Not even remotely on the plan for the day, and most DEFINITELY not in the budget. But when your machine refuses for over three hours to acknowledge that it uploaded its latest scanning software update despite the fact that the software thinks it’s nestled safely in the contraption’s reptilian brain,…

Pet Safety

By Lauren Williams | May 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Pet Safety

This post is originally from Nina Hollander, a talented Realtor in Charlotte, NC. It’s worth repeating many times.     13 Memorial Day/Weekend Pet Safety Tips Please don’t forget to keep your pets safe this Memorial Day Weekend. And you can do so by following these simple 13 steps: Keep pets in a a separate room or…

The Best of Networking

By Lauren Williams | May 26, 2018 | Comments Off on The Best of Networking

I met this sweet sweet boy, Maroon, on Wednesday 5/23/2018 while having a grand time networking at the Greater Seattle Business Association‘s Power Connect: South. He’s up for adoption through Burien C.A.R.E.S. (Community Animal Resource & Education Society). His person had to give him up in a domestic violence situation. I’ve promised my son I’ll never…

Fear and Balance

By Lauren Williams | May 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Fear and Balance

I called the police yesterday to stop an enraged thug choking and dragging a young woman through an open-air parking lot in a strip mall. I think the brute was trying to force her into his car, although she fled when both I and another bystander intervened, and I’ll probably never know. The beast got…

Be generous, gentle readers – Cursing, Habits and It’s OK OH MY

By Lauren Williams | May 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Be generous, gentle readers – Cursing, Habits and It’s OK OH MY

Everyone knows I’m from NYC. I can curse to make Popeye blush or James Tiberius Kirk wince (read the older “Best of” fan fiction, you’ll understand) when I’m really frustrated, in pain or really frightened. Today, what ought to have been an easy Tuesday 5/15/2018, in fact a GREAT Tuesday 5/15/2018 because I sat for…

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Lazy

By Lauren Williams | May 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Lazy

I’ve decided “lazy” is one of the most vindictive words in the world. Whether it’s Marie Kondo calling her clients “lazy” I-lost-count-of-how-many-times in “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” which to this day I desperately hope is a translation problem and a reflection of deep cultural differences between American Organizers and Ms. Kondo, or Newsweek’s…

Sharing the Unforgettable – The WE Movement

By Lauren Williams | May 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Sharing the Unforgettable – The WE Movement

My son’s school adheres to the principles of, and is a fierce participating member in, the WE Movement.   We.org Me into WE We is Everyone We Are the Change We Are a Global Community I am WE   Simple, even childish. 12,300 schools in North America and the UK, involving 1,000s of students, teachers, neighbors,…

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Smallest Details & A Mom’s Love

By Lauren Williams | May 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Smallest Details & A Mom’s Love

The smallest details can make a huge difference for my clients: clear bins or opaque, color-coded manila folders or no folders at all, sort the spices by alphabet or cuisine…  It’s always about making my clients as independent, powerful and self-sufficient as possible.   I came across a Facebook post about Target offering Caroline’s Carts   in its…

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Building Villages – Charitable Donations

By Lauren Williams | April 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Building Villages – Charitable Donations

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a fan of the Big G. Goodwill. I like its mission, I like the way it accomplishes its mission. Frankly, when I’m making charitable donations on behalf of my clients, it’s sooo darned convenient – Goodwills are as common as Starbucks and mushrooms out here. My Goodwill runs are…

Monroe Lip Sync 2018

By Lauren Williams | April 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Monroe Lip Sync 2018

Friends of mine have poured their blood, sweat, tears, hearts, souls and courage into Monroe Lip Sync, a fundraiser for college scholarships for Monroe High School students, every year since 2004. The Show must go on is a time-honored phrase originating in circuses – even if the elephants stampeded, the Show went on, to keep…