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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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How to Furnish Your Home on a Dime

By Lauren Williams | February 18, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Furnish Your Home on a Dime

My kind of message. I helped teach the teachers, by contributing to this article for members of the National Education Association. https://www.neamb.com/shopping-discounts/how-to-furnish-your-home-on-a-dime.htm Experts dish on how to revamp your existing decor so you can feather your nest without breaking the bank. Furnishing your home can cost a bundle, but it doesn’t have to be a…

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A Valentine for my clients: a few of my favorite things

By Lauren Williams | February 14, 2017 | Comments Off on A Valentine for my clients: a few of my favorite things

Working with six cats underfoot. A new “client” dog begins the day terrified of me, and that same sweet girl asks to sit in my lap by the end of the day. Being taught about the Bullet Journal by a client. A client who proclaims, the minute I walk in the house, “You need a…

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Consider dignity when choosing assisted living for seniors

By Lauren Williams | February 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Consider dignity when choosing assisted living for seniors

I am in a profession which often helps seniors downsize: colleagues of mine specialize in it. My friend Trish Throop of Eldercare Consulting cautions that active-retirement and assisted living facilities have to be carefully evaluated: “Somewhere on my tour of Aegis’s newest assisted living property in Seattle, between the grand staircase and the temperature-controlled wine…

Donna Smallin Organizing Plain & Simple

Organizing Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin

By Lauren Williams | February 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Organizing Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin

I wrote this review of “Organizing Plain & Simple” in April, 2015. Ms. Smallin is one of the most respected members of my profession, with very very good reason. And I still have the same reaction to her book today, as I’m studying for my credential as a Certified Professional Organizer. It’s a quirk of…

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Cats – OK Clients, You Know Who You Are

By Lauren Williams | February 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Cats – OK Clients, You Know Who You Are

Cats.   I just found this on the members-only Facebook page for my professional society. Had to share.

Organizing = Archaeology

By Lauren Williams | February 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Organizing = Archaeology

An April 2016 Yelp review from my wonderful client Pinko G. I like this one because we agree “Organizing = Archaeology.” “Lauren has been a dream. She is casual & yet totally professional. A very intuitive and caring personality too. She came into my bogged down studio apartment and box by box helped me sort…

Community Get Organized Month – Get Ready for Next Year

By Lauren Williams | February 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Community Get Organized Month – Get Ready for Next Year

The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) created Get Organized Month™ (GO Month™), a month-long initiative that focuses attention on how getting organized empowers people to regain control over their lives. During GO Month every January, dozens of NAPO chapters and thousands of members hold public events throughout the country to raise awareness of the benefits of…

23 Family-Friendly Mudroom Storage Ideas

By Lauren Williams | February 1, 2017 | Comments Off on 23 Family-Friendly Mudroom Storage Ideas

This article is reprinted with permission of Katie Kavulla, Care.com https://www.care.com/c/stories/4690/23-family-friendly-mudroom-storage-ideas/ Keep the mud out of your house with these family-friendly mudroom storage ideas. If your home has a mudroom, count yourself lucky! Not only is mudroom storage great for capturing dirt from your kids’ outside adventures before it gets to your living space, but…

Judith Kolberg’s “Conquering Chronic Disorganization”

By Lauren Williams | February 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Judith Kolberg’s “Conquering Chronic Disorganization”

I’ve decided to try for Board certification in my profession – CPO, Certified Professional Organizer. In honor of that, I’m going to post occasional reviews of the books I’m studying. I hope my reviews help you find interesting stuff. The books aren’t all easily available, but most are worth hunting for if you like to…

Solve The Home Office/Guest Room Dilemma

By Lauren Williams | February 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Solve The Home Office/Guest Room Dilemma

This blog is posted with permission of Meryl Alcabes, Sleepers in Seattle. http://blog.sleepersinseattle.com/2017/01/25/solve-home-office-guest-room-dilemma/   Posted on January 25, 2017 by Meryl Alcabes Solutions Revealed: My Favorite Organizer On The Home Office/Guest Room I met Lauren, of Casual Uncluttering, at a business meeting a few years ago.  She introduced herself as an organizer and I immediately thought, “I’m never letting her into…