About Me in Your Home
I'm Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer®, the founder of Casual Uncluttering, and I can't imagine a better way for me to earn a living than as a Professional Organizer coming into your shelter to give you back your control, peace of mind, health and dignity.
I've moved cross country three times - I understand disruption!
I have a BA from Bryn Mawr College, and an MBA from Baruch College of the City University of New York. I can proudly claim a professional history in a variety of settings, from think tanks and small non-profits to large academic institutions. I've worked with nuns, doctors, lawyers and many other demanding specialists as well. I refined my organizing skills while subscription manager for scholarly publications, office and records manager for fundraising departments, senior administrator for a university dean - a jack-of-all-trades with a mind for details. I enjoy working around children, and will gladly make friends with the family pets.
I've been the stay-at-home parent to a special-needs child, but we are fortunate that my young person has improved over time and I can now maintain my business. I am openly bisexual, out since 1982, and with equal pride, I can point to service to my community, at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of NYC, during Pride Parades and in membership in various queer organizations. I once founded a two-person company producing gay greeting cards, several years before they were fashionable.
I'm divorced and downsized from the 4,600 sq. ft. house to the 1,024 sq. ft. apartment.
I enjoy structure and organization, and combining functionality and form - I can shop at flea markets and thrift stores for hours to find the "THAT'S IT!" jewelry box, or spend 45 minutes on the floor at superstores making sure my youngster can open the plastic boxes intended for toys.
- Certified Professional Organizer (R)
- National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) Member since 3/22/2011
- NAPO Seattle Area chapter
Member (Board of Directors Member May 2013 - May 2016, Board of Directors May 2018 - current) since 3/22/2011
- Institute for Challenging Disorganization Member since 7/1/2017
- Earned Institute for Challenging Disorganization Specialist Level II Certificate in Chronic Disorganization
- Earned Institute for Challenging Disorganization Level I Certificates of Study in: (1) Basic Hoarding Issues with the CD Client; (2) Basic Mental Health Conditions and Challenges Affecting the CD Client; (3) Interpersonal Intelligence; (4) CD Client Administration; (5) Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client and (6) Chronic Disorganization
- 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.
- Member of the Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers Network
- Member of the Greater Seattle Business Association
- Certified by the Institute for Professional Organizers™
- Certified by ProfessionalOrganizers.com, Professional Organizers in Canada
- Bryn Mawr College
- Baruch College of the City University of New York
M.B.A. International & Comparative Business
I can help you make your life better through getting yourself organized. I know I have a personal understanding of the impact a special-needs person can have on a family's routines, space and ability to keep things in place. I enjoy working around children, and will gladly make friends with the family pets.
I get huge satisfaction when I am able to help people on a deeply personal, highly collaborative level. I constantly need to be creative and think on my feet to develop solutions with my clients. There are very few people who are "traditional" "neat-as-a-pin" thinkers. It's fun to help people explore outside-of-the-box ideas and methods for resolving their problems. And it's a wonderful reward to help people regain comfort and peace in their homes, or get new space for a new aspect of their lives, like turning a garage into an art studio.
I want this process to be fun. I will use humor at every opportunity to make this work easier. I am also able to work in what some people see as a very informal environment - with the kids side-by-side with us, the cat trying to get into the boxes, the plumber at your house at the same time. That can make the effort easier for you, and that is a key to success.This job has to be 100% client-centered. If you have to call it quits early because your 2-year-old just had a temper tantrum, we will. And we'll start again when you can.
I will always listen to you. I enjoy hearing my clients' stories, getting introduced to their history. I'm glad I can help them preserve what's timeless and support them as they move into new phases of their lives. My clients and I will have many conversations about their needs, hopes, strengths and weaknesses. The process and work of getting organized, if well-done, makes people more self-aware.
Call me at (425) 947-3976 or email me at email@example.com.
Services and Fees
Free for one hour, and you will get some ideas to use immediately.
Personalized, one-on-one service
Tolls split between client and I; parking paid by client.
The $75/hour does not include expenses for materials purchased for use in your home, for which I will receive separate reimbursement.
Check or cash, and is due at the end of each appointment. I am best able to work within King County, but will consider other locations on an individual basis. I work some weeknights, some weekends, and of course weekdays.
I help you declutter and arrange your belongings. I guide you through discovering the systems and the approaches that work for you in your surroundings and your point in life.
In the process, you might discover anything from a string of pearls to old college textbooks. I help you find your timeless treasures, and give you ideas on how to honor your property by keepng it carefully and conveniently.
I support you as you let go of items you may no longer need, and together we create storage systems so the possessions you value no longer get lost or damaged. Those systems can be for artwork, mementos, clothes, pots and pans or any other materials in your household, in any space in your house from your attic to your basement, home office, garage, storage unit or your barn.
I work with physical items such as
- Collectibles and Antiques
- Arts & Crafts Supplies
- Pet Care Items
- Personal Care Products
I do not work on virtual properties such as computer files or time management systems. I do not perform housecleaning, assembly or disassembly of furniture, shelving, or closet systems; move furniture greater than 50 pounds; climb ladders or any other related activities, but I will gladly provide referrals to contractors for such tasks. I will not build, alter, or install anything in your home, but will refer you to qualified craftsmen as necessary for such action.
I pledge that I will always act with discretion and confidentiality concerning a client's home and life.
Remember, the first one-hour walk-through is free!