About Me in Your Office
I'm Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer®, the founder of Casual Uncluttering, and I'm extremely glad I'm able to earn a living as a Professional Organizer.
I have a professional history in a variety of settings, from think tanks and small non-profits to Columbia University. I've worked with nuns, doctors, lawyers and 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 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've been heavily involved in three office moves. I was the third person hired into a brand-new department (and the only reason I wasn't the second - No. 2 had already been hired, and was getting fired for incompetence!). I've brought order back to several offices which had lacked staff for months. I have a BA from Bryn Mawr College, and an MBA from Baruch College of the City University of New York.
- 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 Member May 2018 -) 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 had Lauren help me organize my office - I'm a band director who has over 300 students a day and am in my 30th year of teaching, so there was a LOT of hard work to do. The techniques she taught me in the process of streamlining my office have been easy to maintain, created a space where I can function quite well, and carried over into other areas of my life. I can't say enough about how her involvement in teaching an old lady new tricks has fundamentally changed my life! I save at least an hour a day that is no longer spent looking for things, and I FEEL so much less cluttered in my mind, too. That is priceless. If you are stuck in a rut, can't figure out how to get started, or need a fresh perspective, call Lauren and let her work her magic. You'll wonder why you waited so long! Lesley Moffat, Henry M. Jackson High School, Mill Creek, WA
I enjoy structure and organization, and combining functionality and form, and I can put that to work for you. I can find the exact photocopier with the smallest footprint to fit the only space in the office with a grounded electrical outlet.
I can help you improve your productivity. I can get you billing clients more quickly. I can you stop from buying duplicate supplies. I can help you find storage.
I get huge satisfaction when I am able to guide 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" file-cabinet-and-folder thinkers. It's fun to help people explore out-of-the-box ideas and methods for resolving their problems. And it's wonderful to help people regain comfort and peace in their offices.
I want this process to be fun for you. I will use humor at every chance to make this work easier. I am also able to work in what some people see as a very informal environment - with the phone ringing while we work, the deliveries arriving at the gate, and the staff knocking on the door.
I will always listen to you. I enjoy hearing my clients' stories, getting introduced to their history. It's critical that I teach my clients the skills they need to eventually continue on their own, which involves a lot of give-and-take and experimentation. The process and work of getting organized, if well-done, makes people more self-aware.
Services, Terms and Fees
Free for one hour, and you will get some ideas to use immediately.
Personalized, one-on-one service, hourly
Tolls split between client and I on a case-by-case basis; parking paid by client.
The $75/hour does not include expenses for materials purchased for use in your space, for which I will receive separate reimbursement.
Contract will be signed at that time that an initial working appointment is set. A deposit of 1/2 the full charge of our initial working session required at signing of the contract.
Check or cash, and is due at the signing of a contract and/or end of each appointment.
Personalized, one-on-one service PACKAGE
12 hours: $855 (5% discount)
24 hours: $1,620 (10% discount)
Contract will be signed at that time that an initial working appointment is set. A deposit of the full charge for the package is required at signing of the contract.
Package rate does not include expenses for materials purchased for use in your space, for which I will receive separate reimbursement.
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 can often start as early as 8:00AM or begin as late as 6:00PM.
I help you declutter and arrange your work environment. I guide you through discovering the systems and the approaches that work for you in your surroundings and for your day-to-day operations.
In the process, you might discover anything from an uncashed and valid check, to the heavy-duty stapler you misplaced, to materials for a marketing campaign that you thought had promise.
I work on any and all areas of an office including:
- Staff Rec Rooms
- Supply Closets
- Mail Rooms
- Reception Areas
I work with physical items such as:
- Furniture Placement
I do not work on virtual properties such as computer files or time management systems. I do not provide cleaning services, assembly or disassembly of furniture, shelving, 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 work spaces, 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 business.
Remember, the first one-hour walk-through is free!