About Me in Your Office
I'm Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer®, the founder of Casual Uncluttering, and I am 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 help you bill clients more quickly. I can help you stop buying duplicate supplies. I can help you find storage.
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" file-cabinet-and-folder thinkers. It's fun to help people explore out-of-the-boix ideas ad 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 arrinving 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 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 office or home office, 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 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!