About Me in Your Office - Services & Fees
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'm also familiar with and comfortable in the leather community.
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.
I count my organizing clients in the 100s.
- National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals
(NAPO) Member since 3/22/2011
- NAPO Seattle Area chapter Member since 3/22/2011 (Board of Directors May 2013 - May 2016, Board of Directors May 2018 -)
- Institute for Challenging Disorganization Member since 7/1/2017
- Earned Institute for Challenging Disorganization Specialist Level II Certificate in Chronic Disorganization
- Earned all 10 available 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; (6) Chronic Disorganization; (7) Understanding the Needs of the Aging Client; (8) Students and Learning Theories; (9) Time Management and Productivity and (10) Life Transitions and the Client Affected by CD
- 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 since 6/2014.
- Member of the Greater Seattle Business Association since 2/2013.
- Certified by the Institute for Professional Organizers™
- Certified by ProfessionalOrganizers.com, Professional Organizers in Canada
- Bryn Mawr College A.B. English
- 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
It was a brief but successful journey, captained by Lauren Williams!
I had four hours in which to spend on tackling my office space in the classroom. I had moved classrooms at the beginning of the school year, and hit the ground running. I had my own materials to incorporate into what was left by the previous teacher. What ended up happening between September and April is there wasn't a good organizing system and my work space kept growing out of control.
Within the allotted time I had scheduled to work with Lauren, she facilitated my realization of my vision for my space. Some professional organizers have a set way and show you their way. While I went in to this experience needing direction, I got that direction, but customized to me. She cheered on my efforts, letting me know that I was making great progress. She also kept me on schedule, as well as encouraging a timely break or two.
Lauren even encouraged me to use my own terminology for the different organizing zones - give away, donate, share, let it go to a colleague, don't want any more.... And 'to file' was narrowed down to more specific terms, such as really considering what type of filing was ultimately needed - 'to file' was revised as we went. As I realized how I wanted my system that would make me more efficient would look, the categories were revised.
Lauren was responsive to my style, like only a pro can do. Her flexibility in adapting to what I needed was spot on! She also came fully prepared with resources to support the process, her own trash bin to haul away what we collected, clips and binders, cardboard boxes at the ready to move clutter to storage if needed and blue tape to set up organizing zones. This clearly wasn't her first rodeo.
I'm excited to get back to work after this spring break and put to use the new efficient systems that we created together! I am now clear about how I will use my newly defined spaces.
All this, in only a four hour journey! Thank you, Lauren :) Phoebe T., Burien, 4-9-2019
I've been meaning to contact you every day since we've been back from spring break.
I've kept the desk clear, except when it's being used for the intended use.
The filing is working ouy great! When I come back from meetings, I know exactly where every piece of paper or document should go! What a relief to feel so efficient! Phoebe T., Burien, 4-30-2019
I found my home office getting more and more cluttered as the years went on. Piles of paper, un-sorted business cards/leads and general clutter in the work environment. I hired Lauren and she helped me think differently about the space and flow. She was not a 'throw this out or keep this' kind of mindset, rather asking questions to help evaluate a plan that would best fit my needs. I'm happy to say after a couple three hour sessions my office is under control and it's liberating to see carpet again! We all seek professional help when it comes to health care, taxes and such...why not seek the same kind of professional help if you've been struggling to get your home office in shape? Now I need to work daily at keeping my new systems in place and keep my office clutter free. Jim L., Marysville, April 2015
"Stuff" management, time and stress management and space planning are all involved.
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.
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 offer gift cards BUT ONLY if the gift isn't given as a surprise.
Check, cash, PayPal or credit card and is due at the signing of a contract and/or 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 25 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! Answers to Common Questions
My interview on The SOS Show with James Lott Jr. is live! Follow this link to get access to three different podcast formats. I'm very proud of this free-roaming conversation about my training, my emotional connection to Professional Organizing, my clients and much much more.