I almost didn’t go. I’d finished with my first client at 12:30. My second appointment started at 3. Only 1/2 hour between locations. I had no problem making the decision to get a root beer float from Snoqualmie Ice Cream Scoop Shop. Only reason it took me as long as it did was that nasty…

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I’ve now started following Feng Shui a little. Got this tip from a practitioner: “If someone is ill, take a piece of their clothing that is worn often, and expose it to sunlight between 11am and 1pm (midday). My suggestion is that you leave it, or them, in the sunlight the entire time. Socks, jacket,…

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Vintage Grabber Thrift Shop Find

South King Tool Library (SKTL) lives to empower Do-It-Yourselfers. Quoting from its website, “A tool library operates much like a traditional library, allowing borrowers to check out tools and equipment to care for their homes, yards, gardens and more. People interested in borrowing tools create member accounts that allow them access to their tool library’s…

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I’ve read Karen Kingston’s Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Ms. Kingston was once a Professional Organizer, and early to bring this Eastern art to Western attention. NAPO Seattle Area, my chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, hosted Deni Luna to introduce us to its concepts. NAPO has a designated subspecialty…

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I’m routinely in the neighborhood of the Woodinville Seattle Goodwill donation center: today, Sunday 5/24/2020, months into the COVID19 crisis, people are willing to wait an hour to make donations. And I pass a hospital surrounded by art-poster quality and Sharpie-scribbled “Thank You Medical Personnel, First Responders” signs. I started writing “Compassion can’t be conquered.”…

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Fear is big, or small. Confronting it on any scale is empowering. I incorporated Casual Uncluttering LLC 10/11/2011. I filed a trademark application for Casual Uncluttering on 10/21/2011, no lawyer, no nuttin except my research and a very patient and kind trademark attorney at the US Patent and Trademark Office. I achieved ownership on July…

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I’m prouder than a peacock that Casual Uncluttering LLC’s first-ever virtual Organizer on the Road Show was a success. GenPride, a community center dedicated to serving LGBTQ Puget Sound Region residents, graciously hosted me. I was fortunate – we had a small number of guests, so I didn’t feel nearly the same stage fright as…

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jar of money

I abandoned my cherished Safeway Monopoly weeks ago. Asking clerks to endure another exposure to a stranger to hand me tiny blue gambling slips felt petty and selfish. They deserved to reserve their patience and strength for people with genuine check-out problems. Giving up Monopoly – anguishing, and necessary. There’s nothing wrong in seeking out…

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The Holderness Family – Comedy – ADD/ADHD – Brilliant. This loving, extroverted, outrageously creative family is giving a gift to the world, finding astonishingly inventive ways to cope during life in shelter-in-place. Penn Holderness, the Mr. of the household, is very open about his ADD-ableness and a splendid example of a person who uses it…

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Take a look at your closets – are you using them effectively? Do you truly need some more? The timing of this piece is fortunate, when people may have some more time to organize: “11 Best Closets When You Need More Space” by Terri Williams for Heavy.com. I was delighted to see how many of…

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