Cane over chair

It’s easy to to put your foot in your mouth and bite down hard. Not even deliberately. Just without knowing. And when we’re frightened, stressed by unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations, it’s twice as easy. I’ve posted about cursing, and self-talk, before, as defenses against damaging inwardly-directed verbal habits. I’m looking outward today. Sherwood Community Services,…

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I, Lauren Williams of Casual Uncluttering LLC, will have full virtual organizing (aka remote organizing) capability as of April 15, 2020. PLEASE, don’t be shy about asking for the opportunity to work with me via computer or telephone!

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My wonderful colleague Jean Prominski, Seattle Sparkle, has a Masters of Fine Art in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design, and used to be a professional glass blower for the world-famous Dale Chihuly. She’s also increasingly highly trained as a Professional Organizer, same driven data geek as me. And now she’s combined her passions…

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Capybaras

I don’t know what to say right now. The “We’re Here” and “Take Special Precautions” posts from companies as far-ranging as The Container Store and Lyft are just annoying. I can’t help most of my clients because they are cautiously self-quarantining. Most of my family is on the East Coast. My friends are limiting their…

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“If you’re an irredeemable jerk…” is just one pithy statement in Debbie Stanley‘s Ethical Pitfalls for Professional Organizers, 2019 First Digital Edition (location 1015, paragraph 3, and WOW, do I not get digital publishing citations!). I’ve been hunting this book FOREVER, no luck for a strongly-preferred print copy and I’d given up hope when a…

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“Oh Baby! Storing Your Child’s Precious Pieces.” SpareFoot 2/12/2019 Cathie Ericson   So this is another online post which got my two cents. Somehow just seems right for Valentine’s Day.   The onesie he wore home from the hospital. The gown she was christened in. The baby blanket that soothed away the tears. Parents yearn to…

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Dinner at the table was often the first sacrifice to the mental illness of hoarding. That was my first, visceral reaction. So many of my potential clients refer to TV hoarding shows that I spent a weekend in bed, not feeling great, watching the first full season of each of the most popular three, to…

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The local paper’s headline blares “Roofing company fined for putting workers at risk.” Misusing ladders, insufficient safety equipment. I’ve stepped through a client’s window – which, by the way, was on the floor. I wasn’t in the middle of martial arts demonstrations. A garden rake gave me a black eye in an Everett thrift store…

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Sunflower and Butterfly

13 x 7 = 91. That’s the other side of the coin of my 13 x 7 = 28 post. I didn’t fail. I made the best decisions I could in the time I had with the resources available to me. I conducted triage. I frequently remind my clients that triage is a critical skill.…

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