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How to Clean Practically Anything

By Lauren Williams | June 9, 2021

How to Clean Practically Anything Alright, I’m cheating here.  I have the 1996 edition of How to Clean Practically Anything, by the Editors of Consumer Reports  – WHICH I still use, and which was already in its fourth edition waaay back then.  So the 2019 edition can only be even better. This guide gives advice…

Decoupaged travel trunk

Storage Made Easy – Candace Ord Manroe

By Lauren Williams | June 2, 2021

Storage Made Easy I wish there were a new, therefore easy-to-find edition of Candace Ord Manroe’s 1995 work – not January 1, 1820, which, WORD-OF-HONOR, is the publication date Amazon currently assigns the book. I was hoping Uncluttered: Storage Room-by-Room might be newer, but sadly, not really – 1997. Amazon lists Uncluttered as published December…

Sticker Askew

By Lauren Williams | May 28, 2021

If you look closely at the photo  in this post, you’ll notice that the pretty little sticker I picked up at Seattle ReCreative is off-center relative to the hole punched in it. That neat little puncture shudda been squarely in the intersection of all those cute little squiggles forming the K. No, I didn’t pick…

Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life – Mike Nelson

By Lauren Williams | May 26, 2021

Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life Mike Nelson has written a painfully honest autobiographical account of his life as an extreme clutterer. That honesty is something that other clutterers MUST read, because I think it can give them hope. Nelson convincingly documents that a very disorganized person can gain control of his/her situation with a…

colorful tangled ropes

VUCA is a four-letter word

By Lauren Williams | May 23, 2021

VUCA, an acronym for “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity,” means, in other words, “STUFF HAPPENS.” Drs. Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus, originators of a business research discipline known as  “Leadership Studies,” are generally credited with developing the concept. Joseph Mitchelli explicitly references their 1985 book Leaders – The Strategies for Taking Charge which outlines the…

Simplify your space – Marcia Ramsland

By Lauren Williams | May 19, 2021

Simplify your space create order & reduce stress Marcia Ramsland’s book annoys me. I unfortunately find it an “Of course you can” book. “Of course you can” books always work on a premise of “this is simple, there’s no reason on Earth why you can’t do this.” They also tend to be one-size-fits-all. So they…

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Two-week milestone for my COVID vaccination

By Lauren Williams | May 12, 2021

Today is my two-week “anniversary” for my COVID vaccination, 5/12/2021. So I’m hopefully safer to come into your spaces. Don’t misunderstand: I’m still masking, still using distancing and sanitary precautions, in your home and in my everyday life. But every shot counts to getting us all closer to normal. So I’ll be getting boosters too…

J. Gordon Lippincott – super genius

By Lauren Williams | May 12, 2021

J. Gordon Lippincott – evil visionary? Consummate consumerist, unapologetic con man of capitalism? Astoundingly Renaissance-Man-gifted artist, engineer and acutely-observant social scientist. I stumbled on Lippincott’s name while reading Garbology (pps. 66 – 68, 292), author Edward Humes. Humes assigns decisive credit to Lippincott for the invention of conspicuous consumption, defined by the online Encyclopedia Britanica…

Organizing Idea Book – John Loecke

By Lauren Williams | May 12, 2021

Organizing Idea Book John Loecke’s Organizing Idea Book is beautiful.  An interior decorator’s book. Because Loecke is an interior decorator who understands organizing principles and who employs them creatively, playfully and with great care. AND, best of all, he understands budgets, and is as comfortable with repurposing a big-box-store laundry hamper to hold sports equipment…

Casual Uncluttering joins the Amazon Associates program

By Lauren Williams | May 9, 2021

Full disclosure: Casual Uncluttering is now a member of the Amazon Associates program, which earns me small commissions on successful sales of the products which I recommend through Amazon. BUT I NEVER recommend a product unless I think extremely well of it, and/or colleagues I trust and respect recommend it to me. So have some…

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