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Complicated Grief

By Lauren Williams | July 29, 2021

I learned the term “Complicated Grief” in listening to Brene Brown‘s Rising Strong. And she mentioned the Columbia University School of Social Work Center for Complicated Grief. I’m quoting from its home page for the public:   “CG is a form of grief that takes hold of a person’s mind and won’t let go It…

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Hard-to-dispose-of stuff – Washington Post article

By Lauren Williams | July 26, 2021

The Seattle Times “borrowed” this article from The Washington Post and now I’m borrowing it from both of them – fantastic updated look at how to dispose of some hard-to-get-rid-of everyday-awful things we accumulate, like batteries. How to safely discard batteries and other hard-to-dispose-of items The Seattle Times, At Home/Explore July 21, 2021 3:43PM by…

Recognizing and Treating Hoarding Disorder by Carol A. Mathews

By Lauren Williams | July 26, 2021

Recognizing and Treating Hoarding Disorder: How Much is Too Much? is a 2021 publication of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, in which Dr. Carol A. Mathews analyzes the latest clinical research concerning hoarding disorder and combines that evaluation with explanations of practical applications of the research to the provision of medical and other…

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The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Services Professionals – INVALUABLE

By Lauren Williams | July 22, 2021

The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Services Professionals, 2011, Oxford University Press, by Christiana Bratiotis, Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch and Gail Steketee is an invaluable guide to the project-management complexities of providing care to people with hoarding disorder. The authors have created a manual to promote cooperation among, and benefit for, any and all the…

Awwwwww, fer cryin’ out loud, not another imperfection post!

By Lauren Williams | July 21, 2021

Um hmm, another imperfection post. Because I can’t proclaim “Perfect!” with any satisfaction just yet.   I made this trifle for the sole purpose of holding my reusable shopping bags. The top to drop full bags onto is just whipped cream. Found the topless wire cart in a Redmond thrift store, went tearing off to…

The National Association of Black Professional Organizers

By Lauren Williams | July 20, 2021

I was delighted to discover The National Association of Black Professional Organizers exists. I think it’s always fantastic when colleagues with potentially similar experiences, who may share common needs, are able to connect to support each other. And equally wonderful, their association may also help potential clients find them: Organizers’ clients are often drawn to…

Why hire a Professional Organizer?

By Lauren Williams | July 18, 2021

I belong to numerous behind-the-scenes chat rooms for Organizers. Some are hosted by my professional societies, some are convened for common interests around issues like hoarding, others are hosted by people selling courses they claim are sufficient for getting trained for the profession.   I’m going to quote a thread I’m on at the moment.…

Frustration and a Little Free Food Pantry

By Lauren Williams | July 17, 2021

I’ve mentioned in another blog post that I donate to Little Free Pantries on behalf of clients, especially now in lieu of easy access to more formal food banks like HopeLink’s. I brought a donation to my favorite last night, 7PM give-or-take. 10-pound bag of rice. Several cans of corned beef hash. Some soups. Bunches…

Clear Voices

By Lauren Williams | July 16, 2021

As I’ve mentioned many times, I’m a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. I’ve been on a exploratory committee for ICD, seeking out agencies which might make synergistic partners for it. I’m hearing clear voices as I scroll through the prospects: researchers synthesizing peaceful, low-cost ways for police officers to build trust in immigrant…

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Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous, LLC (CASA)

By Lauren Williams | July 14, 2021

Terrence Shulman, founder of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding, and a fiercely dedicated counselor and advocate for people who suffer from various addictions, is deeply concerned with providing a wide, accessible range of services. He is himself a counselor, and he now provides training to other therapists interested in addressing this…

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