Bernie Davies – Take Off Your Mask!

By Lauren Williams | January 5, 2022

Bernie Davies wants us to leave our unique marks on the world. And to do that we need to take off our masks, we need to show the world our…

The Hoarder in You – Robin Zasio book

By Lauren Williams | December 22, 2021

I’ve read a lot of books about organizing and hoarding disorder. I’ve attended a lot of classes. Dr. Robin Zasio‘s book, The Hoarder in You, is the best introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy…

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Spendaholism resources

By Lauren Williams | December 6, 2021

Spendaholism, compulsive buying, compulsive shopping disorder, overspending, overshopping, shopaholism. It’s as real as alcoholism and just as destructive. It can contribute to hoarding. And it’s winked at, even grossly encouraged,…

April Lane Benson books – overshopping

By Lauren Williams | December 4, 2021

To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop by April Lane Benson is a critical tool for anyone suffering from spendaholism (compulsive buying, compulsive shopping…

Cathy Salit – Playful Creative Summit

By Lauren Williams | December 1, 2021

Cathy Salit presented her ideas on The Power of Play to Create Social Change at the 2021 Playful Creative Summit. Sometimes I’m worried my Playful Creative Summit summaries are going…


By Lauren Williams | November 16, 2021

HURRAH, HOARDING SHOWS I LIKE!!!!! I am sooooooooooooooooooo soooooooooooooooo thrilled to be able to point people to hoarding reality TV which is gentle, thoughtful, empathetic, realistic and even carefully humorous.…

A word to the wise

By Lauren Williams | November 14, 2021

Do you go with the flow? Turn on a dime? Breeze through? I’ve written before about tiny nuances of language that fascinate me. Experiments of what to say to yourself…

I am not a diagnostician

By Lauren Williams | November 6, 2021

I’ve taken classes on hoarding cleaning-out techniques. I work with people in treatment for ADD. I work with people in treatment for OCD. I’ve worked with people suffering from dementia.…

Muyiwa Fasakin – another Playful Creative Summit participant

By Lauren Williams | November 4, 2021

Muyiwa Fasakin brings enthusiasm to another level. A member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ World Creativity and Innovation Day, he started his 2021 Playful Creative Summit interview…

Disenfranchised grief

By Lauren Williams | November 1, 2021

I wrote about complicated grief in two recent posts: Complicated Grief, and Complicated Grief – follow-up. I just learned about a subtle, stealthy variant: disenfranchised grief, grief which can be…

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