Clutterers Anonymous Literature

By Lauren Williams | June 9, 2023

I won a raffle! I never win raffles. I attended the October 2022 Mental Health Association of San Francisco Redefining Crazy Conference. It is always amazing, I always learn something new. And I won a raffle for filling out the “How’d Ya like It?” survey. I won the CLA (Clutterers Anonymous) Literature Collection.   And…

Only took several years…

By Lauren Williams | May 29, 2023

Only took several years, a holiday and the embarrassment of a house guest. Argh.

Leah Farish, Conversation Balloons, podcast

By Lauren Williams | May 27, 2023

Leah Farish, author, civil rights litigator, and host of the Conversation Balloons podcast, invited me to a free-ranging discussion of hoarding disorder and the people who suffer from this horrible mental illness on her May 17, 2023 broadcast on Spotify. Take a listen!  

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The Endowment Effect and Organizing

By Lauren Williams | May 6, 2023

Sometimes our brains are scary. The Endowment Effect is a good example. I’m quoting from the mini-encyclopedia of “This bias occurs when we overvalue something that we own, regardless of its objective market value (Kahneman et al., 1991). It is evident when people become relatively reluctant to part with a good they own for…

The Ultimate Room-By-Room Decluttering Checklist | Redfin

By Lauren Williams | April 29, 2023

Check out the recent Redfin article Casual Uncluttering was featured in: The Ultimate Room-by-Room Decluttering Checklist | Redfin Creating a decluttering checklist is an excellent way to begin organizing your home and simplifying your life. Along with helping you take stock of your belongings, lists can help you stay on track and prioritize the areas…

Humble Design Seattle Do-Over

By Lauren Williams | April 26, 2023

Humble Design Seattle just lost its home. Humble Design “change(s) lives and communities by custom designing and fully furnishing home interiors for individuals, families and veterans emerging from homelessness. We assist the transformation of lives in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, San Diego, and Seattle.” – quote from the national home page.   I was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited:…

I felt SOOOOO old

By Lauren Williams | April 23, 2023

I felt SOOOOO old and it was so much fun, and wonderful. I spent a couple of hours Sunday 4/23 morning at the recently relocated, reinvented, renewed and larger (Seattle’s LGBTQ Center) Gay City, helping paint some murals on the office walls. Never did anything like that before. I got the third from the middle…

Trickster Mindset: Designing a Playful Life and Business – Alyea Sandovar – Playful Creative Summit 2020

By Lauren Williams | April 19, 2023

“Trickster Mindset: Designing a Playful Life and Business” – Alyea Sandovar – Playful Creative Summit 2020. Sandovar interviews David Chislett during the Summits; Chislett interviews Sandovar. Sandovar believes, fervently, that intuition sustains creativity. But intuition isn’t entirely spontaneous and creativity can be mindfully cultivated. She has a morning ritual to tap into both: she exercises,…

I Went Out to the Ballgame

By Lauren Williams | April 13, 2023

I’m a proud sponsor of the Puget Sound Pronouns, an Emerald City Softball Association C Division team, “founded with a mission of creating more inclusive spaces for trans and non-binary athletes. (quoted from the team’s website home page.).” I know you’re gonna ask “WHY?????” Easy – Brittney Miller, the team’s founder – so doesn’t that…

Dave Pelham – The Step-by-Step Route to Creative Photography – Playful Creative Summit 2020

By Lauren Williams | April 12, 2023

I own a camera. An intimidating camera. Lots of buttons. None of the buttons are permanently dedicated to one function. It’s a camera designed for an octopus who might want to grip the machine in different ways at different times and then the creature’d need redundant or reprogrammed buttons all over the place. I’m quite…

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