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The Secret Lives of Hoarders book cover

The Secret Lives of Hoarders by Matt Paxton

By Lauren Williams | March 3, 2017

Matt Paxton found his life’s calling by chance. But he brings endless passion, compassion, energy, a sharp ability to read people and even enthusiasm to that work – conducting the…

DK Essential Managers Project Management book cover

Project Management, for Beginners (and it’s for life)

By Lauren Williams | March 3, 2017

DK Essential Managers Project Management by Peter Hobbs This book is tiny, only 4” x 6” and 72 pages. Its title says it all. It’s a primer. It doesn’t go…

Organize Your Garage In No Time book cover

Organizing Your Garage In No Time by Barry Izsak

By Lauren Williams | February 28, 2017

OK, this book is about garages. It’s about decluttering the garage. It’s about safety in the garage. It talks tools. But it’s really about The Dream Garage. Planning it, constructing…

stylish bathroom

Old Bathroom Sink Pipe & a Leak & a Mess oh my

By Lauren Williams | February 22, 2017

The lovely photo of a pristine bathroom above is NOT representative of the wet mess I, no eyeglasses yet, no coffee, squelched onto first thing 5:30 this cold Pacific Northwest…

We need the closet, Harry. Move out.

By Lauren Williams | February 20, 2017

Do you have a Harry Potter closet? As I sit in my apartment, pondering how to find another few inches of space next to my water heater for the shipment…

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How to Furnish Your Home on a Dime

By Lauren Williams | February 18, 2017

My kind of message. I helped teach the teachers, by contributing to this article for members of the National Education Association. https://www.neamb.com/shopping-discounts/how-to-furnish-your-home-on-a-dime.htm Experts dish on how to revamp your existing…

Kitten Handing Big Dog a Rose

A Valentine for my clients: a few of my favorite things

By Lauren Williams | February 14, 2017

Working with six cats underfoot. A new “client” dog begins the day terrified of me, and that same sweet girl asks to sit in my lap by the end of…

Children and Old Man

Consider dignity when choosing assisted living for seniors

By Lauren Williams | February 12, 2017

I am in a profession which often helps seniors downsize: colleagues of mine specialize in it. My friend Trish Throop of Eldercare Consulting cautions that active-retirement and assisted living facilities…

Donna Smallin Organizing Plain & Simple

Organizing Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin

By Lauren Williams | February 11, 2017

I wrote this review of “Organizing Plain & Simple” in April, 2015. Ms. Smallin is one of the most respected members of my profession, with very very good reason. And…

cats in boxes

Cats – OK Clients, You Know Who You Are

By Lauren Williams | February 7, 2017

Cats.   I just found this on the members-only Facebook page for my professional society. Had to share.

Welcome to my blog. You're going to find everything here: the book reviews I share on Amazon, the silliness I post to Facebook, whatever might pop into my head that comes out on paper, an education on organizing techniques, pointers to anything from a quiet spot to read a book in Edmonds, WA to worthwhile charitable recipients.

I'm giving myself permission to refuse to write every day - too much pressure!!! I'd never enjoy writing again, and I'd bet my audience would start making comparisons between me and a mosquito. I'm told I have a good sense of humor - I know I enjoy finding ways to laugh and to get other people to laugh. Don't take any of it too seriously, except of course the serious stuff. And, after all, everything is about our stuff.  

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