casual uncluttering llc: Ring Around the Binder - 12/11/19 09:22 PM

Once upon a simpler time, in days of yore so long long ago, I could count the number of passwords I had on one hand. And none of them was for Casual Uncluttering LLC. And most of them were probably my social security number. Because who knew? And ‘sides which, there were no computer hackers. Almost no computers really.
 
And I kept all my passwords on index cards in a little file box. And then one day the file box got too full, and the cards kept falling out, and the box was just a little too pointy and … (0 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Casual Uncluttering YouTube channel - 12/07/19 02:58 PM

After much tribulation, and therefore cursing, the Casual Uncluttering LLC YouTube channel is actually something that might be useful. People often have strong preferences as to how they take in information: YouTube channels certainly favor visual and auditory learning. I've culled through as many channels as I could imagine and discover for what seems the best in the following topics: Aging, Awesome Ideas, For Kids, Hoarding, LGBTQ, Neurodiversity, Professional Organizer Tips, Organizing Tools, Professional Organizers + Clients, and Professional Organizers for Professional Organizers.
 
There are clips which I liked so much I've saved them individually. I've got subscriptions to channels which I think … (4 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Last-minute Casual Uncluttering openings - 11/28/19 11:38 AM
I have some last-minute openings for Casual Uncluttering LLC for the first week of December 2019. I offer gift certificates as long as the recipient isn't getting a surprise...
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casual uncluttering llc: Stacy London - my newest mindfulness hero - 11/26/19 02:01 PM
Yes, Stacy London of What Not to Wear. For those very very very few of you who may not know - and you are forgiven if you don't - What Not to Wear was a NYC-based TV show which ran from 2003 - 2013 in which Ms. London and her co-host Clinton Kelly led chic-challenged guests through style makeovers. I watched that show for tips, for relieving homesickness and just to laugh - London and Kelly have mercury-quick wits and any pop culture reference was fair game.
 
Once upon a time, I owned suits. High quality suits to suit my work environment … (3 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Sometimes a Pep Talk is "You're being ridiculous!" - 11/22/19 06:44 PM

Sometimes you have to talk something through. Sometimes you need a pep talk. Sometimes you have to have a temper tantrum, talk something through and have someone shake you while he’s proclaiming “You’re being ridiculous!” Mahlon Otero of Shivelight Company, a full-service IT support firm for businesses, shook me good. Quite reasonably pointed out that my tantrum about Casual Uncluttering LLC corporate details which-will-be-mysterious-forevermore was just that, a ludicrous sulking fit and I was wasting my time. He refused to create busywork for himself.
 
Mahlon offered me connectedness: a willingness to look out for me, a willingness to listen to my request … (1 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Never slowing down - Institute for Challenging Disorganization - 4-for-4 - 11/19/19 06:23 PM

I'm never slowing down with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization for Casual Uncluttering LLC. I sat for three Level II Specialist Certificate exams on Wednesday 11/13/2019. Passed with honors.
 
So now I've got all four that are available: ADHD, Aging, Chronic Disorganization, Hoarding.
 
Have to start the serious consideration of CPO-CD....
 

 
 
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casual uncluttering llc: Planner Pad organizing/calendar system - new paid affiliation - 11/08/19 11:55 AM
 
Some calendar systems leave me absolutely bewildered, confounded, flabbergasted, mystified and perplexed. Which is how I know they are probably PERFECT for some of my clients. The Planner Pad "offers a unique system that helps you organize, prioritize and schedule what matters most to you" in a format that's as comfortable as my favorite pen. Which is how I know it'll be perfect for some of my other clients.
 
The Planner Pad is an intensely detailed tool that makes time "real" by allowing you to write down and therefore visualize your commitments in time's modern format, hours, 7-day week, 12-month-year. It provides generous … (3 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Just another day at a garage - 10/22/19 09:13 PM

Day 1 of a major decluttering and organizing for Christian Pincock and Mark Chavez. Even though they did a decluttering a month ago look at all the trash and donation items they identified just from the garage in two hours.
"We’re taking this room by room and targeting to finish the entire house by Christmas 2019." — in Renton, Washington. 
      And the awful truth - it often gets worse before it gets better... Well, this time, kinda. The photo with that mess everywhere was the middle of the day. Four boxes out to my car. 
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casual uncluttering llc: Well, I wasn't planning on starting a YouTube channel - 09/21/19 09:34 AM
Well, I wasn't planning on creating a Casual Uncluttering YouTube channel last night..  But then that nasty "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" drama roared in. So today, Saturday 9/21/2019, I give you my YouTube channel - the rare glimpse at a Casual Uncluttering project, maybe the occasional vlog, and curated clips about organizing and the profession from all sorts of amusing sources.
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casual uncluttering llc: Digging Out - Forgiving as a Start - 09/15/19 02:36 PM
Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding & Compulsive Acquiring by Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. and Tamara L. Hartl, Ph.D. offers a methodical, scrupulous, comprehensive and clinically-developed program for a support team to attempt to help a person with hoarding disorder clear his or her environment to an extent which will make that environment safe. The authors' guiding principle is that it may not be possible to ever convince a person with hoarding disorder to let go of even an insubstantial number of possessions or to stop acquiring unnecessary items. But it is often possible to persuade a person … (1 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Treatment for Hoarding Disorder - Gail Steketee & Randy O Frost - 09/15/19 02:19 PM
The Treatment for Hoarding Disorder Workbook by Gail Steketee and Randy O. Frost, one publication in the Treatments That Work catalog of Oxford University Press, is, ideally, a tool used collaboratively by a person with hoarding disorder and his/her clinician to allow the afflicted client and the clinician to tailor treatment as concretely as possible to the particular emotional, mental, behavioral and social characteristics of the client which are contributing to his challenges (and I am drawing from Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee, page 65 for … (3 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Buried in Treasures - David Tolin Randy Frost Gail Steketee - 09/15/19 02:09 PM
Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee is playful. It refers to "good guys," positive habits for controlling hoarding impulses, and "bad guys," negative habits exacerbating hoarding. There are jokes scattered among the pages. It's well-written - there are passages that are just plain pleasant to read, they flow well. There's very little jargon. There are excellent motivational techniques discussed throughout. But the authors don't avoid requiring difficult work from their readers: many of the exercises in this book will be distressing.
 
Designed for both people who suspect or … (0 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Start thinking about the holidays - 09/12/19 09:54 AM
I just contributed to another online article, this time about hosting parties without wearing yourself to a frazzle. Wonder when my next soiree will be? 10 Organizational Tips for Entertaining, Erin Thorburn, Tribune News Service, Sep 4, 2019
 
"Whether you’re a seasoned hostess or are having your first in-home party, clutter can be the cause of great angst. It can creep up when least expected and make stress levels soar to unprecedented heights. And, it’s not simply physical clutter in the kitchen, dining area and other rooms of the house. Mind clutter has a way of working against even the most practiced party … (3 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Unintended Consequences for Casual Uncluttering LLC - 08/26/19 10:18 AM
Many hours of unexpected studying later - amazing what happens to your schedule when you have unanticipated pet-sitting thrust on you - a marvelous result appears - an even more comprehensive Neurodiversity Resources page on the Casual Uncluttering LLC website. I hope you find value. Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer(R)
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casual uncluttering llc: Neurodiversity - 08/04/19 02:44 PM
It's HERE. I'm elated to introduce a newly-reminted Resources page on my Casual Uncluttering website. What had been devoted to ADD/ADHD is now a brief introduction to materials concerning three prominent expressions of brain-based neurodiversity: ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, and Executive Functioning Disorder. It's my hope that these will provide people with a starting point for research into their own or other people's abilities. But don't limit yourselves to the learning differences I highlight: other issues may be factors as well, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders or Anxiety Disorders.
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casual uncluttering llc: Moving Day - 07/17/19 08:41 AM
Is “11 Things to Do After You Move”, Zing by Quicken Loans, January 18, 2109, Cathie Ericson, which I've contributed to, going to make moving day fun? Heck no. But it might make it bearable. And you can also hire a Professional Organizer, box knife in hand, who can get things unpacked and give you a head start on putting things away.
 
Most new homeowners breathe a huge sigh of relief when they cross the threshold to their new house. The house hunting. The paperwork. The packing. The moving. All those home-buying tasks finally done. But before you start debating which cupboard should house … (3 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Fruits of my Honest Biscuits labors - 07/16/19 09:15 PM
 Still life with lemons
 
 
Honest Biscuits strawberry lemonade and butterhole minis
 
Dinner, and breakfast, and lunch, and dinner, and breakfast... Casual Uncluttering LLC works for Honest Biscuits. Getting the back room a little more streamlined. I'm liking coming home smelling like vanilla!
 
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casual uncluttering llc: Standing on the Shoulders of Sidetracked Home Executives - 07/11/19 06:41 PM
When Casual Uncluttering LLC was so new I was terrified of making mistakes rather than confident that I would make them, I read organizing books as quickly as I could discover them. Marla Cilley, FlyLady.net, author of Sink Reflections (my review is here) was one of the first Organizers I studied - I wrote that 10/27/2012 review almost exactly on my company's first-year anniversary. Ms. Cilley pointed me to Sidetracked Home Executives, to whom she is deeply indebted, but despite the droll name, I never really tried to track them down. When the newer edition of Pam Young's and Peggy Jones' … (2 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Diary of an Organizer - Mary Jane Maffini fini - 07/07/19 12:05 PM
I've read the last of Mary Jane Maffini's Charlotte Adams series: Death Loves a Messy Desk, Closet Confidential, and The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder. If you enjoy tongue-in-cheek, you will enjoy these. Charlotte Adams is an enduring, endearing nitwit who ought to consider it a wonder she and her friends are still alive after all her blunders - no, that's not a spoiler!
 
And here's the riveting, wholly unpredictable plot twist - I'm going to start recommending these to people who want a gentle glimpse at the organizing process - Maffini's portrayal is just about as faithful as the "how-to" tomes … (4 comments)

casual uncluttering llc: Music in my pocket - 07/05/19 11:04 AM
I keep music in my pocket. I don't own an alarm clock. I set a musical alarm on my phone. I wake up to the alarm and instantly turn my phone to a music and humor morning talk radio station. The minute I'm dressed, I tuck the phone in my back pocket. Music in my pocket until I get in the car, and music in the car until I get to wherever I'm going. If I get tired of the radio, I switch to CDs. For me, the music and humor show does a great deal to set me up for … (5 comments)

 
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