Casual Uncluttering LLC

Woodinville, WA

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How does your business stand out?

SpareFoot Moving Guides "10 Best Seattle Professional Organizers" Best of Thumbtack 2015, 2016, 2017 Golden Circle Member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals: Certified Professional Organizer(R) I want this process to be fun. I will use humor at every opportunity to make this work easier. I am also able to work in what some people see as very informal environments - with the kids side-by-side with us, the cat trying to get into the boxes, the plumber at your house at the same time. That can make the effort easier for you, and that is a key to success. This job has to be 100% client-centered. If you have to call it quits early because your 2-year-old just had a temper tantrum, we will. And we'll start again when you can.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I get huge satisfaction when I am able to help people on a deeply personal, highly collaborative level. I constantly need to be creative and think on my feet to develop solutions with my customers. There are very few people who are "traditional" file-cabinet-and-folder thinkers. It's fun to help people explore out-of-the-box ideas and methods for resolving their problems. And it's a wonderful reward to help people regain comfort and peace in their homes, or get new space for a new aspect of their lives, like turning a garage into an art studio.
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Location

Woodinville, WA 98072

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

54

Reviews

37 Reviews
  • Alexandra D. Jun 26, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Lauren is amazing!!! She is talented with spatial organization and awareness. She's always been early to our appointments, and they're very productive sessions. She doesn't make me feel bad for being disorganized. Lauren is very helpful and fairly priced. I recommend her without hesitation. She's helped me so much already.
    Lauren W. Jun 26, 2017

    Thank you! I don't know how better to answer this.

  • Liesl L. Jun 26, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Very helpful and great techniques shared
    Lauren W. Jun 26, 2017

    Thank you!

  • Melisa D. Jun 26, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    if you need help with getting organized, Lauren is fantastic! I highly recommend her (as s true professional) to assist you with any organizational needs! I will be using her again after this upcoming holiday weekend for the next room! If you want to create some peace in your life, she is TOTALLY worth it and completely reasonable! Just do it~! SOOOO happy I did! Melisa
    Lauren W. Jun 26, 2017

    OHMIGOSH, Melisa had this written within seconds of my humble request. Doesn't need me at all! Sometimes someone just needs another perspective to bring their ideas into focus.

  • Phillip B. Jun 20, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Lauren was insightful and super helpful. She helped me transform my walk in closet. I am happy with her services!
    Lauren W. Jun 21, 2017

    Thank you. I'm glad I was able to assist!

  • Penny C. Jun 6, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Why didn’t we do this years ago? I’ve never been a great housekeeper, but that’s not the issue as I can hire someone to clean and dust. The issue is I became disabled about four years ago and have great difficulty with mobility. We’ve been feeling our home is closing in around us…too much stuff, not enough room and an organizational nightmare. We decided to seek a professional organizer to help us give us back our home. We did a considerable amount of research and we ultimately contacted Lauren Williams of Casual Uncluttering. Lauren came out for a free consultation and by the end of that conversation, we were convinced she was the perfect fit. Lauren spent the majority of her time listening (what a novel concept) to assess our needs and priorities. She is pragmatic, logical and sensible. She is non-judgmental and detached from the emotions we feel, but at the same time caring and empathetic to our situation. Lauren paid for her fee multiple times over the first day, finding a $1,500 pearl necklace I thought had been stolen and lost forever. All I could do was sit and cry. If your home is closing in on you, do yourself a huge favor and call Lauren Williams at Casual Uncluttering first…you will be as pleased as we are. Thank you.
    Lauren W. Jun 6, 2017

    There's something about pearls - Penny's set is the second I've helped a client re-discover. It was very satisfying. I admit, if I had a penny for every time I've heard a client exclaim "I didn't know that was in there" I could retire tomorrow. It's always as we open a box, at my insistence, precisely because a client swears s/he knows exactly what's in it. I'm sneaky that way.

  • Tiffany S. May 30, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Lauren was kind and easy to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable and have me tons of resources to either fix or donate my items, and to create new ways of storage. She has a simple method that I can now use on my own, but I'm still hoping to have her back in the next month! She made me feel empowered about my home and my space when I has been feeling powerless and overwhelmed for a long time. Thanks lauren! I'm so grateful
    Lauren W. Jun 6, 2017

    I'm always very glad when my clients want to set off on their own. Helping my clients regain their confidence is one of the best parts of my job. My only regret if Tiffany doesn't call me back - she lives in a town with some of my favorite ice cream shops...

  • Sandi M. May 30, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    I have had a very positive experience with Lauren and Casual Uncluttering. She has made a project that appeared undoable to me a matter-of-fact one, providing tools for getting rid of my "treasures" with which I previously could not let go. Lauren has provided great guidance for moving forward to get my house back. She is fun and personable but works hard while at my house. My work schedule is difficult to work around, but she has been extremely accommodating. I highly recommend Lauren and Casual Uncluttering to anyone in need of this service.
    Lauren W. May 30, 2017

    I've had a marvelous time on this project, one which presented a grand range of items to sort. Sandi does the hard work, making decisions about much-loved and lovely possessions, paperwork, simply the usual accumulations of a life well-lived. I'm just assisting.

  • Diane A. May 29, 2017
    Cleaning Out
    Verified Review
    Lauren is very compassionate with lots of great advise and tips for decluttering and managing the clutter on a daily basis. Thank you Lauren!
    Lauren W. May 29, 2017

    Diane and I haven't worked together in quite a while, because she quickly learned the skills she needed to determinedly carry through on her own. That fact is very satisfying, but I do miss working with her - great sense of humor!

  • Pat K. Apr 3, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Casual Uncluttering LLC a pleasure to work with. Definitely having Lauren back!
    Lauren, is terrific to work with . . . comes totally organized and w/a basic plan even b/4 she actually sees what she's working with so there's no wasted time. We worked together but she was the one in constant motion and we/she packed a lot into the 3 hrs. she was here. I was forced to cancel the future appts. we had set up but we are by no means done and we'll get back at it when I am able.
    Lauren W. Apr 3, 2017

    I am EAGER to start up with Pat again. Charming, creative and very determined! The wonderful news about this kind of work is that all progress is good progress. We put together a phenomenal foundation.

  • Erika B. Mar 31, 2017
    Closet Organizing
    Verified Review
    Wonderful!
    Lauren was easy and fun to work with. I like that she was able to adapt to my extremely straightforward way of doing things. I will definitely use her expertise again.
    Lauren W. Apr 1, 2017

    I like "straightfoward." I'd honestly never quite thought of my approach in that way before. Thank you for a new perspective!

  • Jennifer R. Mar 5, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review Updated
    Lauren is great!
    Lauren helped me tackle a project that had been on the back burner for over 3 years. She had great suggestions for how I could handle my piles of stuff. I feel like I lost 100 pounds!!
  • Verified Review Original
    Lauren is great!
    Lauren gets right to it and has been a tremendous help. I saw improvement right away!
    Lauren W. Feb 22, 2017

    "I saw improvement right away." Music to my ears!!

  • Meghan E. Mar 4, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Lauren is nothing short of AMAZING! She is the most professional organizer I've ever hired, as well as the most understanding and patient. I (only half-jokingly) refer to her as my "therapist" when I talk about her to my friends and family. Ha! She asks questions you never knew you'd need to ask yourself while organizing it while clearing out old belongings... She truly takes the time and listens to every single problem or need you bring up to her and has at least one solution for all of them! You can really tell how much she loves her job and being able to help people live a better, more organized life... I'm so thankful to have found her and hired her and I fully recommend her to anyone who's in the process of reorganizing, moving, or any other project requiring an organizer!
    Lauren W. Mar 5, 2017

    Wow, I honestly don't know what to say this time except "Thank you." I'm speechless, very rare for me.

  • Cydian K. Feb 22, 2017
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Stress free
    She has a genuine interest in helping people. She offers free advice, doesn't push for a close, and has no problem being as involved or uninvolved as you may need.
    Lauren W. Feb 22, 2017

    It's my goal to eventually get fired. I see my job as teaching my clients independence, and/or coming in with a fresh set of eyes and some new resources for them to keep as tools. It's more fun for both of us that way!

  • Berenice M. Oct 24, 2016
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Getting my house in order/clutter free!!!
    I just want to thank Lauren for all the great tips and all the motivation she provided to our family. Very nice lady to work with and she definitely knows what she is doing. I strongly recommend her to anyone who is trying to get their house in control again. Thanks Lauren :) Berenice Murillo
    Lauren W. Oct 25, 2016

    I really enjoyed working with Ms. Busy Mom Murillo. It's always satisfying to partner with a family to get their systems fine-tuned. Berenice was doing the hard stuff - digging deep to figure out what everyone's strengths and preferences are.

  • Mary G. Sep 11, 2016
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Supportive and Encouraging
    Lauren is warm, open, empathetic, and direct. She has many suggestions for distribution, donation, destruction, and recycling, and volunteers to take charge of any of the above if one hasn't the time or the courage to let go. She initiates procedures and organizational practices that are very helpful.
    Lauren W. Sep 11, 2016

    I'm glad I was able to come into this family's home and help. Our progress has been very satisfying as we create a much more comfortable habitat. I'm not sure the cats would agree, but they seem to be adjusting.

  • Rob B. Jul 30, 2016
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Top notch. Very responsive (via email). Showed up on time, prepared, and is clearly an experienced professional in this field. Super easy to work with. We got done in 4 hours. Very pleased, and I would work with her again for sure.
    Lauren W. Jul 30, 2016

    FASTEST job I've ever assisted at. Just set a new bar! Mr. B was a pleasure - focused and cheerful. And very generous about some really unusual obstacles to success - my car was broken into this morning and some of my supplies were scattered, and every time I made a run to a dumpster, I got caught behind a train!

  • Melissa T. Jul 18, 2016
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Lauren was so incredibly helpful and worked well motivating my young kids to get excited about cleaning up the playroom! She was also incredible helping me get clear on what's important and what to let go. I am excited to have her come back and organize before our move. Highly recommend! Thanks Lauren!
    Lauren W. Jul 18, 2016

    OHMIGOSH, thank you so much. You've been so busy, to take the time to give me a review is very sweet!

  • Nilsa M. May 27, 2016
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    After explaining what I wanted done & the process over several phone calls with Lauren. She was early Huge PLUS. We did a walk through and she explained the policy. Then she started. I was in AWE. She accomplished more than I thought & to my expectation. She knew of my limitations, but watching her work I wanted to help. Heck I was sweating just watching her work. When she left, I was already excited about her next visit. She is down to earth & literally help with the item you know you do not use or want & get you to donate it. I can only say "She is a Dynamo!" & "The Energizer Bunny" Wrapped in one.
  • Tina C. May 6, 2016
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Lauren is whip smart, intuitive, compassionate and INSPIRING. She will help you learn to part with "stuff" that is cluttering up your life!
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    I'm pleased to say that Tina's very sweet dog approves of the work as well.

  • Teresa L. May 3, 2016
    Cleaning Out
    Verified Review
    Lauren W. May 3, 2016

    THANK YOU!

  • Tobin G. Mar 20, 2016
    Cleaning Out
    Verified Review
    Lauren was fantastic. I'm very glad I chose her do the work. I developed physical limitations in the past year which meant I wasn't able to keep up with the normal day to day;things got out of hand and the mess piled up. Lauren was kind, professional, courteous, punctual and not even remotely judgmental which was a big concern. No one likes inviting strangers into their embarrassing situations but Lauren immediately put my concerns to rest and handled things beautifully. I will definitely hire her again if such work comes up. I can't recommend her enough and am very pleased with the entire experience.
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Tobin honored me with his trust. He was a First: a client who requested that he be able to leave while I simply did what needed to be done.

  • Cass T. Feb 29, 2016
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    We received excellent service from LAUREN of casual uncluttering. She communicates well, is friendly, prompt and well informed on a variety of organizational challenges. Her style is flexible and supportive. She understood our issues and put together several options, sources and made great suggestions. We would definitely utilize her services in the future and will be recommending her to our friends. She did not disappoint!!
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Cass is too modest - she's been doing all the really really hard work this time, I simply guided her to the tools.

  • Penny G. Nov 19, 2015
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    First visit for evaluation was great. Lauren put me at ease and I am confident she will be able to help me.
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Penny was a lovely client, creative and wide-ranging in her interests. I always enjoyed our appointments.

  • Gauri S. Nov 5, 2015
    Lauen is awesome. She have me peace of mind
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Gauri was a great client. Truth is, I only suggested a few modifications to.her already pretty-well defined spaces.

  • Meryl A. Oct 7, 2015
    Lauren from Casual Uncluttering visited our women's group and gave a marvelous presentation on organizing our living and work spaces. She was friendly and engaging and we all felt we learned a lot from her. I highly recommend Lauren for organizing--she is easy to get along with and really knows her stuff.
  • Jane G. Oct 4, 2015
    Loved the empowering approach. A rational approach that left me able to take on more areas. Thanks Lauren!
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    It is exactly my goal to bring my clients to a point where they can contnue without me. Jane caught me by surprise: she acquired the skills even more quickly than I expected. It was great! Her highly energetic dog helped as well - we had to occasionally figure out where the sweetie "stored" my shoes.

  • Machelle A. Sep 30, 2015
    Lauren helped me get started on some uncluttering. She had a systematic approach that not only helped me get the work done efficiently, but she also helped cart away items to be donated!
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Machelle was another amazingly creative client with a vibrant range of interests. It was grand working with her, and honestly it's often easy for me to make a donations run as part of the job.

  • Debbie G. Sep 28, 2015
    Lauren is a caring professional who is very good at space analyzing, organization management and presenting a long term care plan for transforming my home. I have learned so much, Lauren has definately changed my thought process to positive downsizing!
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    I shouldn't wish that a client can't run out of work for us, but with Debbie, I do. We laughed together alot.

  • Cindy C. Sep 15, 2015
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    I couldn't have gotten started on my journey to decluttering and organizing my home. 30+ years of what I thought was treasures which in reality just stuff. She was so sensitive with how she approached the situation. I would recommend Lauren if you need assistance in your journey.
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    I enjoyed hearing Cindy's stories. A life of 30+ years of stuff is a treasure.

  • Lorraine R. Jul 28, 2015
    Home Organizing
    Verified Review
    Yesterday we had our first session together. Lauren is so easy to work with. I have been afraid to have someone come into my home and see what I have always thought of as chaos. Lauren immediately put me at ease. She sees the positive and not the negatives of my situation. We spent several hours starting to work through my things and made excellent suggestions for sensible organizing. I am working on what we started yesterday and looking forward to learning more organizing systems as we go through my home. Lauren is empathetic, energetic, logical and fun. I am so happy to be working with her. I will add more as we progress through our home. I intend to have the best organized home I have dreamed of by the time our work together is done
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Lorraine is a marvel in a busy home. Day-long sessions - NOT TYPICAL - and she'd still be going full-speed when I left. She is awesome.

  • Frances S. May 1, 2015
    Lauren Williams came to our home and spent five days working intensively with us for six hours a day to meet several goals we had set for ourselves. We were hoping to dramatically improve our organizational skills, shed some of the excess stuff in our home, and create systems that worked for both my husband and myself. We have spent the last decade as a couple seeing the big picture of how we want to live in our home without being able to figure out the small steps needed to achieve that dream of a home with a place for everything and everything in its place. Starting out, we discussed with Lauren what our priorities were, and felt so bogged down that it was actually difficult to even pinpoint where to start. She had excellent questions which helped us get to a starting point with the organizational project, and we ended up in the kitchen, which was a great place to start learning how to reorganize our home life. Moving from room to room after that first space, we really felt that we were learning so much from the experience about formulating a system for ourselves that was simple and straightforward - so easy that we couldn't help but continue to be organized. Lauren is a very compassionate person, she has wonderful interpersonal skills, and she has a wealth of knowledge and experience about organizing. Plus, she’s a great teacher, and helps you learn to be really honest with yourself and your relationship to stuff. Not only does she get right in the mix and help with sorting, moving things, and finding organizational solutions, but she also helps you find a individualized system while teaching you tools to help you become organized on your own, after she goes home. Lauren genuinely wants to see each and every one of her clients succeed in their struggles with the stuff of life. At the end of a week of intensive work with Lauren, I feel far freer in my home, I have a better understanding of the minor bits and pieces of organizing that need to be brought to completion, and I feel better prepared to organize on my own. Furthermore, we now have a well-organized space where every object we have kept now has a place. I highly recommend Lauren’s organizational expertise for any project, whether large or small. She will teach you concepts of organization, help you determine an individualized system that works for you, she will also help you to be brutally honest with yourself about your things, and she will do all that with a spirit of kindness, honesty, respect, and compassion.
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    I'm betting that this loving and lovely couple make their house even more of a home with every passing second of their lives together.

  • Susi P. Apr 26, 2015
    Closet Organizing
    Verified Review
    I gave my daughter several hours with Lauren as a gift recently after hearing that she needed some help organizing her house. She told me how much she enjoyed their time together, that she learned a lot and would like her to come again. Thanks, Lauren!
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Susi and her daughter were both great - positve, open to suggestions and artistic.

  • David F. Mar 22, 2015
    Cleaning Out
    Verified Review
    Lauren arrived on time and ready to work. She was respectful of my opinion of the worth of things we were considering for disposal and organization. She was very personable, efficient and helpful! We got a lot done in 4 hours. I'd recommend her to friends and will hire her again if needed!
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Dave was another First: he suggested we play music while we worked before I did. We traded, my.jazz for his Bowie..And I miss Big Black - Dave knows what I mean.

  • Christine C. Jul 29, 2014
    Lauren did a wonderful job when she came to my home to organize my bedroom closet. She came prepared with all the necessary materials, and planned it out very well. I am grateful to have so much of my closet space freed up and everything is much easier to find now. I would not hesitate to have her come back again!
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Christine faced the challenges of an apartment with too-little closet space with grace and humor. We.solved.problems.

  • Gina D. Jul 28, 2014
    Lauren was very thoughtful, caring and supportive during her time in my house! She was insightful as to the actual problems i was having and her advice and suggestions were immediately helpful to alleviate the situations I was facing. I will use the problem-solving techniques she shared in the future and have a better grasp on my issues with clutter. I would definitely refer Lauren's services.
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Gina is actually one of the most organized.people I know. She could give me lessons. She has space and resource challenges and just needed a fresh set of eyes on the problems.

  • Bill E. Jul 27, 2014
    I have worked with Lauren the past several months and have had about five 3-4 hour sessions with her. We have cleaned out closets, organized tool shed, cleaned my fridge, gone through clothes closets and gotten rid of lots of unused stuff that others can use. Plus, she is just fun to work with; we have many laughs. She is always on time; moreover, she has taken electronic and other items to recycling places on her own time! Bill E
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    I don't think Bill has an attic or basement. I'd have gotten a laugh out of working his entire house.

  • Densie A. Feb 10, 2013
    Lauren supported me in a garage organizing project. She was energetic, fun, and thoughtful in response to questions and insightful in her strategies. I will call on her to support me happily again!
    Lauren W. Jun 16, 2016

    Densie is one of my role models. I've had the great fortune to work with her on a couple of projects, and she helps me get better at what I do with every chance.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I obtained the designation of Board Certified Professional Organizer(R) on July 1, 2017. I've now joined a second professional society, The Institute for Challenging Disorganization, to start earning its credentials.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was looking at a number of professions, or at simply reentering the workforce in one of my old specialties, after deciding to return to work when my son started full-time school. I started investigating the profession of Organizer and attended a meeting of the Seattle chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). The theme was "What's your favorite organizing tool?" When I realized how happy I was, sitting in a room of people who were discussing the merits of various file folder systems, I knew I was making a good choice!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I help you declutter and arrange your belongings. In the process, we might discover anything from a string of pearls to old college textbooks. I help you find your timeless treasures, and give you ideas on how to honor your property by keeping it carefully and conveniently. I support you as you let go of items you may no longer need, and together we create storage systems so the possessions you value no longer get lost or damaged. Those systems can be for paper, mementos, clothes, pots and pans or any other materials in your household, in any space in your home from your garage to your attic.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Please go to the website of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) for ideas on how to find an Organizer who is the right fit for you and your needs. The website also provides a directory of professionals throughout the country which you can browse. Don't be shy about interviewing more than one organizer until you are certain you are comfortable with the person you've chosen. Many will provide a free consultation as a part of the "getting to know you" process. And NEVER be embarrassed that you want an organizer's help: there are as many reasons for needing such help sometimes as there are people asking for the help. The shame would be needing the help and not getting it, and then being stuck and unhappy.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish everyone considering getting help from an Organizer understood that it is nothing to be ashamed about or embarrassed by. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. When someone needs help organizing, most often s/he simply needs help discovering what systems will work for her/him.