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Amy Childs

Happiness Consultant

wisdom from the onion



Returning to work after seven days off, Derek Olson, 31, confessed Monday that his plan to use his weeklong vacation to straighten out his life yielded mixed results….”

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house-sitting with a twist

If you want me to come house-sit while you’re away working in India, you might not be sorry! I might come and organize all your books and build you a shelf to put them on.

cabin cleanout

We went into the beautiful North Cascades to clean out the cabin and prepare it for a new tenant.

cascades cabin






When we got there, we found it had been broken into, the door left open, and a pack rat had settled in. But we were not to be deterred! We cleaned, fixed, vacuumed, scrubbed and sang along. Took a pickup truck’s worth of goodies to the thrift shop (three mountain towns over) and built a burn pile (to save for wetter weather). Set the trap for Packie and caught him on our first try.

Nothing better than combining two great loves: organizing and the mountains.

cabin cleanout











And drinking a beer on the porch at the end of a good day.


while she was doing better things

Sometimes people have better things to do than deal with their wardrobe that broke and then exploded all over the floor. So while they are out there making the world a better place, I sometimes get to sneak in and put things back where they belong. WIN-WIN!

before after hooray

honey I found the scissors!

All better!

hutch before after

wow that was fast!

before and after


One of my favorite things to hear a client say:


“That took way less time than I thought it would!”


(This took under two hours. Wheee!)




Amy Childs | “I love organizing, so you don’t have to!”

Whites Against Racism

Whites Against RacismAwareness/Study/Activism.” 

(Click here to RSVP for the first event on facebook, or send me an email to let me know you’re interested.)

This group is designed for white people to learn about whiteness, to confront oppression, and to work against systemic white supremacy.  

In order to understand racism, oppression, and justice, it is imperative that we hear Black voices and bear witness to Black experiences. We assume that participants in this group have availed themselves of the countless articles, blogs, books, etc. written by people of color, and that in this course we will all continue to do so.

The purpose of our meetings is for white people to do the personal, intellectual, emotional, and political work of confronting racism within and around us. Many leaders, writers, and people of color, when asked by white folks “what can I do to combat racism?” have answered “do your work in the white community.”

It is not the responsibility of Black and Brown people to educate, lead, explain, or give free therapy to whites. That is our critical work, and this group is designed to facilitate it.

This group IS:

  • A place to learn what racism, white supremacy and white privilege are
  • A place to speak honestly about our own privilege, racism, confusion, guilt, shame and fear – in order to move beyond them
  • A place to get support in taking action to undo the damage of racism and other forms of oppression
  • A place to be challenged to face ugly realities within and around us
  • A place to deepen our understanding of what it means to be accountable to people of color
  • A place to share resources, knowledge, action opportunities

This group is NOT:

  • A place to complain or whine
  • A place to preach or lecture
  • A place to make us “feel better” about racism and other forms of oppression
  • A place to congratulate ourselves on how progressive and liberal we are
  • A place to talk about our feelings without the intention of changing ourselves and the world
  • A place to blame or shame those who are trying to learn and grow

We meet every other week- once a month on a Wednesday, once a month on a Tuesday. We will post meeting topics three months in advance, and you are invited to attend as it works for you. Please feel free to share this meeting with others, including young people with an interest in this work.

Topics we’ll cover for in the upcoming months are posted below, and will be updated throughout the year:

Wednesday, Jan 18th –  Language: Definitions of racism, privilege, and many other terms that we’ll use frequently throughout this course
Tuesday, Jan 31st – The History of White Racism in America
Wednesday, Feb 8th – Where Capitalism and Racism Meet
Tuesday, Feb 21st – The Prison System and the War on Drugs
Wednesday, Mar 1st – Between The World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates
Tuesday, Mar 14th – Cultural Appropriation and Microagressions
Wednesday, Mar 29th – Reparations: What, Why and How

Facilitated by Amy Childs, Heather Gray and Katie O’Connor

dec 6, 2016

Well Guys, I’m 49 and everything seems to be whizzing by at the speed of light.  Soon I’ll be 50… and THEN what? (If you have any pointers or suggestions, I’m all ears.)

I’ve been doing more organizing lately which is fun, and I also still have enthusiastic expectations of getting the Unschooling Kids podcast together in 2017. I plan to live the entirety of next year in my beloved hometown of Philadelphia, where I’ll keep talking about unschooling and start talking about white privilege. I’m also going to do more writing in the coming year, although it’s entirely possible the pages will end up under my mattress along with the many pages of writing that have come before.

But most of all, amidst the rush and the many exciting options, I feel so lucky and grateful to be connected to you people around the world who care about the things that I do – personal liberation, world change, and having fun. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it….. So let’s all keep up the good work, shall we?

Amy Childs | Happiness Consultant

satisfaction and glee

Somehow this book made its way to my childhood shelf, and to this day even the sight of the cover fills me with satisfaction and glee. I am not making this up.

the big tidy up


Please help me feel that satisfaction and glee once again…

Send an email to schedule your organizing appointment today!





Amy Childs | “I love organizing, so you don’t have to!”

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