Rita Emmett

The Clutter-Busting
Handbook

The Clutter-Busting Handbook:
Clean It Up, Clear It Out, and Keep Your
Life Clutter-Free
(Walker & Co. 2005)

$10.95 (US) Order now

“Recovered Pack Rat” Rita Emmett writes that we do not have clutter because we are messy, lazy or disorganized. Clutter comes from just 4 (yes, only 4) habits. Rita gives you a simple compassionate, energizing plan for breaking those habits, for taming clutter and simple tips to help you:

  • stop saving all those goofy things that you never need or use
  • stop bringing goofy things into your life that you never need or use
  • find places to put your stuff
  • stop setting things down and not putting them where they belong
  • cultivate new habits to keep clutter from returning
  • part with some of your beloved junk … er … stuff, without breaking your heart or making you cry like a baby poodle

Once you've eliminated un-needed and un-used stuff, and set boundaries on what you allow to come into your home or work space, you will be delighted by how much easier it is to find places for your stuff. AND how much easier it is to find what you want when you want it.

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Rita Emmett's writing possesses the same clarity and spirit as her message. Her book has transformed by life and I continue to live her clutter-busting lessons — as a result, my environment is becoming light and beautiful.
Story Musgrave, former NASA astronaut

Thanks to your book, the more I de-clutter, the more peaceful my house is. And as my house becomes more peaceful, I'm becoming more peaceful within myself.
Jill Hawkes
Leyden Senior Citizens Program

As a Professional Organizer, I read a lot of books on organizing as part of my continuing education. There are many organizing books out there on the market these days, and I have to tell you some of them are down right boring! But, not The Clutter-Busting Handbook. Your book is fun to read, because you cover all the basics of organizing in a very light-hearted and up-beat manner. GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!! Thank you.
Dana Rahlmann

Everyone has a corner in his or her home or office that has become a catchall for a wealth of "stuff." In this entertaining read, Emmett (The Procrastinator's Handbook) aides clutter collectors in identifying "When Enough Becomes Too Much" and doles out advice on how to achieve and maintain an inviting and airy living space. A "Recovered Pack Rat," Emmett argues that living or working in a cluttered environment can take a toll on one's physical and emotional well being: "When you are surrounded by confusion, you feel confused; when you are surrounded by junk, you feel junky." This slim but thorough book helps readers tackle problem areas like closets and garages, and also includes tips on emptying e-mail accounts and clearing out ordinary paper clutter. Emmett lists 50 ways to get rid of and limit unwanted items, naming various charities and online auctions and making suggestions such as share magazine subscriptions with friends. Throughout, she includes helpful "clutter quizzes" that identify bad habits and gives readers practical tips on how to remain focused. With its sound advice and upbeat, encouraging tone, this book will motivate readers to get a jump on their spring cleaning.
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Publishers Weekly

I've almost competed the Clutter-Busting Handbook and love it (I knew I would!). Your writing style is so kind and funny.
Kathleen Beiser


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