Rita Emmett's July Tip Sheet
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
There must be more to life than having everything. -- Maurice Sendak
Message from Rita
As Bruce, our kids, a few of Mike's friends and I are digging through his stacks of stuff, we are all questioning what we ourselves are hanging on to and what a mess it would be for someone to have to clear out our homes should we suddenly leave this planet.
One of his friends said, "Will I be leaving a legacy of clutter??"
Even though my house is clutter-free, I have stuff... way too much stuff ... that doesn't show. For example, my files. As a speaker and an author, I have been collecting notes and articles forever. After I'm gone, they would play a big Crazy-Making part in sending someone over the edge.
And I think most of what I'm hanging on to started when I was into "Scarcity Thinking" (If I ever need this info, it's scarce and will be hard to find, so I better keep this article). Whereas now I'm striving for "Abundance Thinking". (If I ever need this info, it will be abundant and easy to find.)
So I started clutter-busting my files.
I keep a tray for "used" papers on my desk. When only one side has print on it, I use the other side for not-so-important copies such as a list, a note to myself, or when I run off a print of an electronic write-up such as my draft of this Tip Sheet. Why use a fresh sheet of paper when I don't need to? Maybe I'm not saving a whole tree, but I might be saving a twig and if enough of us do that, we could save a forest.
So as I go through my files, I put the majority of the papers either in my tray to be re-used, or in the recycle bin. So far, I've emptied a whole drawer and at the rate I'm going, I might be able to eliminate a whole file cabinet from my office – it will make the place look larger, more open. less jammed. Meantime, I now have empty file-drawer space to store all the paperwork I have to handle for both Mike and his mom.
What are you hanging on to that you know you'll never need? Not just in your basement, garage or attic. How about your medicine cabinet, your closet, your bookcase or your desk drawers?
Why not get rid of some of it now so your space (AND your life) can feel less jammed? And – God forbid that you should die suddenly – but if you did, do you really want people rummaging through all that? Would they know what is important and what isn't?
Right now, select one area of accumulated stuff that you want to sort and get rid of. Then spend just 15 minutes a day on it and in no time, you'll have discovered some hidden treasures. Plus you'll have clear space where clutter used to be. NOW is the time to start. Have fun!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR CLUTTER & PROCRASTINATION DVDs
Rita, you are the best. We just received your DVD yesterday and I
put it right in. I realized where the cute picture of the bee came from
with the directions of how to take the Sting out of procrastination.
You are amazing and today we have taken so much paper clutter out of
our office. Had a cancellation so I said, let's tackle it and we are.
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