June 2014
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook

We believe if we let go of the object, we’ll lose the memory. You need to shift your mindset...If someone has given you something, that person wants you to be happy before they want you to hold on to all of this stuff. ~~ Peter Walsh

Simplify your life. You do not need all the clutter you are holding on to. Get rid of it now because it is stealing your energy. The clutter in your life takes energy to maintain. Start with the smallest things. Clear away a little and you'll be amazed at the vast amounts of energy it releases inside of you. Incomplete things also tie up energy. Look at all your unread books, and declare them complete. Guilt -- let go of it, right now. Keep around you only the things that give you energy. ~~ John-Roger

Message from Rita

Last Fall, one of our Perceptive Readers, Mary Derwinski, emailed:
"I have discovered www.freecycle.org which has helped me enormously in cleaning out the garage. The deal is that you offer things for free to whoever wants to pick them up. You can sort by your location, or list in as broad an area as you choose.

I got rid of four rolls of carpeting and two church pews. The things did not end up in a land fill, I did not have to pay for a dumpster, and the recipients were thrilled to receive the items. I put things on this site that disappeared within days. It was heaven-sent."

It's springtime. Time to clutter-bust. Time to clean the garage. And every spring I write that it's time for poetry and I sneak in a few lines of poems. THEN I hear from all you poetry-haters. And you eloquently tell me how poetry makes you cranky.

Well, Darlins', it's cranky-time again. BUT you just might want to take a look at this one. It's long but pretty cool.
Try it. You might like it.

Toast to an Empty Garage By Caryl Hurtig Casbon

In Germany at least once a year
a bomb explodes under the Autobahn,
where the vibration of wheels activates its timing device,
or near schools, injuring children playing soccer in fields.
A full-time bomb squad still searches for these deadly remnants,
bombs dropped and buried from a war, now 70 years past.
You would think if would be over by now.
It’s not.

It is said that every object has a vibration,
a frequency with an energetic field.
Like the lost bombs of WWII,
my garage stores old family heirlooms: a vanity from Aunt Alice’s bedroom
contains the memory of her miserable marriage to Uncle Dick,
collects dust, incubates their suffering, leaking upward
through the heat vents.

Clutter zones of ancestral histories pile up, underground:
cut glass liquor decanters from my parents alcohol-infused
post war marriage –
endless four-cocktail evenings in front of the TV set.
Eight antique glasses from Aunt Betty, now with Spirit,
who generously gifted us, saying:
“Don’t ever put these in the dishwasher or lose them.
They are very valuable.”

I lift one of the glasses up in the darkness of the garage
in an offering, a sacred toast.
“To Betty: thank you for your generosity.”
Silently ask for her forgiveness as I wrap the glasses in newspaper
for Goodwill. “I love your love,
but these glasses have to go.
They are ugly and we don’t use them.
They are dragging us down. Amen.”

Feng Shui, the 3,000 year-old Taoist art and science
of the material world, which is the Spirit world.
What is without, is within.
Keep what is current for you,
which keeps you in the current,
and brings you light.
Release what is old, pulling you backwards,
is used up, or should be.

Cull your life, and see what freedom
you may find in an empty garage.

Conquer Clutter Club
Last month, I mentioned that I'm considering a Conquer Clutter Club and several of you emailed that you are interested. My schedule doesn't allow for it to begin yet, but hang in there. I will try to have everything in place by next month.
Meantime, read the poem above again and see if you can begin to "cull your life" and free yourself from some of your "stuff".

Please share this Tip Sheet with 2 or 3 friends who would be interested. And feel free to use this message in your blog or newsletter, as long as you include my bio and contact info:
Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed
2331 Eastview
Des Plaines, IL 60018

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