The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
The secret to successful decluttering is this: You will never get
organized if you don’t have a vision for the life you want... Ask, "Does
this thing create that vision or get in the way of that vision? If it
does, hold on to it with all your life. If it doesn’t, why is it in your
home?" ~~ Peter Walsh
Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you
have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of
living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the
happiest. ~~ Peace Pilgrim (Mildred Lisette Norman)
Message from Rita
RANDOM CLUTTER TIPS
Got "Random Clutter" here, there and everywhere?
Here are 18 Random Clutter Tips. Yes, I've given you clutter tips in the
past. These are new. They're random. Try them. You might like them.
- Designate one receptacle for snail mail.
Put a box or basket near where the mail is brought in. Or hang a
mail holder on the side of a table or kitchen counter. Teach
everyone to put ALL mail into it. If kids plop the mail where it
doesn't belong, walk the children to the plopped stuff, have them
pick it up and walk them to the mail receptacle. (Usually you need
to do this only 3 times per child)
- Always open your mail next to the recycling bin so you
can immediately toss junk mail.
- When buying electronics, download the manual and store
it in the cloud.
Uploading an electronic copy to the cloud keeps you covered in case
the manufacturer stops producing the item and takes the manual down
from their site. Reduces paper clutter and is pretty clever, don't
- Use shower curtain hooks on your closet rod.
The hooks take up less space than hangers. And it’s a great way to
compartmentalize the things in your closet that don’t have a place —
scarves, belts, bags.
- Utilize your under-desk space.
Put the stuff that you need to keep nearby but don't use often into
boxes and store it underneath.
- When cleaning the bedroom, always make the bed first.
Lots of reasons. 1) It provides a flat spot for organizing and
folding, 2) you’ll be less likely to collapse into bed and take a
nap in the middle of your clutter-busting, and 3) your messy stuff
will look weird and out of place once the bed is all neat.
- Fold your bedsheets up and stuff them in a matching
- On a super hot day, clean out your fridge and freezer.
Pretty cool thing to do.
- Go through your closets and ask: "If I were shopping
right now, would I buy this?"
- When you have stuff too good to toss so you want to
donate it, set up a box or big plastic bag in a designated spot such
as a closet or corner of the garage.
That way, when any family member is ready to get rid of things they
don't need or use any more, they have a place to put it.
- Use small boxes for small things in drawers you need to
keep organized, like batteries or rubber bands.
- Every time you pass a stack of paper or clutter, process
By process, I mean recycle, toss, donate, or put it where it
belongs. (If it doesn't have a place to belong, it automatically
becomes clutter. That's a fact. So don't put it back into the stack
of clutter. Make a place for it to belong.)
- Use a sock to store those unwieldy cords.
- If you are pretty good at getting rid of things you
don't need or use, but you keep bringing in more clutter, stop it.
That's right. Stop spending money you probably can't afford
… to bring more stuff into your life that you don’t need or use …
that will simply add to your clutter, stacks of stuff, guilt, stress
- Get realistic about your books.
Yes, there are some that you will read again, or refer to or simply
NEED to keep. And there are many more that you will never ever read,
look at, want or miss. You can say good-bye to those and the world
will not end and you will still be a good person. Honest.
- Find ways to get rid of your old books.
1. Donate to your local library. Often they have book sales to earn
money to buy what they need.
2. Give books away to family and friends you believe would enjoy
3. Sell your old textbooks for a little extra cash.
4. For cookbooks, only keep the ones with a large number of recipes
you plan on making. If there’s only a couple of useable recipes,
scan them and set up a recipe file on your computer.
- Each time you buy a new item of clothing, get rid of
"A tie for a tie, a shoe for a shoe"
- Try not to add to other's clutter. Give only gifts that
people want or can use.
Take a friend or relative out to eat for their birthdays. Give a
membership to a museum or zoo. Offer to spend 2 hours with them
clutter-busting. This cuts down on gifts that turn into clutter and
people might learn to give you the same thoughtfulness..
SUCCESS STORY FROM A PERCEPTIVE READER
The poem, Toast to an Empty Garage, (June 2014) is one
of your best poem’s ever! Yes, “every object has a vibration”. And if
the vibration isn’t needed, isn’t loved, isn’t energizing me, then, it’s
time.... I get the message!
A simple example. Amongst my bottles of spices/herbs until today there
was a bottle of arrowroot (a thickening agent) that I remember buying
for a recipe I wanted to follow. I used it only once. That was in
Ottawa, i.e., prior to 1986! I never used it again, but I held on to it
because some day, some day, a recipe might call for it again. As of noon
today, IT’S GONE!
Jo in Toronto
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Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled,
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