April 2015
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Emmett’s Basic Clutter Fact: If you plan to get organized tomorrow, then you’ve got to de-clutter today. --- Rita Emmett, The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Remember, no one who loved you and wanted what's best for you, would want your life and home overrun with their stuff. --- Peter Walsh

Emmett’s Second Clutter Fact: If you don’t have a place to put something, you’ve got clutter. That’s an undeniable fact. --- Rita Emmett, The Clutter-Busting Handbook


Message from Rita


Dear Readers,
If people want to succeed in getting rid of their clutter, they need to begin by changing the way they think. They need a new mindset.

Let's say you decide you love your books but don't have room for all of them. With books (... or ANY clutter) when you first start off, you need to set boundaries.

One of the most important quotes from The Clutter-Busting Handbook is "If you don't have enough room for all your stuff, you don't need more room. You need less stuff."

Not only do you need to set boundaries in terms of how much stuff/clutter you can allow to take up space, you need to set boundaries in many areas in order for you to regain control of your life.

For example, set boundaries on HOW you spend your time Clutter-busting. When your clutter is out of control, don't take trips down memory lane, don't spend hours going through boxes, reading old articles you forgot you had and never cared to look up, or perusing books you never cared to look for, etc.

Glance through stuff, and tell yourself, "I haven't needed or missed anything in this box ", so move it out.
Don't just relocate it elsewhere in your life. That's doing "The Clutter Shuffle". Get it out -- recycle, give away, donate or toss.

Once you feel your clutter is down to an amount that you consider manageable, THEN you can spend more time wallowing and rummaging through each box, envelope, book, etc. if you need to.
Again, remind yourself how much this clutter bothers you.
How much you want to get rid of it.
And start asking yourself questions about why you are so resistant.

The reason I don't go to houses to help clutter-bust any more is because I kept running into the same thing with people. I suggest we get rid of something and they counter with a "Yes, but...." and give me a reason why they "can't" (I hear "won't") get rid of it.

As long as people believe their mealy-mouthed excuses, they won't make progress. So if I came over in person to work with people, here's what would happen.
We would consider a stack of clutter, I would try to move it out, they would tell me why I can't and at the end of the day, we would have worked for hours and thrown away a rubber band and two bent paper clips.

To successfully clutter-bust, you need to do some other work first. Internal work. Asking questions and coming up with answers. Realistic answers that help delete your resistance to getting rid of clutter. You need to stop sabotaging yourself. Questions such as:

A. Do I truly want to get rid of my clutter or do I want to live with it and all the guilt, stress, embarrassment, frustration, disgust, shame, annoyance, dissatisfaction or whatever emotions my clutter generates.
B. Do I have a place to put this?
C. Will I ever want this again?
D. Will I ever need this?
E. Will I ever use this?
F. Do I have it because someone might need it but nobody ever does; or if they do, I won’t be able to find it anyway?
G. Do I have five more just like it that I never use?
H. Will I again forget I have this?
I. Do I want to actually devote precious space to my clutter?
J. If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?
K. If I forgot I had this, if I never gave it a thought, why can't I live without it?

As you begin to come up with realistic answers you will finally stop kidding yourself with self-sabotaging myths such as :
I just need to get it fixed or repaired (even though I haven't done it in the past year)
This brings back memories (even though I haven't looked at it in the past year)
It's a gift and I'm expected to keep it forever (Really? Who expects that??)
I might lose a ton of weight and then I’d fit into these clothes again. (You'll fit but won't want to wear them. Trust me.)
I've always had it so I should always keep it (Oh, good grief. I don't think even YOU believe that one)

Once you begin to come up with realistic answers unlike the ones above or a million other lies ... um.... I mean myths, then you will finally be able to say good-by to your clutter without breaking your heart or sobbing like a baby poodle.
Are you ready to begin asking yourself questions and being honest with realistic answers?


Dear Rita,
I just had to write and let you know that I read The Clutter-Busting Handbook, now I'm all hyped to get busy and purge!!!!! I'm NOT a reader, but read it in 2 days, I really enjoyed it, so am looking forward to the next one!!!!!
Midge in Nebraska


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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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