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

There is an immediate emotional and psychological payoff to getting our houses in order. ~~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

There must be more to life than having everything ~~ Maurice Sendak

Getting organized when you’re surrounded by clutter is so difficult, it’s almost impossible. But getting organized once your clutter is gone is so simple, it almost happens without work or effort on your part.
~~ Rita Emmett, The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Message from Rita


Did you ever notice how clutter seems to double and triple during
the lazy days of summer?
* the back yard is sprouting rakes, toys, shovels, and bikes
* and the Clutter Gremlins must be visiting your children while
they sleep because no child could possibly own as many toys as
are scattered through the house, yard and car.
* the fragrance of mildew wafts from soggy swimsuits and
water gear left in odd places.

Clutter isn't an illness; it's simply a habit. And by adding a new
habit or two to your family life, you'll see your clutter evaporate
AND you'll teach your children to become Clutter-Busters.

The first step in these habits is deciding where things should be
put. "A place for everything ..."

Also, you may need to begin some new Family Rules, such as if
someone's stuff is found where it doesn't belong, you get to decide
its fate. For example, first offense, maybe you keep it for a few
days, then return it.

But after a second or third time, you might decide to keep it for
a month (or even to get rid of it completely)

They will "test" to see if your new rules are real. You have to be
tough at the beginning.

New habits for YARD CLUTTER
* Keep all yard and garden stuff together in one designated spot.
* Fix or repair broken tools; if you don't have time to fix it
now, you never will. Get rid of it.
* Set a timer for 5 minutes, gather up and put away the tools. If
others have toys or stuff scattered around, make a new house
rule: No TV, computer, phone time (or whatever that person
loves) till they do the 5 minute "blitz". You'll be amazed at
what you can accomplish in five minutes.

New habits for TOY CLUTTER
* Make it easy for them to "contain" their toys
* Assign places for toys to belong
* If there are TOO MANY, take strong steps. Toss broken or
incomplete toys. Donate ones your children no longer use. If
STILL too many, pack some away for a rainy or sick day.
* If you want, you can have "Pack Away Days" where the kids get to pick out 3
toys, games or books that were packed away but they have to
select three of their "unpacked toys" to replace those that were packed away.
* Set the timer for 25 minutes and everybody "blitz" - race through
the house picking up stuff and putting it where it belongs. When
time's up, everyone join in for a special treat - a trip to the
pool, fixings for a hot fudge sundae, a special surprise DVD.

New habits for WET CLUTTER
* Assign and announce a place for everything to go. Make it easy
and handy.
* Maybe swimsuits go right in the washer or draped over the side
of the tub; maybe water toys go in a box outside the door or
into a tub.
* Offer a reward (trip to the movies, playground, park or mall, or a
new game) to everyone who puts away their wet gear for a week
without being reminded.

You know that YOU feel much better when there's less clutter. Well,
guess what? Your family does, too. By introducing a few new rules
and habits, you can eliminate a whole bunch of that jumbled up
stuff and you'll all feel lighter, freer and way more energized.

Want to meet Rita in person?
On Friday, Aug. 28, at 7 PM Rita will present a Procrastination Program at Unity Church in Des Plaines, IL for the
Association for Research and Enlightenment.
Cost: Free
To register, call Dianne at 847-981-1974

A Clutter Tip from one of our Perceptive Readers
Hi Rita. What I find very helpful is that when I decide to get rid of something I donate it to an organization that picks up the donations. This way it is quickly and easily on its way to its new home.


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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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