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

Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
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When you have chaos and clutter in your work or living space, you have chaos and clutter in your mind and in your heart. It’s hard to think when surrounded by clutter. ~~ Rita Emmett, The Clutter-Busting Handbook

 

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself. ~~ Isak Dinesen, author, Out of Africa

A place for everything and everything in its place. ~~ My Grandmother (and maybe yours?)

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Message from Rita

 

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING & EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

Dear Readers,

Clutter-busting is not just about getting rid of stuff. It's creating a logical place to put stuff and being able to find what you need when you need it. And setting boundaries on those places.

What does that mean? Well, first of all, when you don't have enough room for some of your stuff, you don’t need more room. You need less stuff so it's time to decide what you do NOT need or use and how can you get rid of it.

 

When people "down-size" because they are moving to a smaller home, they are amazed at what they can get rid of and live without. A long time ago, a friend told me she uses AIM questions. That is As If Moving.
"If I were moving, would I want to pack this up, pay to move it, unpack it and find a place for it in the new place." If the answer is no, she doesn’t put it back to decide on later. She gets rid of it NOW.

 

For years I've asked myself AIM questions and it's amazing how many items get tossed.  Last year, I thought I needed a new file cabinet in my office. But first I decided to take 3 files at a time, go through them and evaluate would I want to schlep it with if I were moving. Much of those papers were outdated, much of the information is now available online, and much I simply never need, never refer to, and never will need.

After a small period of time, working with only 3 files at a time, I had filled 3 recycle bins. Then I rearranged the remaining files and ended up with 2 empty file drawers. Checked "Get new file cabinet" off my “to-do list”. Yippee.

 

Now about creating those logical places, there are two factors:
grouping similar things together, and
thinking about "Where would I look for this if I needed it a year from now."
Where ever it is that you'd look for something,  THAT is where it belongs.

And about grouping things together -- haven't you ever bought something and later discovered you already had it but it wasn't where you looked for it? For years, every spring when we started gardening, we'd go out and buy a bag or two of soil, then later discover half-used bags all over. Now there is a place for all gardening supplies in the garage and we no longer discover more gardening gloves the day after we buy new ones, etc.

In the past, I've told you that when I decided to clutter bust my kitchen cabinets, I pulled everything out and discovered 7 of those little bottles of green food coloring. Now when I need food coloring, I have it all gathered together in one spot. AND when I buy something new .... anything from food coloring to garden tools, I know where to put it.

 

When you buy new games or gadgets or tools or cords to recharge your phone, do you have a place that it belongs? It doesn't matter if you use a basket or plastic container or bin or envelope or shoe box. Decide on a place for everything... and then put your stuff there. (maybe label it to help your remember your new system of putting it there.)

 

Ahhh but what happens when that place to put stuff is full or overflowing? That's where "boundaries" come it. Don't you agree that never before has so much stuff and paper and information flooded our lives? We can't keep all of it ... we MUST set boundaries.

 

For example, maybe you are a hobby person who has designated a certain spot for your stuff. When that container is overflowing with material or paints or empty toilet paper rolls or cars for your model railroad, you don't need a new container, you need to get rid of some of that stuff. People say, "But I passionately love buying new material or items for my railroad." Fine, but when it no longer fits in the space you've decided to keep it, you don't need more space, you need less stuff.

 

Go through what you haven't used in a year, and donate it. Someone will be thrilled to own it and you can go out and spend more money on stuff.

 

By the way, if you are NOT a hobby person, all these principles apply to your books, tools in your workshop, kitchen gadgets, shoes, fishing gear or anything that is overflowing or running out of room. After all, how many plastic bags, rubber bands and charger cords do you need?

Happy Clutter-Busting.

Warmly,

Rita

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A FREE TELECLASS ON PAPER CLUTTER

In this class by phone, Rita will offer tips to help you tame all your wild papers.
And yes, it IS free. And yes, if you register, you’ll have access to a free recording of it afterwards…even if you cannot attend the actual class.
Tuesday, Oct. 6
1:00 PM Central time
Register at 888-600-2560 or teltopics@matherlifeways.com

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WANT TO MEET RITA IN IN PERSON IN THE CHICAO AREA?
Once again, Rita is privileged to be among the selected authors at iBAM, which stands for Irish Books, Art & Music.
At the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox Avenue
Oct. 10 & 11 from noon till 5:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Visit and chat with her in the authors section or when she speaks about “How Perfectionism Creates Problems” at 1:00 on Sunday

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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
www.ritaemmett.com
REmmett412@aol.com
847-699-9950

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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
www.ritaemmett.com
REmmett412@aol.com
2331 Eastview
Des Plaines, IL 60018
847-699-9950
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No trees were destroyed in the sending of this message,
but a significant number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.