March 2016
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook

If price is the best thing about something, you should not buy it. Ever ~ Peter Walsh

Beware the high cost of low price. ~ Jim McDonough

Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body. ~ George Carlin

Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions. ~ Peace Pilgrim

Message from Rita

Dear Readers,
Does it ever seem that as you get rid of clutter out one door, twice as much clutter pours in another?

How does all that stuff you don’t need or use enter your life?

Back when I was The World’s Greatest Pack Rat, I asked that question and discovered several ways that clutter sneaked back. One subtle mode was when two family members clutter-busted their basement, attic, garage, etc. they showed up at my door with a smile and tons of boxes of stuff. I would thank them for their hand-me-down items and feel as if I’d won the lottery. Then I’d rummage through, not need or want much of it, but “keep it in case some day somebody some place on this planet might need it.”

Once you uncover a way clutter comes into your life, ask questions and come up with REALISTIC answers. Not excuses.

My realistic answer, once I realized what was happening was that I was thanking people for getting rid of their clutter and adding to mine.

My solution was to keep repeating that I am streamlining my life so please don’t give me new stuff.

It worked for me and of course that wasn’t the only way clutter came into my life. How about you? How are you at identifying where all your clutter comes from? Are you asking questions and coming up with REALISTIC answers? For example:

When is a great deal not a great deal? It might feel terrific buying that wonderful item … especially if it’s a bargain. If you have all your debts paid off and have savings for retirement, then you can afford it. If you don’t – you can’t. But there’s more to it. “Retail Therapy” results in a “bad deal” if you are paying cash you can’t afford for something you don’t need or use so it will become clutter which adds to your guilt, embarrassment, and stress.

How can I pass up a “Freebie”? What happens to free makeup counter samples, party favors & a gazillion free key chains you’ve picked up over the years? Clutter!

How can I give up magazines I love? If you have a backlog of more than three months of unread magazines, eliminate some subscriptions until your number of magazines matches your available reading time. Many times you can get a refund on the months left on your subscription when you cancel. Again, spending $$ to add to your clutter. If you don’t read it, stop buying it to add to your clutter. Let it go.

Don’t I need to print this out? You mean stories, jokes, cartoons, poems and internet articles. Answer: No. Good grief. Just let it go.

How can I NOT keep a gift? The gesture or action of giving a gift is what’s important. It’s generous and thoughtful. But if you don’t need or use it, it’s clutter. Just because something’s a gift doesn’t mean you’re committed to keep it forever and ever. If you don’t need or use a gift, be grateful … then let it go.

If something is too good to throw out, isn’t it up to me to rescue it? Realistic answer: No, let it go.

These are just a few examples of asking and coming up with realistic answers. Now it’s your turn. Maybe the only answer you need is (have you guessed it??) Let it go.

I took your advice from The Clutter-Busting Handbook. I have gotten so much done and those breaks you recommended and rewards were the key..I am 95% finished with my storage project of clearing out 30 years worth of accumulated stuff. Once I took your advice, things went quicker and easier and actually more fun. I have accomplished so much...thanks to your book!
Leslie Buck

You know Rita’s books, Tip Sheets, webinars, TeleClasses and in-person programs ALWAYS cover THREE topics: Procrastination, Clutter and Stress.
Well, now she’s off in a weird direction. Sometimes she does TeleClasses on her own and sometimes for Mather Life Ways,
Mather had the audacity to schedule Rita to present a TeleTopic on St. Patrick’s Day. So of course she has to do something Irish.
Because this year is the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Irish Uprising, that’s what she will talk about. Yes, she will incorporate poetry. Yes, Yeats. (Didn’t we tell you she’s off in a weird direction??)
So if you might WANT her to talk about clutter, nope..this time it’s Irish History.

Thurs. March 17 at 1:00 PM Central time.
“The Irish Uprising of 1916”
Cost: FREE. Register at 888-600-2560 or
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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
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