Month 2017
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook 

Tip #1: Look over your left shoulder when leaving a room. If something is out of place and it belongs where you are going, take it with.

Tip #2: If it takes less than 3 minutes, do it now. – The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Message from Rita


Numb means to be deprived of physical or emotional sensation; feeling indifferent.

In the past you’ve read my term “Clutter Numb” meaning being oblivious to clutter surrounding you. Many times if you question Pack Rats about their clutter, they honestly don’t notice it … unless company is coming.
Then they freak out.

However, there’s another numbness that contributes to clutter. If you have a copy of The Clutter-Busting Handbook, you’ll see in the dedication that my husband Bruce is a great guy but he’s the King of Clutter. So I get to observe various weird behaviors in him.

For example, a box of stuff that had to be brought into the house was sitting on the front seat of his car for almost a week. He would see it, knew it belonged in the house, but did nothing. When I asked him to bring it in, it was no trouble and he gladly obliged.

But he never put 2 and 2 together to tell himself,
“This needs to go into the house.
I am now going into the house.
THEREFORE I will bring it into the house”.

Maybe call it “Notice numbness”? (If you have a better word, click reply and send your ideas.) I used to be the same way. I’d leave the room heading for the kitchen, see a coffee cup that belonged in the kitchen and never think to bring it with me.
Now I’ve radically changed my evil ways. I pick up that cup and take it with.

What converted me from being dumb ol’ “Notice Numb” to a brilliant person who can figure out to pick up the cup and take it where it belongs?

The answer is two fabulous tips that create easy, simple habits which can be life-changing in terms of clutter.

Tip #1: Look over your left shoulder when leaving a room. If something is out of place and it belongs where you are going, take it with. (SECRET: That tip works just as well over your right shoulder. Who knew??)

This helped me become more observant. Now I notice anything that’s out of place and put it where it belongs. And this tip has been a salvation several times when leaving anyplace. For example, when leaving after restaurant meetings, I usually glance over my left shoulder and often spot other people’s left-behind umbrellas, charge cards and even wallets.

Tip #2: If it takes less than 3 minutes, do it now. This second easy life-changing tip came from JoAnn Knight in Toronto and I am forever grateful.

It made me aware of how little time it takes to put the toothpaste back in the cabinet and papers back where they belong.

These two simple habits are easy to develop. And they have helped me
#1 notice when something is out of place and
#2 break the “I’ll-tackle-that-when-I-have-time” habit.

They have had a profound impact on our house being clutter-free …. Except in Bruce’s office, model train room and his side of the bed headboard.
Now about that other bag of stuff that’s been in his car for 3 weeks …..


Long-time readers might remember Rita’s Tip Sheet a while back on “The Miserable Mealy-Mouthed Myths of Clutter”

You can learn more on that topic in Rita’s class-by-phone on:
Tuesday, March 28 at 11 AM Central Time
Here’s the description

Are you drowning in clutter but can’t get rid of it because of one or more reasons …. Or … um … excuses?
“Recovered Pack Rat’ Rita Emmett will explore those beliefs that are holding you back from getting rid of stuff you don’t need or use … and never think about … and forgot you have.
As you can figure out from the title, she will attack what she calls “Miserable, Mealy-Mouthed Myths of Clutter”. You will learn to identify those reasons/excuses entangling you in your clutter. Then learn how to move past them and become a Happy, Successful Clutter-Buster.

Cost: FREE.
For phone number to call for the class that day, 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
2331 Eastview
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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