January 2018
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
  1. EMMETT'S CLUTTER FACT: If you don’t have a place to put something, it WILL become clutter.
  2. When you don’t have enough room for all your stuff, you don’t need more room, you need less stuff.
    Don't consider your wastebasket or recycle bin to be an enemy who gobbles up your important data; consider it to be a friend who must be nourished and fed. Feed it!
Above quotes from The Clutter-Busting Handbook by Rita Emmett

Message from Rita

Did you ever receive a gift that seemed useless when you opened it but then you start to fall in love with it? That happened to me with a calendar.
That’s right. A calendar – the same “gift” we received from our insurance guy, our bank and several charities we have donated to. (Received 8 this year)
But after spending some time with THIS calendar, I was enthralled. It does not focus on dates we already know such as New Years and Halloween.

No, no – this calendar tells reasons to celebrate every day of the year such as Rubber Ducky Day (1/13), Chocolate Cake Day (1/27), Random Acts of Kindness Day (2/17), Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day (3/14), Encourage a Young Writer day (4/10) and that all of July is Anti-Boredom Month.
Truly, it’s hard to stop. How about Dadgum That’s Good Day (3/1)?

Then I began to check what special days fall on our birthdays. Hubby Bruce is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (1/9). Amazing coincidence – exactly one month earlier our son Robb received the “Police Officer of the Year Award”. Far be it from me to brag about it … so … back to the calendar.

Why would you care about this? Because the day before Bruce (aka King of Klutter) celebrates his birthday is “Clean Off Your Desk Day” (1/8).
If this is something you want to do in 2018, LET’S DO IT!!! Here are:


  1. Create a place for each paper to belong and put it there. If it doesn't have a "home", it becomes clutter.
  2. Handle each piece of paper only once. Make decisions the FIRST time you touch a piece of paper.
  3. Realize the world won't end if you get rid of much of your paper.
  4. Get rid of what you don't need.
  5. Skim material as soon as it arrives.
  6. Open all snail mail near a wastebasket or recycle bin.
  7. Try to get off junk mail lists or send it straight to the recycle bin.
  8. If it takes less than a minute, do it now (read, recycle, toss, file, delete).
  9. Create a place where all incoming mail goes till it can be sorted, tossed, recycled or put where it belongs.
  10. Create a place where all incoming school papers go till they can be sorted, signed, reviewed, acted upon or filed.
  11. Most monthly bills can be paid electronically. Saves time, cost of stamps, and paper clutter.
  12. Do you have stacks of magazines you will read "someday"? Eliminate whatever you don't have time to read. Stop subscribing.
  13. Recycle papers that have one blank side. Put them in a stack where people who need to jot notes or print out email jokes can help themselves instead of taking a new piece.
  14. Ask yourself: Do you really want to devote precious space to this paper? Can you get this information from the internet or elsewhere?
  15. Enter all phone numbers & messages in a spiral notebook (instead of scattered scraps of paper) till it can be responded to or entered where it belongs.
  16. Take ten minutes each day to sort, file or toss papers. Do at beginning or end of work day, or do it during commercials of the first hour watching TV
  17. Every day, before starting work, put away ten things on your desk.
  18. Get rid of it.
And just in case you love to decorate for special days, you might want to begin preparations now for Do a Grouch a Favor Day (1/16)

Happy clutter-busting … AND … don’t forget to mark 1/8 on your calendar.

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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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