August 2018
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator’s Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook

If you haven’t used it in a year, it can’t be too vital to your lifestyle. ~~ Rita Emmett, The Clutter-Busting Handbook
Simplify, simplify, simplify. ~~ Henry David Thoreau

We all have stuff that we love --- for a while --- and then one day, instead of looking wonderful, it looks like clutter. ~~ Rita Emmett, The Clutter-Busting Handbook



How do you feel about wastebaskets? That's right, you read that correctly - your attitude toward your wastebasket will have a profound and - yea verily -- mystical impact on all your clutter.

Do you think of your wastebasket as an evil enemy who gobbles up all your important data and treasures… so therefore the best way to treat this vile villain is to never, ever contribute anything to it?
Then it’s time for an attitude change about wastebaskets.

It is your sweet and kind, loyal and true friend who needs to be nurtured and fed.
So feed your wastebasket.
Every chance you get --- feed it, feed it, feed it.

Also, buy a wastebasket for every spot in which clutter, including paper, accumulates. You might whine, "But a wastebasket looks dumb in my dining room." And to that I retort, "Pray tell, do you think all that paper stacked on your dining room table has an intelligent look ... as opposed to that dumb-looking wastebasket?

Now here are some wondrous wastebaskets facts: they come in attractive colors, designs and styles. Yes, they do. You may even find one that you love.

BEWARE: When you go on your wastebasket-shopping-binge, don't buy little bitty teeny-tiny dainty ones unless you have little bitty teeny-tiny dainty stacks of clutter. If you have mega clutter like most of us, then you need mega-wastebaskets. Lots of them.

If you feel overwhelmed by all your clutter and stacks of paper, you’ll find great help in digging out from all of it in The Clutter-Busting Handbook.

So what is the heart of the message for this month?

Every time you wonder “keep or toss” about an item or piece of paper --- feed your wastebasket.

Every time you come across something super ugly, broken beyond repair or old and faded – feed your wastebasket.

Every time you stumble across something you forgot you had, never wished you had and never, ever needed – feed your wastebasket.

Got it?? Good because I was getting tired of repeating it … although it COULD be something helpful to tattoo on your arm … maybe?



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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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This is So much time, so little to do. Scratch that, reverse it! ~~ Willie Wonka