October 2009

THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
From 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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Quotes for October

Many times the reading of a book has made the future of a person.
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Humans alone of all the creatures on earth can change their own patterns. Man alone is the architect of his destiny.
--- William James
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October Message from Rita

WHEN YOU LIVE WITH A PACK RAT

Some of you are already clutter-busters, but you live with a Pack Rat or two (as do I – Bruce is the King of Klutter.) Recently, I received a short email – 3 lines long from a guy in that situation. He wrote:
I am desperate
How can I get my wife to throw away stuff?
Thank you

Here is my reply to him – I’ve changed his name to protect the innocent.

Hi Bob,
You sound desperate. First of all, I'm proud of you for asking how to get HER to throw her stuff out. Because if YOU decided to throw it out, it doesn't work. She'll never forgive you and if she's not part of the clutter busting, then in 18 months, she'll accumulate a whole bunch of new clutter anyway.

Next: do you have a copy of my book, The Clutter-Busting Handbook?
If you can't get her to read it, offer to read it TO her (make it fun)

Next, realize she cannot just throw out her beloved clutter. Help her find a person or organization who will LOVE and cherish her stuff as much as she does. So that way, if she's holding a jacket she hasn't worn in a year, she can think "Somebody at the homeless shelter will really love to wear this" and she can say good-bye to it with joy in her heart instead of tears.

Next, I've attached a list of 21 clutter busting tips. (Click Here)
Maybe she might be willing to do ONE tip, and then maybe another one. It took a while for all her clutter to accumulate, so it will take a while to get rid of it. One day at a time.

Next, see if you can talk her into trying to clutter bust just one small area, and if she can't put any time into it, then every day, WITH HER just process 5 pieces of clutter. By process, I mean put it where it belongs, or make a place for it to belong and put it there, or best of all, get rid of it.

One last way you can help her. When she DOES do some clutter busting, you offer to take the stuff she is donating or tossing and deliver it to wherever she selects. Otherwise, it will set in the corner or the car trunk and eventually she will bring it all back into her space.

Nagging or fighting with her won't help. Give her loving support because it is really hard for her to get rid of her stuff. Celebrate and reward her for every little victory. And encourage her to NOT try to clutter-bust the whole house -- just one small area. Not the whole kitchen -- just one section of the counter top. Not a whole closet -- just one shelf. Not the whole car -- just the front seat. Get it? Good luck.

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WANT TO BREAK THE CLUTTER HABIT?
Like to read? We’ve got The The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Like to listen to CDs? We've got a 1 hour interview with Rita called “Conquer Your Clutter
OR
an in-depth 4-CD set of interviews covering tons of info on clutter – "Vaporize Clutter" General, Sentimental, Paper and Stealth Clutter (You know – that stuff that creeps back in 5 minutes after you’ve de-cluttered)

Like to watch DVDs? The Clutter Busting DVD of Rita giving a talk at a library is the kind of thing you’ll want to watch again & again, and if you have kids, they might even get hooked watching it.
 
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WANT TO MEET RITA IN PERSON?

IBAM at IAHC:
What does THAT mean?
Irish Books, Art & Music at the Irish American Heritage Center
4626 North Knox Ave, Chicago, IL
phone: 773-282-7035 for directions or further information.
If you live in the Chicago area Rita, along with many other authors, will be signing books there on
Sat, Oct. 31 at 11am till 4pm
Sun, Nov. 1 at 11am till 4pm, and
giving a talk on “Want to Break the Clutter Habit” at noon on Sunday.

Her pal Malachy McCourt (who tells a charming story on page 96 of Rita’s book Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed) gives a talk on Saturday at 4:15

You’ll be able to spot Rita – she’ll be wearing a witch’s hat…. that is musical… and – um – animated… and weird. She thinks it is wonderful. We tried to talk her out of it, but she loves the goofy thing. Rita tells all about it on YouTube.

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WANT TO LISTEN TO RITA?

SAY GOOD-BY TO SENTIMENTAL CLUTTER (90 minutes)

Rita will be interviewed by Stephanie Calahan
October 14
7:00 pm CST till 8
You can listen by telephone OR computer, if you cannot make it that day & time, you can listen by computer later.
To Register: Click Here

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