May 2005 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of a Pack Rat?
Here is a helpful Tip Sheet this month
to Blast Away the Clutter Habit
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Clutter-Busting Handbook


Quote For May

Not what we have, but what we enjoy,
constitutes our abundance.
-- Jean Petit-Senn


Message For May

Announcing A Brand New Arrival At Our Place

It weighs 8.6 ounces and has 193 pages
And its name is
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
Clean It Up, Clear It Out, and Keep Your Life Clutter-Free
Born: April 30, 2005
Delivered by: Walker & Co., New York
Cost: $10.95

The mother, Rita Emmett, is over the moon with joy, excitement and happiness.

"Recovered Pack Rat Rita" used to be pathetic with clutter. Once, as she cleared the paper clutter off the dining room table, she found a roller skate ... and never even suspected it was there!

She "converted" and now enjoys the freedom, exhilaration and energy of a clutter-free life -- and you can too! Discover the secrets and strategies she shares in this fun, quick, little book: The Clutter-Busting Handbook.

How to get a copy?
If you want it fast, go to your local bookstore.
If you want it at a bargain price, go to
If you want if signed by Rita, go to

So instead of your usual Anticrastination Tips today, here are some thoughts from Rita who is too happy, excited and incoherent to write her usual Tip Sheet. (Please note that "Ms. Anticrastination" is sending this out two weeks late. Har!) Herrrrre's Rita.

Hi All,

Having a book published is all SO much fun. Ignore what was written above about me being incoherent. Let me share three very coherent thoughts with you. I just returned from a Canadian Book Tour so this is the best I could come up with for this month.

Thought #1:
If you have a book in your heart, you've GOT to write it. You never know what might happen, and the process is such a fun, exhilarating experience.

Thought #2:

  • buy a copy of The Clutter-Busting Handbook for yourself, your relatives, neighbors, friends, enemies, and the check-out person at the grocery store.
  • anytime you're in a book store, please ask if they have a copy. This creates a "buzz".
  • if they DO have a copy, please turn it on the shelf so the front cover faces out
  • Thank you =)

Thought #3:
Want to hear a story of what it's like the first time you ever see your book on display in a bookstore?

Four years ago, when my first book, The Procrastinator's Handbook came out, I was at Transitions Bookplace in Chicago. The woman next to me leaned down to pick up a book, and over her head I spotted a huge stack of books with a big sign. They were MY books and the sign was about MY book, The Procrastinator's Handbook.

My heart stopped, I could hardly breathe; I pointed to the stack and shouted, "That's my book! That's my book!" The woman turned to look at the display, then turned back to me and said, "Oh Honey, that's MY book, too. I put off everything."

"No, no, no, no," I babbled, "I mean I WROTE that book!!"

She turned and looked again, then stared me straight in the eye and said, "Honey, ya wanna' know who wrote that book? My husband, that's who. Nobody puts off everything like he does. Yeah, Honey, he really wrote the book about procrastination."

I grabbed her by the elbow, and dragged her over to the display. "Look, look, look. See the name 'Rita Emmett'? That's me. I really sat down and typed and wrote this book!"

Slowly it dawned on her, and she said, "Ohhhhhhhh, you really did write this book. Well, waddya know? What are the odds you'd meet a real author in a book store."

And that's what it was like seeing my book on display in a book store for the very first time. My heart starts racing every time I think about it.

If you would like to hear me talk about clutter, Bridget Beck did a whole hour interview with me on the subject. You can hear it (FREE) at

See you next month ... and I promise by then I'll have my feet back on the ground and will have some coherent Anticrastination Tips for you.



Special Deal For May

We don't have a Special Deal. Instead, we have a challenge. A client who bought one of our CDs told us it didn't work. We tested our CDs in both of our computers and they worked fine, but then when we tried them on a CD player, all we heard were the sounds of silence.

We're trying to fix it. Meantime, if you purchased one of our CDs, listen to it and if it sounds blank, let us know. We'll either replace it (once we figure out how to solve the problem) or we'll give you your money back.

Mickey, my web genius, asked, "What if they've had the CD for a year and just never listened to it yet?" I told her, "These are procrastinators. This is what they do."