August 2006 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of Procrastination?
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
Procrastination Habit
From Rita Emmett

Quote For August

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
--- Anna Quindlen


What's New?

Drum roll, please!!!
Announcing our very FIRST DVD. A CLUTTER BUSTING SEMINAR. It's a TV Cable production of Rita teaching how to become a Clutter Buster.

Here's a comment from a "sneak preview"

Dear Rita,
You really do have a great DVD here! You made me laugh and boy the part about mothers & aunts clearing out their houses into mine... sure sounds like what we do in my family!

The kids and I all watched your DVD and cracked up with laughter. No wonder why you're such a popular speaker.
Cheryl Guidry

Introductory offer for YOU during August $14.97 (A $29.97 value.)


Rita's On Tv Again - Chicago Area
On Friday, August 18, Rita returns to 11am ABC Chicago News (channel 7). She'll be on after 11:35 and will talk about "Kids & Clutter".

As usual, she already has another bad case of "Stage Fright"

Want To Cruise For Free??

A few months ago, I gave the web site for information on how anyone can give talks on a cruise and travel for free. You don't have to be a professional speaker to do it. Since then, I’ve received tons of phone calls about it, and just didn’t have time to spend with every call, so we’re offering a FREE teleseminar (a class taught by phone – no computer necessary) Thursday, August 10 at 7pm CENTRAL Time.

On the teleseminar, you’ll hear Daniel Hall (the creator of the "Speak on Cruise" course) explain the details of speaking on a cruise and how anyone can do it. Daniel will show you how to make this work. Even though it's free, you must register in order to receive the phone number and the helpful hand-outs. To register, go to:

If you want more information to cruise free, go to

NEWS FLASH – Web goddess Mickey informs me that we already have 82 people signed up and the phone line holds only 100. We’ll accept a few more than 100 registrations because on that date there’s always someone who cannot make it. BUT for that reason, we recommend that you REGISTER NOW and on that date, that you call in AT LEAST five minutes early so you are guaranteed a chance to participate in the teleseminar. We’ve never had this happen before, and I honestly don’t know what happens to the 101st caller. Does the call not go through? Do you get a busy signal? I don’t know.


August Message From Rita

Last month, I asked for tips to help college students conquer clutter, and really wondered if I was asking the impossible. But once again, our Bright & Creative Readers came through with brilliant ideas.

Even if you aren't launching a child off to college, you might find that many of these Bright and Creative ideas will help you in your everyday life.

We start off with great tips from Brenda who doesn't even subscribe to our Tip Sheet (Thank you Brenda's mom for passing this along).

#1 Brenda wrote: I spent the last 15 years working in Student Housing all over the country. Students bring tons of stuff to college these days.

When I went to college, everything I owned fit in the back of my parents station wagon. Now students bring huge stereos, computer systems, playstations, televisions, and clothes for all seasons as they really "move in" to their home away from home.

Clutter happens quickly in college as we (college administrators) give students so much stuff we actually think they read. Truly, they should read it because we will bring it up to them if they ask about specific information (how they already received this and that document.)

First, I would find a way to organize all of the school-specific paperwork, including student handbook, class schedule, financial information, & course catalog.

Second, organize books and notebooks for each class.

Students often head out to the Target, WalMart, or Bed Bath and Beyond nearest their college. These 3 stores cater to college students. A small file cabinet, book shelf, or storage bin should do the trick if the organization process is started right when a student arrives on campus. They often go overboard buying desk accessories. If there is NO room on the desk for studying & doing homework, then it will not happen as often.

Many students also purchase a closet organizer; however, these take up more room than provide room. Racks in the bottom of a closet for shoes also take up way too much space. Find a larger Rubbermaid bin and put all shoes in there and store at the bottom of the closet.

Finally, students should also find a way to store & keep-together their kitchen and bathroom stuff in their room. They need a bin to carry their items to the shower as well as kitchen items to cook small meals for themselves if they don't feel like eating in the dining hall.

It is very easy to turn a small college room into a nice and welcoming uncluttered "home away from home."

If any of your readers want anymore information, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Brenda Andrews

#2 Dear Rita,
Something that has helped me in many storage situations is the simple, inexpensive, hang up plastic shoe holder. Sure, you can use it for shoes, but also cosmetics, socks, gloves, school supplies -- anything you need to have handy to grab and go. Another use was hanging one on the back of the front seat of the car, and filling it with bug spray, sun tan lotion, bandaids, snacks, car games, etc. for long car trips, camping, etc.
Marilyn Rust, Arvada, Co.

#3 Get storage containers that can be reused or put into another container. For instance, don't bring luggage to college. Use duffel bags that you can fold up and put away.
Michelle Ziemba

#4 Amazingly enough, college was the one place where I actually managed to keep clutter completely under control. As far as how I was able to do it, all I can remember is:

  1. I had an extra shelving unit (mine was the cheap plastic type that locks together, but they make nice folding ones from wood and metal, too) that went from floor to almost-ceiling -- 4 or 5 shelves. That way I had a place for book overflow, my stereo, and all my extra odds and ends.
  2. I only took with me what I needed, such as clothes, bedding, toiletries, stereo (gotta have music), a few basic reference volumes, school supplies, and one or two absolute favorite things. Today, I would add a laptop computer, printer, and iPod to that mix, instead of the stereo and CDs. It's a GREAT space saver!
  3. I would clean my room from top to bottom to get ready every time I had a major paper to write or an exam to study for. Okay, at the time this was a delaying tactic, but it really helped keep things under control -- I had LOTS of papers to write!
    Carolyn R. Fulton