2006 Anticrastination Tip Sheet
What's the opposite of Procrastination?
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
From Rita Emmett
Author of THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK, and
THE CLUTTER-BUSTING HANDBOOK
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
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"
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
#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,
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.
#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:
- 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
- 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!
- 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