I am in the very early stages of writing a book about decluttering. I am making time here and there to work on it. The plan is to create a whole-house guide to decluttering. I have read a number of other decluttering books and many are somewhat incomplete. I want to go through every step of the process in every room of the house.
Your decluttering success stories
Along the way, I want to share some success stories – your stories. If you have decluttered your home I want to share your story. If you have decluttered a room, I want to share your story. If you have downsized to a smaller home, I want to share your story. You get the idea. 😉
I did this type of thing with my last book about learning to fall asleep. That book is in a different genre, but I enjoyed pulling those stories together to enhance the personal experience that I shared.
I don’t like to take without giving something in return. If I choose to include your story in my book, I will share the success with you. I will share the profits made during the first year with everyone that gets included in the book. I haven’t decided on how much to share, it may depend on how many stories I include in the book. Also, there is the possibility that the book flops and no-one buys it. The profit share could be nothing, it could be enough to buy pizza for the family, or it could be more. It all depends on how well the book sells. Since I’m in the very early stages of writing, it could also take a while to see any profits. I just want to be clear on all this so you don’t expect a huge royalty check in the coming weeks. The bottom line is that I want your stories and in return I’ll share in the success of the book.
A special offer for those not yet finished decluttering
That’s great for everyone that has already decluttered, but what about everyone else? I have a special offer for you. I will coach you through cleaning one area of your house for free. In return I need before and after pictures, and for you to write a little about the process.
I am offering a limited number of free coaching opportunities. To request this opportunity, contact me through my contact page and tell me a little about yourself, your current situation, and what area of your home you want help with. Use “my story coaching” as the subject.
Topics to include in your story
For everyone that chooses to participate (those completed and those that get coaching), please include the following:
- What your life and home were like before decluttering.
- Why you decided to decluttering your home. (What drove the decision to start.)
- What approach you took to declutter your home. (Room by room, a little every day, hired a professional organizer, etc.)
- How long it took from start to finish.
- What your life and home are like now, after decluttering.
- Optional: Did your spouse and children join in? How you got them on board, and how it went.
- Optional: Reactions from family and friends. Any drama there? and if so, how did you work through it?
How to participate
If you would like to participate, please send me a note through my contact page. Enter “My story” as the subject so I can keep them sorted in my inbox. Let me know now that you plan to participate and then start working on your story. I’ll reply to your message so you have my email address. When you complete your story you can email it to me.
After I receive all the entries, I’ll choose my favorites to include in the book. My favorites may be the best overall stories, or they could be stories applicable to a certain chapter to help enhance a topic or idea. I may use your entire story, or I may pick parts that fall inline with a chapter or topic.
You have some time to get your story written. I suspect I’ll be working on this over the next several months (at least). Don’t worry if you are not good at writing, I will take care of editing it for phrasing and spelling.
The deadline to submit your story is June 30, 2016. If you plan to take advantage of the free coaching, contact me as soon as possible.
Any questions, ask in the comments section below or in our Facebook group.