Inspiration to Make 2017 the Year of the “GREAT” Declutter


Do you sign up for newsletters from your favorite authors? I have for a few of my favorite writers. Subscribing to a newsletter is a great way to receive advance notice about when their latest novels will be out, as well as to receive special “extras,” such as freebie short stories that feature favorite characters, advice about how to get published, and sometimes even the author’s favorite recipes.

This morning I received Elizabeth Spann Craig’s latest newsletter in my Inbox. In case you haven’t heard of her, she’s the creator of the Myrtle Clover mystery series.

Myrtle is one of my favorite fictional detectives, and together, Myrtle and Craig have been two of the many sources of inspiration in creating my own fictional detective, Jonah Edwards, who is the lead criminal investigator in a small coal mining town  located in the Appalachian mountains.

Like Myrtle, Jonah has a host of sidekicks that support and/or frustrate his crime-solving efforts. Including Fedelia “Fee” Radley, the former guidance counselor at the town’s local high school. With a lot of luck, and determination, the first two novels in my series will be available later this summer!

Do You Plan to Declutter for 2017?

Anyway, in today’s newsletter, Craig also shared two of her favorite recipes, and, discussed how she finds inspiration and support to work on one of her regular, annual New Year’s Resolutions – Declutter 365: A Year of 15 Minute Decluttering Missions.

Decluttering and organizing my home are also two of the annual resolutions that I make, almost without fail, every new year. Unlike Craig, I find that I fail at achieving my goal after about a week to 10 days. Since she says that she usually manages to stick with it until April, I thought I would mosey on over to the site and check it out.

Immediately, I fell in love. I think what I like about it the most is that you focus on a different task each day, that supports a larger goal for the week, and each task should only take about 15 minutes a day. So, theoretically, if I stick with it each day, and commit to giving up a mere 15 minutes, I can have a clean and organized home in just one year.

So, I’m going to give this whole Declutter 365 challenge a go and make this new year of 2017 THE YEAR of the “GREAT” Declutter! Wish me luck, because I am going to need it!

Join Me and Thousands of Others in the Declutter 365 Challenge!

Using the links at the site, I’ve joined their support group at Facebook, and, printed out my calendar for the month so that I can stay on track with each day’s tasks.  If decluttering your home and getting more organized is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, why not join and find the support and help that you need to make 2017 your best, most organized year ever?

Photo Credit and a Note About the Cover Photo for This Post

Do you see how neat, attractive and organized the bookshelves are in the image attached this post? Sadly, it’s not a picture of my own bookshelves. It’s an image that I found  posted in the Creative Commons 2.0 section at Flickr, and it was posted by the actual Rubbermaid Products.

I actually use several of their products in my kitchen and pantry already. I also plan on posting before and after photos of my efforts as I start to make progress. So, be on the lookout for future posts where I share my journey to a less cluttered, more organized home.

Also, if you enjoy mysteries, you might want to keep an eye out for future articles about my efforts to create my own fictional detective. As the publication date draws near, I will be posting updates as well as special offers for readers of my blog.


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