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DES8108

Course
DES8108
Course Title
The Art of Decluttering: Clutter Intervention

Description

The popular Marie Kondo show, Tidying Up demonstrates the universal problem we all face: clutter! Despite our fascination with home décor, clutter stands in our way, causing stress and disorganization. Learning principles of good organization in the classroom, students will choose areas of their homes to declutter, taking before and after photos/videos to share with the class. Students will become “clutter buddies” to each other, mutually serving as a support and encouragement through the decluttering process. If you’re ready to tackle the mess and change your life for the better, join us for this transformational adventure. 

Objectives

Learn how to:

  • Evaluate and edit your possessions
  • How to arrange and store what you keep
  • How to thoughtfully dispose of items to benefit yourself and others
  • Live beautifully, with joy, in the space you have

Content

Class 1 – Overview (2 hours)

  • Introduction: Rationale for the course and what to expect
  • Brief Questionnaire
  • Student introduction and responses
  • Review class outline
  • How clutter negatively affects our lives
  • Why we clutter
  • How tackling clutter can transform our lives
  • Questions to ask yourself in each category
  • Class questionnaire to determine content priorities 
  •  Discuss clutter buddies, either a classmate or someone outside of class.
  • Decluttering process

Homework Assignment:  Students will edit and declutter one of the categories listed below.   Photograph and video before and after, and email photos to susantnash2@gmail.com as jpegs or jpgs in original file sizes, or text to 704-968-6739.

Categories

  • Clothing and wearable accessories
  • Kitchen
  • Books, magazines, and papers
  • Linens and bathrooms
  • Furniture, rugs, lamps, accessories, artwork
  • Garage or attic

 

Class 2 – View photos of student progress and challenges, and discuss.  View Power-points of additional decluttering processes.

Thoughtfully disposing of your clutter, and storing your edited possessions (2 hours)

  • Gift, sell, and donate, and recycle your clutter to benefit yourself and others
  • Smart storage solutions
  • Off-site storage – In a word, NO!  Units make sense only for short term storage of furnishings while waiting to move from one home to another
  • Or the storage of valuable art or antiques.  To store common household goods with the idea that you might use them someday is a waste of money.

 

Homework Assignment– Communicate with your clutter buddy.  Discuss your successes and challenges, ask for guidance and help if needed, and choose one or more additional categories of decluttering to complete.  Photograph before and after, and email to susantnash2@gmail.com  as jpegs or jpgs in original file sizes, or text to 704-968-6739.

 

Class 3View and Discuss images of student decluttering progress. (2 hours)

Presentation by Beth Ikes from “Accomplished”, a home professional home organizer.

Homework Assignment:   Communicate with your clutter buddy.  Discuss your successes and challenges, ask for guidance and help if needed, and choose one or more additional categories of decluttering to complete.  Photograph before and after, and email to susantnash2@gmail.com  as jpegs or jpgs in original file sizes, or text to 704-968-6739.

 

Class 4 – The Big Reveal!  (2 hours)

  • View PowerPoint presentation of decluttering work of each student
  • Celebrate our success and answer remaining questions.

Prerequisites

None

Method of Instruction

Lecture, Class Discussion, Power Point, Handouts, Hands-on practice

Evaluation

Class participation, homework assignments, and attendance