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DES8108

Course
DES8108
Course Title
The Art of Decluttering: Clutter Intervention

Description

The popular Marie Kondo show, Tidying Up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvyeapVBLWY demonstrates the almost universal problem we all face:clutter! Despite our fascination with home décor, clutter often stands in our way, causing stress and disorganization. Start by learning principles of good organization in the classroom and then on field trips to student homes, spark joy as you practice the basics of editing possessions and supporting each other in the work of decluttering and organizing.

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, classroom)

  • Introduction: Rationale for the course and what to expect
  • 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
  • How to edit your possessions
  • Discuss field trips and enlist student volunteers

 

Homework Assignment:  Students will choose at least one of the following categories to edit and declutter.  Photograph before and after, and email photos to susantnash2@gmail.com as jpegs or jpgs in original file sizes.

Categories

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

Class 2 – Field trip – Short trips to several student’s homes to view progress and help as needed.

 (3 hours, student homes)

Homework Assignment– Choose one or more additional category to declutter.  Photograph before and after, and email to susantnash2@gmail.com  as jpegs or jpgs in original file sizes.

 

Class 3 – Thoughtfully disposing of your clutter, and storing your edited possessions (2 hours, classroom)

  •  Gift, sell, and donate, and recycle your clutter to benefit yourself and others
  •  Smart storage solutions

Homework Assignment – Edit and declutter one or more additional category.  Photograph before and after, and email to susantnash2@gmail.com  as jpegs or jpgs in original file sizes.

Class 4Field trip – Short visits to students’ homes to view their progress and help as needed. (3 hours, student homes)

Homework Assignment:  Complete one or more additional categories of decluttering.  Photograph before and after, and email to susantnash2@gmail.com  as jpegs or jpgs in original file sizes.

Class 5 – The Big Reveal!  (2 hours, classroom)

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

 

 

 

 

Prerequisites

None

Method of Instruction

Lecture, class discussion, field trips

Evaluation

Class participation, homework assignments, and attendance