Deep Storage Boot Camp
A mindful clutter clearing 'gentle' boot camp!
October 10 - October 28, 2016
BENEFITS OF clearing clutter mindfully…
- Break down an overwhelmingly large task into doable, bite-size chunks that fit within your schedule
- Learn mindfulness techniques that can help you stay centered and focused as you clear clutter
- Set realistic goals and get comfortable with imperfection
- Get support around emotionally-charged belongings that you can’t decide what on earth to do with
- Clear some much-needed breathing space in your home
- Gain the motivation and confidence to finally clear out and let go of a storage unit rental, make room for your car in your garage, or reclaim that 'spare room' that is currently jam-packed with who-knows-what.
GENTLE, mindful ENCOURAGEMENT TO HELP YOU LET GO OF CLUTTER
Clutter clearing is hard work, both physically and emotionally. So when you're facing a large task, it's no wonder we so often become overwhelmed and frustrated (or simply give up on your project...indefinitely) - but that's where Mindful Clutter Clearing can help. By pairing a gentle, compassionate, and mindful approach, with accountability (to me, your teacher!) and the encouragement of a supportive online community, you can begin making strides towards a clutter-free space.
how it works:
In Deep Storage Boot Camp, we will be using mindfulness techniques and gentle, emotional support to help you finally tackle one 'deep storage' area of your choosing, such as an attic, basement, garage, closet, storage unit, or a packed-to-the-gills spare room. Through daily lessons (with breathing space over the weekends), weekly podcasts, and a printable workbook, you will learn how to overcome the fear of getting started by breaking down the work into totally doable mini-bites, fit clutter clearing work into pockets of time you have available, handle items (like family photographs and mementos) that bring up intense emotions, and strengthen your decision-making 'muscle' so that your clutter clearing work can become quicker and easier.
This course is not about making a perfect-looking storage space (in my experience, aiming for perfection just helps ensure failure!). Instead, think of Deep Storage Boot Camp as a much-needed boost of motivation, useful tips, and cheerleading to help you find the gumption to get started, and stay the course.
TOPICS covered include:
- Taking a mindful inventory of your storage space
- How (and where) to get the right kind of help when you need it
- Building confidence + strengthening your decision-making muscle
- Crafting a clutter-clearing plan that will work for you
- Handling emotional hot spots with gentleness
- Strategies for sorting through printed photos
- Archival care for photos and memorabilia
- Organizing tips to make the most of your space
- Mapping your storage area so you can find what you need, when you need it
- Practices to prevent re-cluttering your storage space once its clear!
what you get:
- Daily lessons, with breathing space over the weekends
- Weekly podcasts that delve more deeply into the topics we are covering
- A downloadable, printable course workbook packed with insight-building journaling questions, useful checklists, and storage planning pages
- A private Facebook group where we can connect and share progress, insights, and challenges (totally optional)
- Email support directly with me, your teacher...I will always try to respond the same day!
- A PDF ebook containing all of the lessons from the course
WEEK 1: GROUNDWORK
In week one, you will be taking an honest, clear-eyed look at the state of your storage area right now, without judging, and begin to break down the task into doable, bite-size chunks by crafting a clutter clearing plan. I like to think of this week as sort of a sneaky way to get started clearing clutter - the steps I suggest taking this week will not feel like much work, but they will be making things much easier for you down the road. We will round out the week by exploring all of the ways you may like to get help with your project, plus take an important step by actually choosing an item (or a few...) to let go of right away, and penciling in more clutter clearing time on your calendar.
WEEK 2: DIGGING DEEPER
In our second week in class, we will delve into some of the deeper emotional issues that can really stall out the clutter clearing process, and make us feel overwhelmed. Our main focus this week will be handling photographs, memorabilia, and other memory and emotion-laden items. We will support one another as we mindfully decide what to keep and what to let go of, and release ourselves from feeling guilty about items we may not be quite ready to let go of yet.
WEEK 3: GETTING ORGANIZED
To finish out the class, we will create storage maps and learn loads of organizing tips and tricks to make the best possible use of your space. Topics covered this week include archival storage, choosing storage containers, how to keep up your motivation once class is over (!), celebrating our accomplishments, and embracing imperfection in the age of Pinterest.
questions and answers
Q: Do I need to ‘show up’ online at a certain time each day?
A: No. While you can expect new lessons to land in your inbox each weekday, this course is self-paced, so you get to decide when you would like to read the lessons, listen to the podcasts, and so on.
Q: What do I need?
A: Access to a computer, and an email account are the only things you really need. If you would like to participate in the private Mindful Clutter Clearing Facebook group, you will also need a Facebook account, but this is optional. The Facebook group will be our online gathering space where you can connect with other students, but if you prefer not to join, you can always respond to your lesson emails - these go directly to me, and I am always happy to respond!
Q: What if I don't have time to clean out my storage space during the 3 weeks of class? That seems so short!
A: It's absolutely fine if you don't have the time to clean out your storage area during the 3 weeks of class, but it would help if you can devote a day at some point during the course to doing some deep clutter clearing work. If you can manage to do some of the preparatory exercises and create your clutter clearing plan during our time together, you will be in good shape to follow through after the class ends. And if you choose to join the private Facebook group, you can use that space after our course ends to get support and feedback as well.
Q: What will I get out of this course?
A: As much as you are willing to put in! If you show up with your whole heart and mind open, try some of the workbook activities, and generally give it your all, what you can get out of this course is a cleaner, clearer space in your home, and the tools needed to keep your space clutter-free long after the course ends.
Q: How much time should I plan to invest each week?
A: An hour or two each week should be enough time to read through the lessons, interact with classmates in the Facebook group (if you wish), and dip into the course workbook or get started with some of the clutter clearing activities. If you have a very large clutter clearing project, and hope to be able to finish it during our 3 week session, plan to block out several larger chunks to time to devote to clutter clearing.
Q: How will the Facebook group work? What if I’m feeling a little shy about posting?
A: The Mindful Clutter Clearing Facebook group is a private group only for the members of Mindful Clutter Clearing e-courses. Once you are registered for the course, you will be given a link to our private Facebook group, where you can request access to the group (I must approve and add members manually, so please allow a day or two for your request to go through). I personally monitor the group to ensure that it is a safe, welcoming, and encouraging space for all. This can be a lovely space to connect with others who are working on the same issues, share photos or thoughts, and ask questions. Of course, you don’t have to post in the group if you don’t want to — being a fly on the wall can be enlightening, too! And perhaps after a week of observing, you will feel comfortable enough to dive in.
Q: The course fees are listed in dollars — do you accept payment in other currencies?
A: Yes! Students from around the world are welcome. Your currency will automatically be converted when you pay.