Greetings from Mindful Clutter Clearing e-course!
The Mindful Clutter Clearing e-course is a four-week online journey to a more spacious, peaceful, and intentional home. Timed to take advantage of that new year momentum (class starts January 15), so you can jumpstart your whole-house decluttering effort with a month of lessons, inspiring podcasts, guest interviews, journaling prompts, and take-action homework assignments. Think of this course as your personal guide, walking you through simple steps that add up to great changes in your home and life.
In this course, we will move beyond the surface issues to delve into the deeper emotional reasons behind the clutter in our homes and lives. It is not always easy, but with the help of a supportive group of peers (and me, your teacher!) together we can face the guilt clutter, nostalgic clutter, just-in-case clutter, and plain old junk that has been holding you back, and come out on the other side with a more beautiful, spacious, and meaningful home, and a full arsenal of tools that will help you maintain your clutter-free space moving forward.
Along with the class, you will receive a printable PDF course workbook and journal; lifetime membership in the private Mindful Clutter Clearing Facebook group; and a downloadable e-book packed with all of the lessons and assignments covered in class. The course is posted in "real time", meaning the lessons and podcasts will be tailored to our group, and I will be available to answer questions throughout the course.
Laura: I suppose it all really started in 2009, when I left my career as a teacher in a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool to travel across the country with my husband, and bought a little yellow cottage in Providence, Rhode Island. That took a lot of courage! I decided to use the move as an opportunity to make a change in my life and follow my creative passions, so I signed up for the Interior Design certificate program at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). While in design school, I started a blog, had a baby, and began writing occasionally for Houzz, which was in its early days. I went from working as a teacher to working as a freelance design writer, which allowed me the flexibility to work from home with my wee one, putter in our garden and tend to our small flock of urban chickens.
As I continued to write more for Houzz, I noticed that the pieces resonating the most deeply with readers had to do with clutter clearing - specifically, the emotional side of clutter clearing. Why is getting rid of clutter so hard? Why do we hold onto the things we do? What habits contribute to clutter, and how can we change them? How can we curate our own life stories by making intentional decisions about what to keep and what to give away?
Stories began pouring in from readers of all ages (as well as friends, neighbors, and relatives) about their personal struggles with clutter, and how they felt someone finally "got" the emotional side of clutter clearing and the home. The germ of an idea for my Mindful Clutter Clearing e-course was formed when I realized so many of these readers and friends were craving more help than an article or book could give them. I began to envision an online course that could offer a sort of combination of life coach-style support with decluttering expertise, and was also more affordable than one-on-one in person help, which so many of us would love, but simply cannot afford.
Flash forward six years, and we headed west once again. We sold our cottage in New England, and moved back to my hometown of Alameda, California, an island in the San Francisco Bay. Moving is such a huge life upheaval, but I also feel energized and inspired by it: after this move, I found the courage to finally launch the course I had been nurturing inside for all of these years. Now, with my first e-course session starting January 15, I've come full circle in a way, and I am incredibly excited to be teaching again in a new medium.
This weekend, Mindful Clutter Clearing e-course is generously offering the following gift to THREE lucky SouleMama readers:
To enter today's giveaway, leave a comment below (one entry per person, please). Comments will close by 10 am EST on Sunday. Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced in this post shortly after. Comments closed! The winners are...
Yes! I could definitely use a new plan to declutter. Thank you for this chance to join your class.
Posted by: Anna Swanson
That time of year again. Time for permanent change this year??? I hope so!
Posted by: Sue
Amazing! Yes please!
Posted by: H