⁣Lesson Plan: Decluttering and Organizing - Simplify Your Space

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⁣Lesson Plan: Decluttering and Organizing - Simplify Your Space

Grade Level: 6-8

Subject: Home Economics/Life Skills

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

- Students will understand the importance of decluttering and organizing their living spaces.
- Students will learn strategies for decluttering and organizing various items.
- Students will practice decision-making skills and develop a plan for decluttering at least 10 items from their own spaces.

- Chart paper or whiteboard
- Writing materials (paper, journals, etc.)
- Optional: Before and after pictures of decluttered spaces, decluttering guides or checklists


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the concept of decluttering and its benefits, such as creating a more organized and stress-free living environment.
- Show before and after pictures of decluttered spaces to visually demonstrate the impact of decluttering.

2. Group Discussion (10 minutes):
- Write the question "Why is decluttering important?" on the chart paper or whiteboard.
- Encourage students to share their thoughts and reasons for why decluttering is important, discussing both physical and mental benefits.

3. Decluttering Strategies (15 minutes):
- Introduce various decluttering strategies, such as the KonMari method, categorization, and the "one in, one out" rule.
- Discuss how to determine which items to keep, donate, or discard, considering factors like usefulness, sentimental value, and frequency of use.

4. Collaborative Activity (20 minutes):
- Divide students into small groups or pairs.
- Instruct students to choose a specific category of items (e.g., clothes, books, toys) and create a decluttering plan for that category.
- Encourage students to brainstorm and share ideas within their groups, building on each other's suggestions.

5. Individual Decluttering Plan (10 minutes):
- Instruct each student to choose at least 10 items from their own living space to declutter.
- Provide students with a decluttering guide or checklist to help them stay organized and focused during the process.
- Allow students to write down their plan, including which items they will declutter, how they will dispose of them, and a timeline for completion.

6. Sharing and Reflection (5 minutes):
- Allow students to share their decluttering plans with a partner or in small groups.
- Facilitate a brief discussion, asking students to reflect on the challenges and benefits of decluttering.

7. Conclusion (5 minutes):
- Summarize the main ideas discussed during the lesson, emphasizing the importance of decluttering and organizing for a more simplified and efficient living space.
- Encourage students to implement their decluttering plans and share their progress with their peers.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

This is the most extreme decluttering I have ever done! I completed the 30 Day Minimalism Challenge — which means on day 1, I decluttered one item, then on day 2, I decluttered two items, and so on. Technically, I did the challenge for 31 days with some bonus items added in. By the end of the month, I had reached over 500 items that I was able to declutter from our home, and let me tell you... it felt amazing. ???This video is a collab with three other amazing women here on YouTube—please go check out their videos as well and see what all they accomplished!Sam Radecki: https://youtu.be/NXDkJ_HKWssValerie Santos: https://youtu.be/s3H7t7JpO9cJennifer G Family: https://youtu.be/lI6nivUse0AUPDATE: Fun & Budget with Tinesha Davis completed the challenge!! https://youtu.be/4K6ZlzaYr0g#declutter #extremedeclutter #minimalismchallengeThanks for watching!? LauraLet’s be friends! http://www.instagram.com/smallstuffbigfamily

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