Last updated on 22 April 2020.
All of us are aware of the benefits of a neat and uncluttered home. A UCLA study found that finding the time to sort and organize excess possessions can elicit “substantial stress” — which is something I’m sure we can relate to when returning to a house that’s crazy messy!
If you need a structured course to stay on top of organizing your home, Uncluttered is a 12-week online program that offers you guidance from one of the world’s top minimalism experts.
Joshua Becker is the founder of Becoming Minimalist. As you may know, his writing is frequently narrated here across various shows in the Optimal Living Daily network. Uncluttered was designed intentionally to help you live more through owning less. Freeing yourself from the burden of owning “too much stuff” allows you to live life to your fullest.
The online course includes interviews with thought leaders in minimalism (like Leo Babauta, Courtney Carver, and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists), accountability, and an easy-to-follow weekly video structure. There is a “course resources” section to access previous recordings, and a “family resources” section if you’re going through the program in a family setting.
Here are some of the highlights of the course.
1) Your Guide and Instructor is Joshua Becker
Have you ever signed up for a course that said you’d have access to the instructor via live Q&As, only to find out later that the Q&A portion was far too rushed? As a participant, you want to feel heard whenever you have questions or need help.
Joshua is personally involved in the course, and this shows throughout the video modules, live chats, and his availability to members of the Uncluttered Facebook group.
The Q&As go beyond brief, one line responses. For example, one of the questions asked by a member during the live QnA was on “having a hard time” with getting her kids to keep areas clutter free and to pick up after themselves. Joshua didn’t dismiss the kids as being lazy or undisciplined, and neither did he give a short response to quickly move on to the next question. He thoughtfully explained some habits that could help motivate the kids, and why those habits have been proven to give results.
2) The Course is Structured for You to Develop New Habits
The first 6 to 7 weeks of the course are devoted to Knowing Your Why for decluttering, before proceeding to unclutter your home in manageable steps. There’s even a week allocated to “Uncluttering For Your Family” for members who are going through the course with a partner or family members.
The second portion of the course focuses on how you can keep the positive momentum going by staying clutter-free. Going through the decluttering process for a few weeks is not going to last in the long-term if you slowly find your home getting disorganized again. This is why the module on maintaining healthy clutter-free habits is important, as it is your habits that will help you create a routine that minimizes clutter.
The units on experimenting with less get you to challenge yourself in the next step of your decluttering journey. There are a variety of ways to intentionally own less. Some members try out capsule wardrobes or go on a shopping ban. Others decide to limit the amount of time spent on television or social media.
The unit of the last module ends the course on a reflective, positive note that’s grounded in reality.
3) Accountability + Encouragement
It can get lonely when you embark on a personal journey. And staying organized might not exactly be on your mind at the end of a long, tiring work day.
The sense of connection and support from the Uncluttered Facebook group is a motivational way to stay accountable throughout the program. Members are encouraged to ask questions and/or post updates on their progress and self reflections. Posting the before and after pictures of your decluttering is a nice way to share the tangible results of your efforts with other people who are in the same boat.
The accountability and encouragement is part of the culture that Joshua has developed for Uncluttered.
A little bit more about Joshua Becker…
Justin and Lee have met Joshua in person. They can vouch for Joshua’s genuine interest in people — his sincerity and giving personality shine.
“You really feel that you’re being listened to,” says Justin. “Joshua’s a dynamic speaker, but he takes the time to digest what you say before asking anything else!”
Joshua Becker Quotes
These are quotes by Joshua Becker that have been featured on our podcast's Instagram.
- “Owning less is great, but wanting less is even better.”
- “Intentionally living with less results in a life of less debt, less stress, and less anxiety.”
- “Likely the hardest part of staging your home for living is finding the motivation to get started.”
- “Let’s stop trying to impress others with the things that we own. And start trying to inspire them by the lives that we live.”
- “The more energy you put in removing the excess, the easier it will be to find and develop habits to better manage the things you keep.”
Uncluttered is only offered four times each year. If you want to declutter your home this summer, now’s your chance! Registration is open now, but only for the next 10 days.
You’re a member for life once registered. If you want to do the course again as a refresher, you can! That’s a pretty sweet and generous offer. It also gives you the opportunity to help guide newer members in the Facebook community who may have the same struggles as you when you first started decluttering.
You can sign up for Uncluttered and use our link to contribute back to keep our podcasts running. It’s an affordable way to discover the life you dream about by purchasing and owning less, and give back to Joshua and our family of podcasts.