The Science Of Tidying Up To Boost Your Productivity
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Follow the real-life case studies and work alongside on your own project with the help of a productivity expert.
4.7 (3 ratings)
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What Will I Learn?
  • Get rid of the clutter forever
  • Surround yourself only by things you absolutely love and let go of the rest
  • Arrange your belongings in a visual way so you always know where they are
  • Set min/max limits for how much you own so you never overspend again
  • Make the daily tidy-up ritual a breeze
  • Be able to pack, if needed, in a matter of minutes
  • Take better care of what you own, keeping them neat and tidy
  • Develop good organizational habits that will last a lifetime
  • Feel less stressed and more focused
  • Spend the time used for tidying-up on things that make you happy
  • Gain a great sense of personal accomplishment and of control of your life as you control your environment
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  • An open mind and a readiness to learn new ways of thinking are both recommended
  • No prior knowledge is required

This course will teach you  simple yet powerful techniques to permanently remove the clutter in your life and home, so that you feel less stressed, happier, and have more time and energy for the things that matter to you.

The truth is we don’t need a better way to cram more stuff in less space; that’s just insane. The secret is to understand what you truly need and love to have or keep, then to develop a way of maintaining your environment the way you like it, without effort and stress, and without wasting precious time.

In this course from the Lean manufacturing and productivity expert Gabriela Drescher, you will learn how to take control and enjoy your life by learning skills and tools to get rid of the inessential, and by organizing your surroundings in a way that pleases you, without compromise, and without past baggage or anxiety about the future.

This is a course of personal transformation, of working smarter, not harder, and of freeing up time to pursue what you love, instead of being the victim of the circumstances.

For the last 12 years, your instructor Gabriela Drescher has developed a series of techniques to get rid of the clutter permanently, and in the process she experienced an amazing personal transformation. As a chrysalis turns into a butterfly, she’s turned from a middle-age stressed-out engineer in the lean manufacturing field  into an online entrepreneur, science-fiction writer, avid learner, and hopefully soon, a piano player.

This course is not strictly about clean-up, or tidying up. It is about finding the real you behind your belongings. It’s also about traveling light and purposeful through life, about letting go, and about self- discipline.

The course starts out by familiarizing you with the principles of proper organization, adopted from the Lean philosophy. Lean stands for achieving anything with less effort, less resources, less time, and less cost.

Armed with these principles and way of thinking, the course dives into the actual tidying-up methodology, offering the road-map of the transformation of your environment into a sustainable, organized one, by presenting a case study from start to finish. A picture is worth a thousand words, thus the course has a lot of visuals to help you apply right away the newly found knowledge.

The style of the course is not show-and-tell, but rather hands-on, following the principles of learning by doing. So the recommendation is to take a section at a time and follow through with your own work. By the end of the course, you should be able to have completed at least one project, thus you’ll be ready to expand to all the other projects or areas of your life, whether at home or work.

Remember, the end result: tidying up is the wind beneath your wings, and not boring cleanup time.

With that said, this course is constantly updated and improved based on your precious feedback, so what are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves and let's start!

Who is the target audience?
  • People who want to use their time wiser and on things that make them happy instead of dealing with the clutter
  • People who are determined to stop the repetitive tasks of tidying up and are looking for a permanent, sustainable solution
  • People who are looking for a working solution to stop spending their weekends tidying up their home
  • People who wish to learn skills and tools to get rid of inessential
  • People who want to take control of their belongings
  • People who want to stop spending money on things they don't really love, by seeing exactly how much they have
  • People who want to invest in personal development
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
4 Lectures 16:29

In this lecture you'll find out about what is going to happen throughout the course. Basically the purpose of this course is to help you master the techniques of tidying up so that you can have an organized environment where you can focus on what's important and also to save you time so that you can pursue your goals. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and work alongside your instructor on your own project. This is the best way to learn, by doing.

Preview 04:31

Finally, the long-awaited moment, where the ROCKS principles of the science of tidying up are revealed. By now you are fully prepared to start your project. It is time you find out the steps you need to take to start your project.

Preview 04:17

In this lecture you'll find out why its crucial that the steps are performed in a specific order, and why the ROCKS method is the only way one can actually tidy up without having to go back and do it all over again.

Preview 05:05

In this lecture you'll learn a bit about your instructor and how this course came into existence. The story is meant to inspire you to follow your dreams too.

Preview 02:36

Quiz 1
2 questions
Set Your Goal
3 Lectures 08:17

This lecture sets the stage for the project, with an example of how your life might be currently, busy and hectic, and showing how it could potentially be, if only you would know how to use time more wisely

The Quest For Time

Without a goal, why bother do anything? Without an audacious goal, why go through the pain of learning how to tidy up? But start dreaming big, and all of a sudden time becomes a precious commodity, to be used in pursuit of your dream. The lecture helps you do a soul search and set your goals.

Preview 03:39

The creator of the KonMari method, Marie Kondo's book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" was bought by millions of people. With no pictures, the message was still very inspiring, and it brought magic to the science of tidying up. Find out here how the course blends the science and the magic together.

Preview 01:30
Starting The Project
3 Lectures 11:29

In this lecture your instructor will describe the project she'll showcase for your benefit, and why she chose this particular project. Also she'll set the stage for the workshop, so that you can start thinking of your own project.

Introducing The Showcase Project

This lecture will present briefly the differences and similarities between various projects, so that it would be easier for you to choose your own project, and its magnitude., based on how much time you'd like to allocate to it. 

Choosing Your Own Pilot Project

This is a list with projects you can work on, and it's based on various categories of belongings. You'll have to go through them all, in the end, if you want your whole home to be organized and under control.

Project Options
Perform the 1st Step of Tidying Up: Remove
6 Lectures 25:34

This is the first step and principle of tidying up: removing everything that is not necessary or wanted anymore. you'll find out here what it entails.

What "Remove" Means

This lecture explains in great detail why this first step is a must. 

Why Remove First

Learn here exactly how it's being done. Without this crucial knowledge you might set yourself up for failure. Become a sorting/removal fanatic.

How We Remove The Unneeded

This is a video showing the actual removing step as it is performed by your instructor. It is a reenactment of an actual project.

Showcase The Remove Step

You can print out this paper and keep it with you as you work on your project as a reminder of what you need to do.

To Do List For Sorting Out and Removing

This lecture is an encoragement for you to start now and perform the first step in your project.

Your Turn To Remove
Perform the 2nd Step of Tidying Up: Organize
6 Lectures 19:42

This is the second step and principle of tidying up: organizing what you have in a way that is visual and triggers the need to buy more or stop buying. Also we organize in a way that makes it very easy to sustain over time.

What "Organize" Means

This lecture explains in great detail why this second step is a must.

Why Organize

Find out exactly how the organizing is being done for maximum benefit.

How We Organize Our Belongings

This is a video showing the actual organizing step as it is performed by your instructor. It is a reenactment of an actual project.

Showcase the Organize Step

You can print out this paper and keep it with you as you work on your project as a reminder of what you need to do.

To Do List For Organize

This lecture is an encouragement for you to start now and perform the second step in your project.

Your Turn To Organize
Perform the 3rd Step of Tidying Up: Clean
3 Lectures 10:46

This is the third step and principle of tidying up: cleaning regularly your environment, with a strong component of maintenance and finding ways of eliminating causes of clutter. Find out here what it entails.

What "Clean" Means

This lecture explains in great detail why this third step is a must.

Why We Clean"

Learn here exactly how it's being done. Cleaning is inspection, and it involves sanitization and restoring the order..

How We Clean
Perform the 4th Step of Tidying Up: Keep
3 Lectures 08:57

In this lecture you'll find out about the fourth step and principle of tidying up: keeping the condition or status of what you organized. It can only happen if we develop a habit of doing it over and over.

Developing a Habit

In this lecture you'll discover that self-discipline is a form of freedom; freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness, and fear, and doubt.

The Self-Discipline Concept

Learn here that as you practice your new routines, developing new habits, and institute self-discipline you get closer to your goals. Remember them here and enjoy the knowledge that you are much closer to them than when you first started.

So Much Closer To Your Goals
Perform the 5th Step of Tidying Up: Second Nature
3 Lectures 07:13

In this lecture you'll find out about the fifth step and principle of tidying up: second nature, a habit in someone that appears to be instinctive, different than the auto-pilot concept, and how that benefits you on your journey of becoming more productive. 

Autopilot Vs. Second-Nature

In this lecture you'll reflect on your progress and the awesome things you accomplished during this course, knowledge that you can now use for your future activities. Think about how you planned, sorted, removed, organized, took control of your spending and about how you started to work on adopting good habits. 

Assessing Your Progress

This is the end of the course and it's time you decide on the next steps to continue with the organizing your home, and thus to create an environment where you can focus, and have time to work on the larger dreams of your life. Tidying up is the wings beneath your wings.

The Never-Ending Journey
About the Instructor
Ms. Gabriela Drescher
4.7 Average rating
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9 Students
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Lean Manufacturing & Productivity Specialist

Hi, my name is Gabriela Drescher, I’m a Lean manufacturing and productivity specialist, an online trainer, a life hacker, a science-fiction writer, and an avid learner. I’ve always been interested in saving time so I could learn and do new things. It’s no surprise that even my engineering career has been centred on waste elimination. You see, Lean is about producing value without wasting time, resources, effort, and money.

I was born in Sibiu, the former capital of Transylvania, a Romanian city. I was raised amongst the old city with the defence walls, the impressive cathedrals and world renowned Brukenthal Palace, and the comprehensive Astra library. Being raised in that rich cultural environment helped me understand what was lasting and beautiful and what transient and kitsch, what was important and what trivial.

My passion of finding easier ways of doing things started early in my childhood.  Mom asked that I helped around the house, but all I wanted was to read books, so I would come up with all kinds of solutions to finish my chores sooner, when I couldn’t avoid doing them altogether.

A few years after completing my engineering degree, I ended up working as a scientific researcher in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, but still felt that I could do more.

I looked at how my life was organized, and tried to clear my mind and focus on my goals. At  last I succeeded to move to Canada and start over my engineering career. I’ve worked for a number of companies, and made Lean manufacturing my specialty, my passion of working smarter not harder.

Three decades after getting my engineering degree, I can say that eliminating the non-essential and organizing my surroundings has helped clear out my mind and enabled me to focus on taking a big leap and moving abroad, create an online business, write a science-fiction book, and truly appreciate and enjoy my life and my family. 

I don't believe in actually saving time; I believe however that we have a choice: of walking through time with purpose, with a focused mind, with joy and alertness to what's meaningful and desirable to us, or confused and overwhelmed, distracted by excess clutter and with the feeling that we missed something but what?

The choice is ours alone and I made my choice. I’d love to share with you how you can make the right choice too.