Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I March 04, 2023
General English, Speaking Lessons
Home, Needs
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Students engaged in a lesson discussing decluttering and hoarding habits, with a video on spring cleaning and decluttering at home as part of the American English lesson.

Lesson Overview

Less is more! In this lesson, students will discuss decluttering and their hoarding habits. This lesson features a video about spring cleaning and decluttering at home. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will listen to a discussion in a video about decluttering and spring cleaning, enhancing their understanding of strategies for organizing and minimizing possessions.

  • Speaking: They will discuss their own experiences with decluttering and managing hoarding habits, sharing personal strategies and challenges faced during the process.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to decluttering, such as "clutter," "declutter," "donate," "recycle," and "minimize," expanding students' ability to talk about cleaning and organizing spaces.

  • Homework: Tasks include writing correct words based on descriptions, matching descriptions with people, and choosing the correct answer for multiple-choice questions to reinforce the vocabulary and concepts learned​​​​.


Are you a hoarder? Do you enjoy spring cleaning? Watch this video to learn about some tips for decluttering your home.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

less is more [idiom]: used to express the view that a smaller quantity could be of higher quality
declutter [verb]: remove unnecessary items from (an untidy or overcrowded place)
hoarder [noun]: a person who collects, saves, and keeps many things
compulsive hoarding [noun]: where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner, usually resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter
clutter [noun]: a collection of things lying about in an untidy state
junk mail [noun]: unwanted or unsolicited advertising or promotional material received through the post or sent as email
expired [adjective]: having passed its expiration date; no longer good for consumption
cosmetics [noun]: make-up or beauty products
junk drawer [noun]: a drawer designated for the storage of various miscellaneous, small, occasionally useful items of little value
modern [adjective]: relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past; contemporary or current
old-fashioned [adjective]: in or according to styles or types no longer current; not modern
minimalist [noun]: a person who strives to only use things that they really need and serve a purpose
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