In 2016 I posted an article titled "Moving Day" and I reminded myself and others that moving is a drag, but can also be an opportunity to do some much needed clutter cleaning (as well a new lease on life's personal and professional purposes). It recently happened again to me and what I discovered is this . . .you can't fit 5,000 sq. feet of "stuff" into 2,500 sq. feet! I began to really look at objects with the popular outlook of do you really love it, need it, have a space for it, and does it bring joy to your life?
I have tubs and tubs of teacher materials, but I don't work in the classroom anymore.
Should I keep it? No. (But I can ask other professionals if they could use them)
I have wonderful trinkets, yearbooks, and school wear (from schools I do not work at anymore). Should I keep it? No. (But I can take a digital picture of the item and offer my teacher colleagues my trinkets for free)
Take the opportunity to look at your stuff and see if you can digitize the contents or give away that which you no longer need. I promise it will bring much joy and relief and isn't that what every teacher needs and deserves?
Alison Thetford, M.Ed