Why I Toss Most of My Son’s School Work at the end of the School Year
Hi friends, I’m smack dab in the middle of preparing for our church Vacation Bible School program that starts next week. I will once again be playing a part in the daily skits and have a lot of lines to learn. Yikes!
With all the busyness going on with the last few weeks of school in June and now VBS, I haven’t been doing a lot of organizing. I have however been donating and throwing things out like crazy. Gosh so much stuff comes home with the kids at the end of the year, especially with my youngest who just finished Grade 1. These are the cute years where every little paper and art project is just precious and lovely. I try really hard not to get sucked in by it all. Most of what comes home gets tossed because I’m emotionally dead. Hahaha….just kidding….about the emotionally dead part that is….not about the tossing of the sentimental stuff.
Here’s how I look at it. The more I decide to keep, the more I have to find a home for. And since I have limited space that pretty much makes the decision for me right there. Of course I could keep it and have it pile up and up and up and then start dreaming about a bigger home to house all this stuff that I insist is more important than all the $$ it would cost me for a new home. BUT that all sounds like way too much work to me. I’m much too lazy and well I really am quite content in my home (which is 1000 square feet smaller than my last home and the exact reason why I love this one so much better). I think in the long run I’d rather just make this home work for me. So that means less room for stuff and I’m okay with that. I kept my son’s journal and his one scrapbook of art. Plus of course all his report cards and a few pieces that were important to him but that’s pretty much it. Each of the kids have one tote in their closet for the larger pieces and a memory binder sorted by year for all the rest. I just recently converted my older two kids from the memory binder system to a memory file box and will blog about that soon and why I decided to change it out. For more information about school paper/art work organization, feel free to check out these older posts of mine:
Do you find it hard or easy to part with your child’s school work?
And just to prove that I’ve been a purging machine, here’s a look at the purging I’ve done since I last shared my purging progress earlier this year. This doesn’t include all the stuff we got rid of when we cleaned out the garage and another load we dropped off for the church garage sale.
Ahh it feels sooo good to purge! Don’t overthink it. Just do it!! Seriously that feeling just never gets old. Go collect a bag full of goodies right now and feel the high! Believe me, you won’t be able to stop at just one bag :) Come back and tell me what you are saying goodbye to.
I have an exciting new summer series to tell you about later this week (maybe even tomorrow) involving some of my online Professional Organizer friends. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. Watch for that soon!
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Hope you are having a great day!