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Wed, 07/22/2015 - 10:21am By: Kathleen Fellinger
Have you cleaned out your kid’s backpack yet? How about that pile of school stuff that came home? Is that still sitting at your front door? This year, I swore to tackle it on the last day of school. Backpacks spilling over with construction paper, duotangs, notebooks and journals. I have a secret...don’t tell anyone but I am a hoarder. Not in my everyday activities and life, but with my kids’ school projects and crafts. I just can’t seem to throw any of it away. Usually, I tend to be an extreme minimalist - I like clean, simple, functional design. In fact, I hate clutter and piles of stuff sitting around. I shred it, purge it, recycle it, donate it or sell it. But when it comes to my kids’ artwork, crafts and projects that come home from school or camps--I keep everything. I don’t know when to let it go and it’s becoming a problem. Let’s face it - we can’t keep it all. So here are some tips that I have been researching to help parents that might be feeling the same way.
No matter what you decide to do, make sure you go through your kids’ supplies and try to use anything you can for the next school year. My kids aren’t very hard on stuff like pencil sharpeners, rulers, binders or calculators, so I try and use those again instead of buying new ones every year. It will help you save money for back to school, which hopefully won’t be here for awhile.
Do you have any ideas on how to recycle or reuse kids’ projects? We would love to share it here. Email me at editorial at kinderbuzz dot com.
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