The definition of a packrat is someone who saves (or hoards!) unnecessary things. So what exactly is unnecessary? Is something unnecessary if you haven’t used it in the past year? Perhaps. But what if…? Yep, it’s those dang what-ifs that grind my purging to a halt. If you also experience the what-ifs and are facing a massive end-of-the-school-year cleanup, I have two recommendations. First, check your library for a copy of Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! by Kelly DiPucchio. This outrageous tale is sure to make you feel oodles better about the task you’re facing. Secondly, give these three pre-purge questions a test drive.
1) When did I last use this item?
2) Do I really need or want to keep this item?
3) How easily can I replace this item if I need it later?
On a scale from one to ten, with ten being “under control” how do you rate the progress of your end-of-school classroom cleanup?
Eager to hear from you,