When one of my kids comes home from school with an (almost) life-size rocketship or World War II bunker (true story), then I am fairly keen to let it quietly disappear as soon as they’ve forgotten about it. ‘Cos what’s the alternative? Build another garage? Plus my youngest has a penchant for collecting recycling materials to build 4 of his own ‘Red Nose’ houses (another true story), or trash mountain, or whatever. I blame the school – he was on the eco-committee after all, and kept on wanting to plunge the house in darkness by turning off any ‘unnecessary’ lights and collect and keep every cereal box and mineral water bottle ever since he joined ;).
But when it comes to those gorgeous, handmade heart-melting mother’s day cards or notes you get from them, then it gets more tricky. Add to that the incredible Picasso-like painting or drawing they did that you’re convinced means they’re a child prodigy – what do you do then?!
Okay, so here’s a plan :
1. One box of artwork for each child that includes their greatest work and most precious items. But if it gets too full, something in it must go if you add another item.
2. Photograph or scan anything else that’s worth preserving a memento of, so you still have a record of it.
So have you done it? Have you taken the plunge? Awesome.
See you on Day #11 of the Declutter Challenge.