New Year… New plans right? Clean out, get rid of, start fresh. That’s what it’s all about right? I’m about ¾ of the way through The Clutter Diet and oh boy am I getting into shape. Lorie Marrero suggests using motivation to help toss the stuff we don’t need anymore.
Honestly I don’t really need motivation for most things. I don’t have emotional attachments to the items around me…. usually. There is one spot in the house though that has become over run with clutter. The kids’ bookshelf. Ick. Piles and piles of books that are going unread because they can’t find the one they want anyway. The worst part is that this clingy need to hold on to these treasures is me… not them.When my sister, Penny, and I taught preschool. (We had a home family child care for 8 years). We acquired books… lots of books. As we closed the doors, both in our last trimester with our first babies, we sat on the floor dividing the books. I vividly remember that day, talking about how it would be so much fun to read our favorite books to our own kids. Deciding who got which book (which didn’t matter anyway because we’ve borrowed, traded and shared for the past 6 years).
I look at these books and for some reason I have the hardest time admitting that they don’t work for us anymore. M and M are more interested in chapter books lately. We go to the library a lot, so there is always a stack of new books. And most of the books that I can’t bear to part with M and M never really loved anyway. They were my favorites, not their favorites. So for this area, I needed motivation.
I found it. Big M attends a brand new school… with a very small library. I love the idea of helping them build up this important center and the idea that I can borrow them whenever I want!
That’s not all of course!
You motivate me all the time (you being my amomwithalessonplan friends.) As I was packing up the books I came across two of my all time favorites. Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement, and My Friend Bear by Jez Alborough. What better way to give these wonderful stories new life then to put them into your hands?!?!?
So here is what I am going to do. On Sunday February 5, I will pick 2 of my email subscribers. Both of those 2 “winners” will receive one of these adored (lovingly used) books along with an activity I have prepared to accompany the story.
Over the next two days I will review each of the books (and tell you why I am having such a hard time parting with them) and share the how to for both activities.
All you have to do is make sure that you have signed up as an email subscriber.
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Once you have done that you will receive an email asking you to verify your request. (Make sure you do this to complete the process!) If you are already an email subscriber… THANK YOU… and you are automatically entered to win!
What is the hardest area for you to “clean out?”