That is my goal-just one box and binder for each month. I have spent the past few weeks going through 20 years of teaching materials. I have so many files that I bought filing cabinets for my house to store them.
So I have been taking a drawer a day and going through all the files and deciding what I should keep.
I can honestly say that most of the contents in these files are being recycled. They contained copies of Totline song lyrics and tear-outs from the Mailbox magazines and books of worksheets, as well as, many duplicate copies of the same worksheet. Lots of packets of ideas with rusty staples. I am keeping maybe 1 or 2 things from each file. I am donating most of the older teaching books I have purchased and not looking back.
So now I am keeping monthly binders with plastic sleeves for the papers I actually use and a monthly box for the centers I use each week.
Why get rid of all my teaching materials? I can find better things and ideas to use from blogs, Pinterest, making it digitally, or at Teachers Pay Teachers. I can organize all these ideas and materials digitally. Most of the things I have been holding on to are not things that I would use in my classroom ever again. I think the Common Core standards have given me a clear focus, my school district pacing guide provides me with a time frame and having a new reading series has helped, too. All of these have given me the confidence to let go of these materials and keep just what is needed.
It has made me realize that I have spent a lot of money on things that I really did not need. I don't plan on visiting the Dollar Tree anymore and I plan to stay away from the dollar area at Target. Oh, the temptations-somebody hold me back! I do not need any seasonal boxes or cute decorations to use as game pieces that can be used just for that holiday.
Anyone else downsizing their "stuff"?