Letting Go of Possessions - Part of the Decluttering Process
© Beverley Paine
I wish I had the guts to let go of the need to keep everything so pristine perfect when I was younger and began enjoying a lot of my precious stored stuff so much earlier...
A friend recently commented on the joy of bringing out of storage much loved items - like photographs or gifts - and how all too often when left in constant view the magic of these items disappears into the background and eventually we fail to notice them. Storing can bring back that special feeling we first experienced with the item. This is true, too. From a homeschooling perspective I found it extremely useful to 'rotate' toys, books and learning materials, even art and craft materials. When the stored items are brought out on display they usually sparked a great deal of creativity and imaginative play. There is something powerful about 'novelty'; that awakening of the senses to experience with freshness old treasures!
See also Beverley's othe article on decluttering: How I Got Rid of the Mess in my Life as well as Do you really need that awesome educational resource in your homeschool?
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