Bye bye, summer, hello homework station

We have very limited space around the house, and the child has an amazing ability to expand her homework, drawing, playing, legos, etc. like one of those sponges you drop into the tub as a capsule before it turns into an enormous…is it a hippo?  Maybe it’s a cougar?  Whatever it is, if you magnified the effect tenfold you’d be approaching the effect.

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Take everything out. Be grateful that you’re done with the cabbage pH experiment, recycle, save folders, replace. Even Poppy approves.

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Space. The final frontier!

To say goodbye to her last grade and hello to the next, I emptied Ms. A’s homework station, photographed the stuff we wanted to remember and tossed it along with all the detritus of phone lists and science experiments.  I also photographed all of her little art projects, which were brought home in one gigantic portfolio.  It’s difficult to say goodbye to the physical items, but we find that with a few very well chosen exceptions, it’s more convenient to view the treasures online as digital photos then to have them laying around for years becoming faded and dusty.

As a bonus, the dining table looks like a place where people sit to dine!

Revisiting the Past

trophymanJust before our child was born, we converted our garage into an office and shoved all that remained in the garage into a shed during the conversion.  Much was thrown away, but much remained.

Unearthing our childhoods was both painful and revealing, with a little pinch of hilarious nostalgia.  But if clutter represents indecision, and I think it does, we have been indecisive about some interesting things in our lives.

I love this tiny man-statue from a spelling bee.  It was a big deal when I was kid.  I dressed up and wore my favorite gaucho pants!  I loved the denim notebook I had very carefully logoed with Ramones, Kiss and the like.  (I photographed it and then tossed it.  There’s love, and there’s insanity, and the wisdom to know the difference when deciding to keep stuff).  I photographed other trophies and the like, then got rid of them. Continue reading