As a mom with a loving heart, I have a daily struggle that I must battle with. Many, many things are created in this house a day, but we don’t have enough space to store or save them all. I have a slight case of OCD when it comes to things on the counters and not being put away. I NEED things to be neat and all have a place, and when my little hand me all sorts of things, I struggle with hat to keep and what to….well…not. This usually means some thing end of in the trash, and although this often breaks my loving mom heart, my brain screams “JUST DO IT! WE DON’T SPACE FOR ALL OF THIS STUFF!!” This doesn’t mean I get rid of everything, though. I have like 5 totes of art work saved in the garage from each kid from the moment they could hold a crayon. But my kids LOVE to draw, and draw A LOT. But art work isn’t the only thing I struggle with…here are my top ten things I feel incredibly guilty about throwing away, but still have to do anyways.
1. Graded papers from school.
2. An infinite number of Creeper drawings.
3. Left over dinner, that I spent 3 hours making that no one ate.
4. Little wilted flowers/weeds someone picked for me.
5. Leftover organic apple juice that cost $4 a bottle.
6. School fundraisers I don’t feel like partaking in.
7. Baby teeth (I always saved the first, but after that?? Sorry teeth.)
8. Shoes that got holes in them 3 days after wearing them.
9. “Precious” McDonalds toys that just need.to.go!
10. Creations made with rice, beans, keys and toilet paper rolls made at preschool (how does one save these things?!?)
Are you a thrower-awaer, a hoarder, or somewhere in between like me?? I love saving things, but if I saved all of it, we’d literally have no place to walk.
Speaking of kid’s art, looking for a simple way to organize the art work you do save? Check out my method here.