Today was the first real day of preschool for my children. I say “real” because Jonas had a graduated start, and today was the first day he has gone for the full time. I can’t believe that every Tuesday and Thursday morning I will have 3 hours to myself!
We’ve had a good start to the year. Although Linnea took about 2 days to get used to the new routine, now she says, “It was my favorite day!” every day when she gets picked up. Jonas was tentative at first, but, much to my surprise, he hasn’t cried at all. In fact, his teacher told me that he seemed really perplexed as to why some of his classmates were upset last week.
So how is this related to getting organized? Well, I developed a new system for handling art projects. I found over the last two years that, between preschool, Sunday school, and things we do at home, we are inundated with crafts and end up with tremendous amounts of art clutter It’s cute to see what they’ve worked on, but let’s face it: only a few are worth keeping . So each child gets to choose 1-2 pieces to display on the mantle. They both have a bin in their bedrooms that they can use to store their masterpieces, but when it gets full, they have to start getting rid of things to make room. I told them that I’d be happy to take a photo if they want to remember what their art looked like. And of course, I’ll put away some items for their memory boxes.
So far, it’s working pretty well. (Although Linnea–after seeing me set aside household items to give away–got it into her head that her works of art are suitable for donation.) I feel much less stressed without the clutter, and it’s fun and surprising to see what they choose to keep.