New School Year Cleanout Day 1: Follow the 4 Ts
Welcome, and thanks for signing up for the New School Year Cleanout! First tip: Take inventory of what you have and follow the rules of 4 Ts:
1. Turn it into something new:
- Old notebooks can be made new again by cutting out the used pages and slapping a "Hello, My Name Is” sticker on the cover.
- Random pencils can be put in mugs next to the phone (along with an old notebook!) for “while you were out” messages.
- Last year’s backpack can be washed, patched, tie-dyed, buttoned, bedazzled – you name it!
2. Treasure it:
- If it’s artwork or work your child did that you don’t want to throw away, file it in a sturdy bin for the basement, attic or storage shelf.
3. Turn it over to someone new:
- If you’ve got any new or like-new supplies from last year that you know you won’t use this year, offer them to a friend or neighbor, donate to a local daycare or shelter, or see if your kid’s school can use them.
4. Toss what’s no longer usable!
- If you’re never going to use it and it can’t be donated or passed on, toss it in the trash or recycling bin.
What is YOUR school supply inventory like? Tell us what you’ve got, and how you can use the 4 T’s to cut down on your stash in the replies below! Bonus points for photos!