It is said that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.
It’s the same in our school room; 20% of the materials are used, 80% of the time. There are curriculum books I have held on to for a decade, they weren’t great for the first child and I doubt that the second time around they have gotten any better. I have a stack of mimeographed paper with primary lines for basic writing, the stack is still two inches think, we are never going to use it because I hate the purply-blue colored lines. And the Rose Art markers are horrible. I haven’t bought new pens, because these are still in excellent shape, but they remain in excellent shape because no one likes to use them.
80% of our school materials are never getting used. 20% of our supplies, curriculum, and books are used all the time and frequently get updated or replaced.
If I cleared out the 80%, what would I do with the extra space that opens up? Is there anything I have been longing for, but never felt we had the space to set up? Would there be anyone that would find the 80% rejects as a blessing?
I know 100% of the answer to this question is decluttering, yet 80% of the problem is that I have been procrastinating far too long.