Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

I bet all of the sorting will lead to some great stories and conversations with your kids. We're finding that even sorting through baby stuff from 6 years ago brings up a whole bunch of details we'd forgotten.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That's the best part about it, mouse--the stories that come out! And I think this has been a wonderful gift for my husband--to be able to share some of these stories with out kids.

I recently sorted some old clothes with T. and I was amazed by how many memories I was able to share with her--memories from only a few years ago!


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

My mom helped me narrow down my collection of stuff slowly over several visits to their house. I have two tubs left of stuff. Stuff that would mean much to anyone else, but stuff that makes me happy to go through. Exactly what you described here. My Garbage Pail Kids cards. Snap beads. My sticker book (which my B has taken for her own). And a few other important things like that. Some day someone will go through it and wonder what the heck I saved all of that for!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think that's the key--when you feel that happiness inside as you sort through your old things--that's what counts the most.