For someone like me, who is the anti-hoarder, I'm having a very difficult time clearing out some of the adorable crafts our children create.
I've always prided myself on my ability to clear out the clutter and to that end, purchased four bins (one for each of the children) that are intended to preserve those select items that are worthy to be saved. The trouble is: the tubs are now almost full and we're not even through second grade. Perhaps my definition of "select" needs to be tightened up a bit. Here's an example of a recent creation Henry brought home recently .... it's his little baby dinosaur that he created in preschool:
He loves this little figure that is comprised of two popsicle sticks, a wine cork, and googly eyes. It's SO CUTE! And unlike a large number of things that I don't think twice about tossing (when the kids are looking the other way of course), there's no way I could ever throw this dinosaur out. (Elizabeth's wild assortment of random cardboard boxes in another story altogether.) But should Henry's dinosaur break or be left outside, or chomped upon by the dog before it is deposited in the holy grail bin repository of childhood treasures, I feel good knowing that I at least have a picture of it.
Please note: If random photos of art projects start showing up on my blog - now you can better understand why. To illustrate:
This is a hinge that William affixed, all by himself, with tools! It was such a proud accomplishment. But, you know .... I'm not 100% sure there is room for it in the bin.