Whether you are teaching at home, in your classroom, or do both, this is the time of year that new things will likely pop up in all your spaces. You may start taking out decor, or accepting little gifts from friends and family, and maybe colleagues and students. Gifts are a kind gesture and appreciating them is essential. The holidays likely means getting old old stuff out AND accumulating new stuff.
In this past week's #EdCoachCB Twitter chat, we talked about here adding a few things in our spaces, and how we can manage the old with the new. Here are a few highlights from our chat. Perhaps you will draw some inspiration for managing this.
Q2: How do you make space for new things?
"A2: This year, I put away all the "usual" things around the house and put up holiday things. When I switch back, I'll put more effort into determining what is adding value and what is just "stuff." (I am known to do sweeps of the house and toss unnecessary stuff."
Lisa F said:
A2: in the past I would add these new things to my collection of stuff (unless replacing)... this year I'm going to try to start a new tradition - in with new means out with something old (feeling really good of my movement toward minimalism)"
Q3: What is one thing you can you can part with to make space for a new thing?
"A3: I am determined to clean out my closet to make more room for other things...I work from home. I don't need all the clothes."
"A3: [Daughter] has a not-so subtle way of helping me figure that out. I swear she could have her own show."
(Assistants are always helpful!)
Q4 What are you planning to do over the break to ensure you keep a sense of organization?
Jen O said:
"A4: A break is when I manage to reestablish a sense of organization! There are some piles that have grown throughout the fall that I’ll finally sort through and it will restore some crucial space for me."
This chat was a good one for this time of year. Let's keep the vision of managing our spaces while we have a little time to do so.
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