When my children were small they had toys with many, many pieces, sporting equipment, school papers, and what felt like 8 billion socks I imagined that when they were grown my house would be organized and tidy.
As the parent of mostly grown children who move from campus to home to job to campus to … (you get the idea), my house has actually become more cluttered. It is the repository for the flotsam and jetsam with which said children are not ready to part, though they are on to the next stage/pursuit/residence. Textbooks, notebooks, dressers, beds, kitchenware, multitudes of t-shirts - items whose size and volume make Legos and Barbies pale in comparison.
I sigh with a crooked smile. It’s moderately stressful, but I remind myself that this too shall pass, and in the meantime I’ve resigned myself to living amidst a slightly eclectic clutter.
The bright side of this is that I can tidy my digital household and organize it to my heart’s delight.
My teacher resource Pinterest board has just undergone one of these cleanings. It’s so easy to make a general board and stick a wide variety of sites that fall into that category in one place. The problem with this is that when I go to locate a certain item, the plethora of pins makes locating anything a time-sucking endeavor.
So today I did a little housecleaning. I created boards targeting specific topics and scrolled through my original boards, moving pins as needed. I also deleted some pins that had expired links – no digital hoarding here.
This afternoon as I gaze across the kitchen and family room – coated with the detritus of a successful “big family” Fourth of July weekend – I can bask in the knowledge that I’ve cleaned my Pinterest house and it’s ready for visitors.
Feel free to visit my newly tidied teacher resource Pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.com/booksbytesblog/
As a teacher librarian in a 6-8 middle school, when I'm not dreaming up all sorts of tactics to get books into my students' hands, I am seeking new ways to harness technology to help them learn.
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