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Old 04-19-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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I'm retiring at the end of this school year and moving to another state.
I am cleaning out my room - giving away and throwing away. But my dilemma comes about what to keep.

I ponder over things and think will I need this? Is my life really going to change?

How much did you keep?
Were you sorry you got rid of anything?
Have you ever used or needed what you kept?
What would you recommend I keep?
What would you advise me to get rid of?



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I gave or threw away just about everything. When I left campus for the last time, I only had my purse and a bouquet of flowers. That was 2 years ago and I don't miss anything. If I had grandchildren, I might of kept some books.

I started giving away materials as soon as I used them for the last time. I purged a little each day and a lot after Spring Open House, so that it wasn't overwhelming.
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I have tried cleaning my stuff out also. I have gotten rid of anything that I can replace on line. I also got rid of a lot of "purple master" worksheets. It is ridiculous that I still had any in the first place. It was fun throwing out all the useless units and things I created in college 20 years ago. Once again, I can't tell you why I kept those for so long. I also got rid of old, messed up chapter books and picture books.

I have gotten rid of stuff in the past and have not missed it mostly because you can always find better things now that we have the internet to search.

I would keep all of my "AIMS" and "GEMS" science stuff, all math manipulative materials, chapter books that look new, and binders of teacher materials that I have created (such as my fraction things).
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I gave away all my books, except those about the ocean. file cabinets were dumped or things given away. I still have three plastic tubs full of materials after a year, and plan on getting rid of them soon. I don't plan on doing anything teaching-related, except maybe subbing next year.
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:05 AM
 
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Like Reader, I gave away or threw away almost everything. When I walked out that last day in May of last year, I just had my purse on my shoulder, car keys in hand, and a big smile on my face. What a great feeling it was! And no, I don't regret giving away / throwing away anything. Those things served their purpose, but "I'm finished with that chapter." Anything I might need now (for my volunteer tutoring) I just borrow at the local library or occasionally I utilize some free resource online. I do know some retiring teachers like to sell items. Although there's nothing wrong with that, I must say that for me, it felt great to give a "parting gift" to teachers who were really interested in particular items.


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Accidentally posted twice

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I basically did what the others did. I had two crates full of things for my granddaughters...puzzles and a few books. The teacher who took my place wanted everything....she told me not to toss stuff because she wanted to look through everything over the summer and would do the tossing. I did recycle old save worksheets and project samples. I took most of my plastic storage bins to use around the house. They really helped me get my home organized.

I have never felt the need for anything I left behind.
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I'm a real clutterbug...
Old 04-19-2014, 11:26 AM
 
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..and I did not want people saying, "Can you believe how much stuff she left in that room?" So, I got rid of almost everything except a box of books and small items I thought future grandchildren might enjoy. The one thing I wish I'd left a little of are bulletin board materials. When I visit the school now, I notice the teacher who took my place does not have much. I think I gave it away because I had heard stories of everything being thrown away when a new teacher came in and I didn't want that. I didn't know who my replacement was going to be and that was a drawback.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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I will be retiring at the end of next year so these suggestions were good to hear. I like the "they served their purpose" and I will be telling myself that about most things as I clean out. I will keep certain books but I cleared out a ton this past year, will continue to this year and next, and will hopefully just walk out with my purse and a smile too!!!
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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I think I took 2 tote bags worth home, all the rest was either tossed or scavenged by other teachers! I gave all my AR books to my teaching partner of 18 years. My P. let 2 brand new 1st year teachers come into my old room before school started and let them "shop". The teacher taking over my room has taught for several years, so she had stuff.
What I had at home went to a 1st year teacher and a home school mom. I knew I wouldn't need anything, so I didn't take anything! Don't regret it at all, especially now that I'm packing to move.


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Old 04-19-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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I saved s few books for my grandchildren and tossed everything else. I miss nothing.
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:45 PM
 
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I kept about 10 books -emotional attachments

I gave away just about everything else to a brand new teacher.

I walked out of the school with only nice memories and a smile on my face.

Like others, I have missed not one item. I haven't even looked at those few books I kept.

There are times when just keeping the good memories tucked away in your mind are enough!

I would not wait until the last minute to start to get rid of stuff. Get rid of things as you finish your units, etc.

Congrats when you time comes!
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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I gave away or threw away everything.

I still have three teacher mugs at home.
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Keep or toss
Old 04-19-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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I kept about 5 small boxes including some books purchased I thought my grandchildren may enjoy. I honestly have not even opened one of those boxes in over a year. I left materials in good condition and organized for the teacher taking over and was told it was wonderful that I left things for the team to use. Take less than you think you should.
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:34 PM
 
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When I left, I left items for the teacher who replaced me...who just happened to be a former student in our district that spent time helping in my room several years ago when she was in high school.

Also, I gave some of my friends some items that I knew that they could use. DD is an educator, so she took some & some of her colleagues took some great items that I would never again use...like poster organizers. I also kept some books that I could not part with...(Keeping my fingers crossed for grandchildren...the 2-legged kind. I have many 4-legged..whom I also love)

One of the teachers with whom I taught, her DD is teaching for Teach for America (I think that's what it is called). She is teaching in the inner city where there has been a series of natural disasters. The district where she works is very needy & she has to buy most of her own supplies.

BINGO !!!!... She packed up the remainder of the stuff that I had & took it with her. It was a relief for me & I was thankful that my stuff was being used for such a good cause ...& at the same grade level no less The materials that I donated were a Godsend to her.

At the end of my last year, I packed up everything and took it home, fully intending to sell the materials at a garage sale, flea market or online. There was a ton of stuff! I was fortunate to have had such luck in finding placement for it.
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I kept too much!!
Old 04-21-2014, 06:44 AM
 
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I gave so much away, but kept 4 good sized plastic bins just in case I tutored. I kept most of my picture books just in case I tutored. I kept some teacher/ reading specialist books, just in case I tutored. Now in my 4th year of retirement, and I haven't wanted to tutor yet! My GS's teachers have received many of my things. My daughter was a K teacher and doesn't want me to give anymore away. Who knows if she will go back, so I may give them to her to store.

In other words, I kept too much, and I never used any of it!!!! I would say, unless you know for sure that you will use something, get rid of it - give away or sell.

New life, new state, new start with new things - that's what I say!
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:14 AM
 
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keep a thing. I kept a few things, but I ended up throwing it all out. Oh, I kept the mugs my kids gave to me over the years. But then I asked myself 'Why'? I got rid of those too. The only things I still have are a few books. But now I am thinking of donating them also.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:08 PM
 
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I enjoyed cleaning out my room. I donated many things to my new teaching team members. I gave away many of my classroom reading books to my students. They earned them by earning tickets every day for completing their work and having great self-discipline. The left over books went to the public library as a donation. All my paper files of lessons and worksheets went in the trash.
However, if you plan on tutoring or substitute teaching , you may want to keep some of the great literature you have collected. You may also want to keep some electronic files.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:15 PM
 
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Thank you all so much. I appreciate your advice. I stayed after school again tonight and cleaned out another cupboard. I just blindly tossed! It is getting easier to do especially knowing we are moving to a smaller house. I've been working at it all year, but I have soooo much stuff after 40 years ....and it is getting down to crunch time.
I am truly trying not to keep much, but it is hard to imagine your life without teaching. My purge continues!
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Get Rid of It!
Old 04-29-2014, 09:11 AM
 
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I gave away everything last June except some books I want to keep if I ever get grandchildren! They were the books I read to the class, not the ones the kids used all the time. I put boxes of things in the Teacher's Room with a big sign that said "Yard Sale" help yourself! Everything went. Teachers love free
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