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Re: thoughts on being a pack rat

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Feb 26 2005 - 15:28:56 PST


I inheirted a room from a pack rat....it was really hard to deal with!
hundreds of empty klenex boxes, milk cartons, scrap cardboard...etc. What I have
found..is if i need something...(almost anything, yogurt containers, wrapping
paper tubes, clementine boxes, etc) I get put out an all call to staff and
parents and have it within a month! If I plan that kind of project, then that is
what I do. It keeps me from falling into that pack rat syndrom. Also, if
someone asks me if I need something, if they don't have enough for 60+ students
then I don't need it, unless I have asked for it. I have started to be very
selective...I find folks love to dump things on me because they dont' want to
deal w/ it themselves. For instance, a parent bought a shelving unit for a
classroom teacher, it wasn't what the classroom teacher wanted, so the parent
left it in my room saying it was easier to give it to me than take it back. It
is still sitting in my room taking up space because right now I have no place
for it...it has almost been more work trying to think of a place for it than it
would have been to offend the parent and make her take it back! <sigh>

If find it difficult enough keeping my own stuff clean...I can't be
responsible for cleaning out other folks' basements, attics, aunt's garages, etc.

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