This was vacation week so I mostly tackled the school paper pile from the 2016-2017 school year. Fortunately or unfortunately, I get so much paper home from preschool and elementary school that most of it goes in a box that I hopefully process when I have time the following September. Obviously I’ve taken a few Septembers off because I was behind.
Recycle: There’s actually not that much paper here – the two yellow notebooks at the bottom and the pinwheels (minus the push pins) are it.
Trash: Because so much of this is laminated, many papers fell here. I also wasn’t sure about recycling the yarn with the fabric so I tossed it. The bag got recycled, but inside was another bag of moldy preschool play dough. I better have found all of that now! The folders and binders had all seen better days having spent an entire school year traveling back and forth.
We finally had a warm day and the kids were outside, so I was able to sneak back to the broken toy stash.
Recycle: All hte paper stuff including unneeded old toy instructions and Happy Meal inserts.
Trash: There’s a shell, some ribbon, the Happy Meal frames, a sticky hand that is no longer sticky, some broken sports eggs, a broken RC car, two broken Tivo remotes, and a dagger toy that got stepped on and crushed so it no longer retracts (which is the actually fun aspect).
The boys did some more cleaning out and I continued going through the old school stuff.
Recycle: The boys came up with a bag of scrap paper, a torn gift bag, and two LEGO boxes to get rid of. Then there’s a whole pile of school papers.
Trash: Some laminated papers (including the Fraction Kit), an old balloon, two hamburger erasers, and some ribbon.
Recycle: Again, lots of school papers.
Trash: There are a few more interesting items here: two “reuseable” (but they’re super flimsy) bags signed with a bunch of kids names, one yarn head sculpture, many laminated papers, another Fraction Kit, and four Elementary School Field Day “medals.”
Sold: I had another burst of success, selling the bassinet, associated bedding, and baby carrier.
Recycle: All the papers here went in the recycling.
Trash: Two folders that have seen better days, a foam star from 5th grade graduation, a piece of yarn “cloth,” and a box of random pencils/crayons. None of the pencils are in great shape and I don’t keep non-washable crayons in the house.
There were some nice examples here covering a year of preschool art.
Recycle: Most of the papers around the perimeter will be be recycled.
Trash: A lot of these have random stuff glued to them that cannot be recycled. The penguin is mislabeled 2014; these are all actually from the same school year.
Links to the beginning of the challenge: