I have begun a process that I should have started years ago. Teachers tend to be packrats and keep just about anything and everything that might be useful. However, there comes a time when you know the closet must be cleaned and the files must be thinned! So, I am cleaning out my curriculum files. I have long held on to lesson plans and ideas and patterns that I have never used. They are outdated and many are for higher grades. You know how it is: “I might use that someday.” Well, someday has come and gone and if I still haven’t used it, it’s going in the trash. Time to be selective and keep only the best materials. Time to make room for more Common Core lessons. Time to get rid of clutter before I start planning my retirement!