One of the treasures I did decide to let go today was the Roll-a-Ball set. This used to be a favourite activity when my brother, sister and I visited our great-Aunt's house. We'd spend hours seeing who could get the ball the greatest distance around the track by means of the two tilting platforms controlled by knobs, without falling in a hole. My brother, who always had terrific hand-eye coordination, was the family champ.
The bookcase I went through holds mostly books we like to read a lot - fiction that suits the whole family, and a small selection of children's books that I have kept both to read to the pre-schooler my daughter was looking after regularly, and to one day read to my grandchildren. I decided it was time to severely cull both categories - keeping only strong favourites in the children's group, and only books one or more remaining family members are certain they will want to read again. In the process, I selected 52 books to give away, and rearranged the remaining books on two shelves of the bookcase that is now down the hallway.
I also decided to pass our huge world atlas onto a homeschooling friend. There is lots of interesting detail in there, but it's not something we look at often anymore, and it takes up more space that is justified for what it gives in return.
"Nah, do what you like - when I have my own kids who are old enough, I'll buy new Lego"
"No, I don't care - haven't played with it in years."
"Whatever you want - I think it's funny you're even asking me!"
LOL - see what I mean about how we think not always translating to the kids and what they really want/need? Time to just let it go!
So, I sorted it out, and put the lego-like transformer pieces in a bag to give away locally, and the rest of the real Lego in a tub which I'm going to give to a friend with a younger child to play with for as long as she has any interest. Then I'll pass it on to someone else.
When I cleaned out the knitting stuff, I decided to get rid of the knitting/craft bag itself, 6 balls of yarn I'll never use, a zip-up bag, a project kit that I've had for years and never started, and a bag of trash - old wool labels, scraps of wool, old patterns etc. I also found 3 knitted dishcloths I had made, but never finished off by tucking the ends of the threads in. So I did that, and they're now in the kitchen drawer ready to be used.
Meanwhile, my daughters gave me 6 items of clothes they no longer want....
I found various random items on the shelves to toss.....
Along with a camera lens and spare cap for a camera that one son allegedly had at some point, which doesn't work.
And there was, of course, a bag of trash and a box of recycling (counted as 1 each)