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Signs You Might Be a Teacher Hoarder
You have post-its in every shape, color, and size.
You have enough magnetic clips to hang every piece of paper you've ever touched. You have silver small, silver medium, silver large, magnetic people, and even magnetic frogs stored away.
You have rubberbands in every size and color….bags and bags of them.
You dedicate file cabinet drawers to folders. Yep, you can't have too many folders.
Pencils? Everyone needs pencils. Small, large, skinny, fat, with erasers, without erasers, striped, starred, red, yellow, blue, colored, regular…you get the idea.
Created bulletin board materials circa 1988 which haven't been used for decades - you have kept them. Lamination makes them timeless.
You eyed the shredded paper, resulting from standing in front of the shredder for nearly a half hour, thinking it could be used for something.
Those BINGO dobbers your grandma used could surely be used for math, reading, or some crafty activity. You better keep those.
You have drawers dedicated to tape: fix-it tape, highlighting tape, book tape, packing tape, scotch tape, duct tape.
Speaking of tape, you do have rolls of electrical tape for lining smooth surfaces.
Those magnetic stove covers from the 90s can do more than cover burners. They're magnetic after all.
I've laughed as I've talked about my disorder with other teachers. I've discovered it's a silent problem no one wants to talk about. I now know friends who have used entire closets in their houses, bedrooms, basements, garages, and even rental spaces because one just never knows when those materials might be needed again.
Well, my classroom is clean and the new small room has things packed (tightly) away. Now, about this house.
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