I was shopping for baby presents and came across a cute book aimed at 1st graders, Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus, by Jane O’Connor. It caught my attention because it focused on tackling the overabundance of a particular favorite item.
Nancy is a young dancer who can’t fit new dance outfits into her stuffed closet. Over the course of the book, she learns to let go of some beloved, but outgrown, worn out and duplicate tutus in order to make room for the new ones. The book also includes a gentle lesson about sharing with friends and a younger sibling.
The book is short and sweet, but the lesson applies to any of the things we collect as part of our hobbies and enthusiasms. Knowing when to give some of them up is not only a good lesson for the kids to learn, but a friendly reminder for adults too.
If you get a chance to read the book, let me know what you think of it. And if you’ve learned any other good organizing lessons from a kid’s book as an adult, please share your piece.