Whether it's family photos stored away in the cupboard or toys from our childhood stuffed in the attic, we all have a tendency to hold on to the things that we might not really need.
For teachers, though, this hoarding often comes in the shape a mass of folders and binders all dating back to the first years of teaching. From old lesson plans to pupil feedback sheets and endless resources, teachers often keep it all.
But why are teachers so compelled to hold on to the pieces from their first teaching years? Is it to reminisce on their time as an NQT? Or to look back and see the ways they have grown as an educator? It might even be because they have the perfect resource for a very particular class, and sod’s law says that, as soon as they throw it away, it'll be needed for next week’s lesson?
Whatever the reason, teachers aren’t alone in this hoarding behaviour as Victoria Hewett, an author and geography teacher found out on Twitter...
The Tes newsroom did our best to whittle the responses down to our favourite ones.
If you want to see the rest of the replies, then make sure to find Victoria Hewett on Twitter for the full thread.
I’m in the process of moving house and can’t bear to part with my planning folder from my nqt year. It’s so old and falling apart but I put my heart and soul in to my nqt year and that class and I just can’t throw it. My husband isn’t impressed we still have it 🤣 pic.twitter.com/DM2UgUtoVW— Victoria Renwick (@vrenwickldn) January 27, 2019
Not only that but on our shared computer system at school I have hundreds of "archive" folders as I've been there 16 years and am afraid to delete anything 🙈 Teaching is cyclical though, right? Who knows what is on the horizon!— Jenny H 🏰 (@JenHistoryCW11) January 27, 2019
I dared to throw out my A level maths notes last weekend... I did A level in 1994😂 It takes me a while 🙄— hilary fisher (@hilaryfisher14) January 28, 2019
I still have 💾 floppy disks🤣🤣— Teresa Claire (@NotJust4Xmas) January 27, 2019
I do and it's funny to get them out as a reminder of what teaching was like in 1978. Including note to self. Remember to do The Banda after school tomorrow. Nowadays I think folk would think Doing The Banda was a dance😀— Jim Garbutt FCCT (@gublet) January 27, 2019
I have dedicated a whole two shelves in my only classroom cupboard to 20-odd lever arch files of lesson plans, worksheets, printouts of slides and stolen photocopies that I think I’ve looked at three times in my 7 years; I couldn’t bear to be parted from them!— Mr Nutt 🌍 (@MrNuttGeography) January 27, 2019
Yep! Not as bad as a hoarder I took over from a few years back though - found a black bag of books so checked out the work, the dates were from 1989...— I'm A Keegan (@andykeegan) January 27, 2019
Does it bring you joy? 😂 #MarieKondo— Kirstie Parker (@KirstieParker) January 27, 2019
I cleared mine out a few months back... I trained 15years ago 😬 but I have now left the profession. Had I still been teaching I doubt I’d have cleared them... and I *may* have kept a few bits and pieces just in case! 🤔🤫— Jo Wright (@Cinderella_Cake) January 28, 2019