In my old building, each spring and fall there would be a ginormous purge of all things unwanted. I personally, went through each of my cabinets and evaluated the contents. My rule of thumb is, "If I haven't used it in two years, out it goes." That's what works for me. I hate to hoard. I used to be really good at it, but moving classrooms more than a few times (I like change) really changes what you value. I do not value basals that I used as a student (in the 80's), markers that may or may not work, or anything remotely junky. So two years ago, I moved from the trailer court (what we called the mobiles) into the building. I was replacing a teacher who had moved out of state. She was not as anal as me about matchy matchy baskets in the room. So I added many of my own and took some of old out to the free table. In particular, a really ugly yellow stacking basket.
The teacher I am replacing in my new adventure previously was in my old building. And apparently, she picked up things off the free table. So yesterday, as I was filling yet another bag of trash, I came across THE YELLOW BASKET!? Some things are just meant to be yours I guess.