Rita Riebel Mitchell

Website Photos: How do you choose?


Today you see crayons. Tomorrow, who knows? My photos are as changeable as the wind. They represent whatever I’m doing or thinking about at the time.

I take many nature photos in my backyard. Trees, moss, garden flowers, small animals, insects, and birds are some of my subjects. A few of those hundreds of photos are often added to this website. Today’s photo is different. It’s not nature, it’s history.

Why crayons?


I have a large dishpan filled with crayons stored in my basement. As a former teacher, I can’t bear to part with them. Some are from my sons, and many are crayons that I bought for my students to use. All these years later, my toddler nephews love rifling through the bin to find their favorite colors.

Why did I save the crayons?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that teachers spend some (okay, a lot) of their own money on supplies for their students and classrooms. When I left the classroom to become a computer teacher, I took my personally purchased supplies with me in case I was transferred back into a classroom. The dishpan full of crayons, a few boxes of books, and a pile of folders, notebooks, and binders made their way into our basement. Now it’s time to give up some of these items to clear space for things that will serve me in my present and future life.

Decluttering is Difficult

Yes, it’s hard. Ask anyone who has done it. For years you save mementos, souvenirs, photos, recipes, instruction booklets, books, and crayons, only to find out that it’s now time to clear out the things that no longer serve you or bring you joy.

Don’t hesitate to ask someone for help with this major task. One of my good friends, Kelly Ramsdell, is an expert on the topic. Her life-coaching business, Actually I Can, offers assistance to those of us who are having a little bit (okay, a lot) of trouble cleaning out our basements, homes, and our lives.

Back to the Crayons

Sorry, Kelly. I’m keeping the crayons awhile longer. I’m happy to share… but just a few.      


How many of you have bins of crayons in your basement? If not crayons, what have you collected that you no longer need?

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