After ten years of home educating my children, I have collected around three boxes per year of resources, papers, and projects. (That's one box per child, and I might be underestimating by half!) That means the equivalent of thirty boxes are stacked (mostly neatly) in various places of the basement.
It is definitely time to share my stash!
But, how? Let's start with the resources.
Distribute textbooks: Many publishers develop new editions of their textbooks. Before textbooks become out-dated, it's a good idea to give others the opportunity to use them. (Incidentally, older editions of books aren't less useful. They are less expensive, even free!)
Loan literature: These are books and resources to be returned once the borrower is finished. They include classic literature. The newer editions may have more recent commentaries or translations, but the older editions usually retain the original text. When they come back, decide then what to do with them.
Reduce the redundant: In some cases, we have more than one copy of a book. If it is a cherished title, keep one and give away the other.
Retain the memorable: A few books are simply treasures. Keep them. Set each aside for the child that loved that book most. Then give it when that child has his/her own basement.
My goal is to have two boxes per child--one for favorite books and one for special papers and projects. I'll write about that second one tomorrow.