Today I packed away the last of the homeschool curriculum and stuff I've accumulated that we aren't using within the next few months. It took awhile because there was a ton of it. It occured to me that having so much homeschool crap, even if the crap IS of exceptional quality, can choke off real learning.
With so much in front of me and at my disposal I'm much less likely to take a walk, discuss something, play a game or do something else in a similar vein to learn with the kids. Instead, if I recognized an interest or an area that needed a bit of work I'd to reach for the homeschool hoard and pull something from there. Bad habit to have.
When we get a new house I want a library. Somewhere where a person can go where the walls are covered with books, curriculum, resources and all the papery goodness that we can fit on the shelves. But also a place where we can walk out, shut the door and appreciate the big, wide world that doesn't exist between two covers.