Are you drowning in your kids' artwork?
Every parent knows the experience of their kids’ constant flow home of artwork and other treasures. What to do with all of it? It’s easy to get very attached to that VERY cute drawing of Mom, that colorful picture of flowers in the garden or the creative story carefully printing by your six-year-old. The fridge or your office whiteboard can only hold so much though, right?
I understand how overwhelming it can be while your children are young. However, it does get easier as time goes on and your children are bringing less artwork, stories, etc. home.
I have a fun story of going through the treasures I saved with my son one year when he came home from University. We spend a very enjoyable few hours going through everything. My original intent was to see if there was anything we could let go of. However, after a few hours of laughter and fun, he decided that it was all staying! We closed everything up and it will be his to move to his own home at some point in the future.
The key to getting control of all the treasures is to set up a storage system. You may find that you keep a lot of items in the early days of your child’s school career. Your attachment to some of the items you keep may wane over time so even though you want to keep a lot right now, don’t fret. You can go through things a few years (or many) down the road and perhaps feel less of an attachment and find that you are able to edit more easily.
Another important point is to label everything. You don’t want to put your saved items into a system without knowing who created it and when.
6 Tips on how to organize and store kids' artwork and other treasures
01. Create large "folders" with big construction paper
Much of the artwork you want to keep probably won’t be the same size. One method that works well is to go to the Dollar Store and purchase two large pieces of heavy construction paper and make your own “folder”. Taping or stapling the edges works just fine and you can even write your child’s name and grade or year on the front of the folder. Create one for every year and you have a perfect place to put those treasures you want to keep.
The folders can easily be stored in a large, flat bin that may fit under your child’s bed or they can be tucked behind a dresser. You just want it somewhere it is easily accessible so you wont’ feel like it’s a chore to put items into it.
02. file folders in a bin
03. take a picture
04. Use binders
05. Large flat storage bins
06. Use a trunk
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Let me know if you’ve tried one or more of these ideas and how they worked for you. Or maybe you have some ideas of your own that you could share. Just contact me through the contact form on my website.
Also, download my 34 Organizing Tips PDF for lots more ideas on how to declutter and organize!