Take A Photo & Preserve More Than The Memorabilia!
Krista shared her tip on how to organize kids artwork.
I like to take a picture of my daughter holding the artwork she has created, drawn or painted, etc. This perserves the artwork and the age at which my child created it.
I also have several children, and ofter fail to label artwork, so this method ends the confusion over who created the artwork and at what age.
Taking a picture also really makes children feel proud. My daughter feels that the artwork is so special to me that I want a photo of her holding it.
I often also take a close-up of the artwork alone. I plan to add these photos to a digital picture frame so she feels honored each time her artwork is on display.
Another added benefit to a digital photo is that it allows you to dispose of some creations when needed and it preserves all artwork in case of a disaster such as a flood or fire.
Thanks so much for these great ideas and tips Krista!
I love taking pictures of my kids' artwork too. It does make them feel special, and preserves such special memories.
***Update: Another reader, Jill, shared what she does for organizing kids' artwork within the comments, stating: "I scan all my daughters artwork from the preschool year and then create a photo book!" ***End Update
How I Save My Kids' Art Work Without Using Much Available Space
Teresa shared how she organizes her children's art projects in her home.
I have 2 children, 1 in pre-school and 1 in kindergarten.
The only available space I have in my kitchen is the side of the refrigerator.
I hang up all of their art work everyday for a week. Then I throw it out and start fresh the next week.
If there is something special I want to save forever, I don't throw that out but put it in a folder, labeled with their name and grade.
At the end of the year I'll put the folder in my memory box stored under my bed.
A few things that are special and that they're very proud of I'll hang on their bedroom wall.
I usually throw out the artwork on the refrigerator when they're not looking. If they see it in the garbage I just tell them we can't save everything and I want to be able to hang up all the new things you make this week! They are OK with that once I explain.
That sounds like a good system Teresa. Thanks so much for sharing it with me!
How To Deal With Kids' School Art Projects - A Video
Below is a video which echoes the sentiments of the reader above, and suggests taking pictures of your kids' artwork.
The video also discusses how to organize all of your kids' school papers at the end of the school year.
Here are some of the things I liked from this video, and/or thoughts I had from the discussion:
Clear out your kids' backpacks regularly (or encourage them to do it themselves when they are old enough).
At the end of every school year it is important to take time to toss all the paperwork which is no longer needed, such as old school calendars, etc., so you don't keep lots of unnecessary stuff that takes up room in your home.
In regard to artwork (and homework in general) you need to decide what your criteria is for what you keep, versus what you throw away. You will have to throw some stuff away or you will quickly get buried under an avalanche of paper.
Allow your kids to help with throwing stuff away -- including their artwork. I think this is very important, because it is a great way to learn that we don't have to be packrats -- we can part with stuff without feeling that we aren't loved.
You need a special way to save three-dimensional art that is separate from papers, because obviously 3D stuff can't fit in files.
***Update: Here's a comment from a reader about this suggestion of taking pictures. She says:
"I definitely take pictures of odd shaped artwork or scan it to keep even the coloring pages...It is a great efficient way to "keep" artwork for him in the future. I have it all filed by date for him on an external hard drive! it has worked great!"