The House of Kid Art

One of my kidlets’ favorite part of the day is when they get to create.  Art projects are a great way for kids to not only express themselves but have some fun!  Plus, if you are “crafty” about it, it’s a cheap way to keep them entertained and give us parents a much-needed moment of quiet or an opportunity to finish folding the laundry, make dinner or answer the phone.  Who knows, maybe the next budding Picasso or Andy Warhol is in your very home with a Crayola in his or her hand right this second!

My son made a bird nest, complete with baby bird

From the moment my kids could hold a crayon, marker or paintbrush, use a glue stick or safety scissors at preschool/daycare, they started coming home with “masterpieces.”  At first, I only got one or two pieces a week.  Now it seems that each of my kidlets are coming home with four to five pieces EVERYDAY.   Both of my kids have been in nursery school/daycare since they were each three months old (my son is almost five, my daughter is 2 ½), so even if I conservatively  totaled up one piece of artwork coming home from daycare, I must have close to 1500 pieces of children’s art. The Louvre has nothing on my house!

Now some of the kidlets artwork is better than others:

Family heart my son made for me for Valentine’s Day

Daughter’s fingerpainted flower, made from coffee filters & cupcake cup


And I have no problem tossing out pre-fab coloring sheets or papers with squiggles:

I’ve got the kidlets handiwork well represented all over the house.  On the fridge, bulletin boards in our home office, playroom and kids’ bedrooms as well in frames in our family room.  I’ve got it hanging here in my office at work and I’ve given out tons of it to both family and friends.  The remaining pieces make their way into a storage box. The ones with glued-on macaroni, rice or dried flowers, hats and baskets are a bit more of a challenge to store without being crushed or ruined!

As you can see, I have a hard time tossing anything my kidlets create.  Simple logic tells me that there is no way I can keep every single piece of arts and crafts they create, but I feel guilty throwing them away.   My son starts kindergarten in the fall, so I’m in store for a whole new round of masterpieces that I won’t have the heart to toss out! However, I know that if I don’t start de-cluttering, I’m going to wind up on that show “Hoarders” someday as the freaky lady who is surrounded in 4 feet of old kid art.

So I’m looking to you to help me. I want to save some of my kidlet’s art so they can look back at it as they get older, sort they can take a walk down memory lane and see how much they’ve grown, but how do I do it?  How should I organize it?  What are your great tips and creative ideas on how to manage kid artwork overload?

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    • TheHarriedMom says

      I think I’m going to do a follow-up post to this one, I’ve gotten some great suggestions here, on Twitter and on FB as well as friends. Moms are so ingenious!

  1. says

    We haven’t gotten it together at this house yet. (Three years and counting). BUT at our old house, we had an art wall. It was a clothesline stretched down one side of Caroline’s room, where she could hang her work. When it filled up, she was in charge of picking what to take off to put on the new one. If I REALLY liked it (and I’m not keen on much kid art) I put it in a giant flex folder.

    Here? I just trip over it and secretly throw away most of it when they’ve forgotten about it.
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  2. says

    I love this post! It’s always great to have other tips to tame the clutter–and I too have a hard time getting rid of things. even the things with little squiggles and pre-fab coloring pages, though now you have inspired me to cut the cord on those! I really like some of the other tips that people have left…now for the energy to go through the mess and APPLY those tips…
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      I know…it’s hard. There have been so many good ideas given to me from this post. My mind is just spinning with all the art ideas!

  3. says

    Love this Post! I’m a Pinterest addict and I’ve found interesting tips on just this topic. Each child gets a frame and a shadowbox for display in the home. You can rotate their artwork for display. When the frame is full of artwork that you want to complete, it’s already organized for storage. Maybe one frame per year? Not sure on the shadowbox idea though! I hope this helped some. BTW, Thank You so much for joining our Link N’ Blogs today! We are glad to have you!!
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      Another great idea…I’m not sure about the shadowbox either, but I do have those frames made for artwork and I usually just swap them out…maybe I should keep in there like I do their photos….

  4. says

    When I was pregnant, I read about someone who kept the really special ones. All of the others, she took a picture of or scanned, saved them in a special folder on her computer and at the end of the school year had them made into photobooks for that grade (so she had a book for kindergarten, first, etc.). Then she has all of the memories of the art and evidence that she cared about the art without the guilt of having tossed the art. My daughter starts Pre-K this year and I am totally planning to do this.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I’ve been told this by a few folks following this post and I think that’s a great idea! so technically they’re all “saved” just not physically!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I’ve been getting a lot of tips to scan all the photos digitally and only keep a few hard copies. Then once a year make a photoalbum with all their artwork – great gifts for grandparents too!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      That’s an interesting idea….Pizza boxes would be great containers and so easily stackable!

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