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!
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
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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