I’m sure you love your kid’s art projects. Seeing what your little one has created—sometimes specially for you—touches your heart.
Of course, you want to celebrate your little Picasso and show them that you are proud of their work. However, when their crafts start to take over your home, it becomes a problem. You can easily feel overwhelmed by the flood of drawings or paintings that they bring home from school.
So, how do you organize and store your kid’s art projects without bruising their ego? Here are some helpful tips for that.
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How To Organize and Store Your Kid’s Art Projects
Keep a box or folder close to the door or in whatever part of the house your child stores their school stuff. Place all of the new artwork in this box or folder. Pick one item to display—maybe on the refrigerator or in their room—for a determined length of time e.g. one week.
At the end of the week, take it down and replace it with something else out of the box. Your child will be happy to see that you cherish their art enough to display it and that each piece is being shown off.
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After each piece of art has had its time in the limelight, determine whether it will be kept, mailed or discarded.
Yep, that’s right. Some of these works of art are going in to the trash. But of course, do it tactfully and not in front of your child. Also, don’t put it in the trash where your child will easily see it. You may just have a meltdown on your hands if their little eyes see their hard work in the recycle bin.
If your child is not quite so attached to their art, let them help you with this whole process. That way you don’t have to hide when you throw stuff away.
Mail one or two of your kid’s art projects to grandparents, close family or even their babysitter. Whoever you think would appreciate a few handcrafted items. You can even make it more personal by letting your child sign their name on each piece.
How To Store The Items You Want To Keep
There are lots of ideas for storing your kid’s art projects. Choose one or a combination of methods that suit you.
Bins or Boxes
Use airtight bins or storage boxes to house your child’s artwork. Stack them up and store them out-of-the-way.
Create a filing system to store and organize your kid’s art projects by year using either a file box or a filing cabinet. There are all types of styles and nice finishes on filing cabinets to match the decor in your home, if you prefer to go that route.
You can use this same system to store important documents along with the art. This type of storage method is easy to keep up and you can find items quickly.
If there are any special pieces, like those created at specific milestones, you can frame them and hang them up. This tells your child that you really appreciate what they have done and can do wonders to boost their self-esteem. I particularly like these ones because you can easily swap out the contents.
The only problem with the above-mentioned options are they can take up quite a bit of space if you choose to keep lots of your kid’s art projects. One way to avoid this, especially if you have a small home, is to use a scanner and create a digital version of the art.
Doing this cuts down on the amount of space required. You can keep a digital version of pretty much everything your child makes and still sort the files by year. Simply create folders and place all of the art in the corresponding one.
Your kid’s art projects should be treasured. They should be proudly displayed. But they should NOT take over your home. Use these simple tips to avoid a cluttered mess and store and organize your child’s art.
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