It’s the sweetest. It’s the most imaginative. It’s slowly taking over your house. You have to love the artwork that comes home almost every day from school. Whether your child produces little scribbles or full on works of art, each is special and makes you wonder, what in the world should I do with all this?
1 – Create a Gallery
Nothing communicates your pride in your child’s efforts like putting their work on display. Be sure to make a big deal out of displaying these items. Don’t forget to write the date on the back of each piece that you’re going to display. I just love the DIGNITET curtain wire from IKEA and clips for this project.
2 – Decide what to keep
As new artwork comes in, you must decide what pieces are worth holding onto. This is the tricky part. Definitely keep handprints and items that tell a particular story or are very telling of the stage of life you’re in. Maybe your child did a self portrait or a drawing of you and your family. These are gold in my opinion.
3 – How to keep your favorites?
Each child needs a place where you store their special memorabilia. This is where you would keep any special little item from your child’s life – coming-home-from-the-hospital outfit, first macaroni necklace, whatever is special to you. If you still have the pregnancy test, you can go ahead and throw that away!
I like something like the smaller of these two totes, the 25 qt. Garage Tote from The Container Store. Something with a lid that’s big enough to hold odd shaped items, but not so big that you’re tempted to keep everything and then becomes a storage issue. If you need or want a box that will be seen somewhere in your house, try this more attractive option – Pioneer Jumbo Scrapbook Storage Box.
If having the original is not crucial to you, or storage is an issue, try this idea.
Take a photo of each piece of artwork and create a photobook like the one above from Shutterfly. Depending on how much art your little one(s) create, you could do a photobook for each year starting at the beginning of a school year. Store these little books where you, your family and guests can enjoy frequently. How special for your child to see their work published!
The main goal is to EDIT, EDIT, EDIT. Your child is a budding Picasso and there are so many things they have done and will do of which you will be so proud. Keep this in mind as you’re deciding what to keep and what’s worth documenting. Keeping everything will water down what is truly special to you. At a certain age you can involve your child(ren) in the process of documenting what is special and tossing the rest. Teach your kiddos now the value of living with boundaries.
Lindsey Yoder from A Simple Hive, LLC | www.asimplehive.com