If you have young children, managing the perpetual influx of artwork is probably a part of your daily life. Paintings, drawings, crafts, poems, stories, and other creations regularly enter your space. Many parents find the idea of shedding these items stressful, feeling reluctant to part with anything that might be significant and meaningful in the future.
Being a parent myself, I completely understand this emotion. At the same time, I can offer the following thoughts to keep in mind:
- Keeping every single creation in boxes in the attic means you will rarely (if ever) enjoy looking at them.
- Children go through phases with creativity, often making many versions of the same drawing. Keeping 12 rainbows doesn’t bring more pleasure than keeping one.
- Not all artwork and crafts should be saved. The macaroni necklace or bean mosaic will eventually attract bugs.
- Large pieces do not store well. If it must be folded or bent to fit into your storage area, it will be damaged and ultimately deteriorate.
- The sentimental value of children’s pieces varies. A project where your child simply assembled pre-cut pieces or scribbled over a printed image won’t mean as much as the one he designed from scratch.
With these points in mind, today’s challenge is to sort through your collection/pile/stash of children’s artwork and find 26 pieces to recycle. Since we are nearly halfway through the school year, now is a great time to consider everything that has come in since August and refresh. If you are having trouble, try sorting into “like” categories, so you can see how many you have of each type. The ones that have a caption or written detail are most worth keeping.
Clearing away the old will make space for new creativity to thrive. Do you think you’ll be able to find 26?