GO! Challenge #26: Children’s Artwork or Schoolwork

Children's Artwork. If you have young children, managing the perpetual influx of artwork is probably a part of your daily life.

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?

18 thoughts on “GO! Challenge #26: Children’s Artwork or Schoolwork”

    1. Yes, I imagine you are a “prime target” for this one. Gotta keep it circulating so you can enjoy the new. Mostly I suggest keeping the rest in an easy-access container and then doing a thorough sort at the school year’s end. My favorite apps for kids artwork are in the link. Good luck!

    1. The digital copies are a wonderful option, especially when combined with an app like Artkive or Keepy.me. I made photo books with my girls artwork (one each for preschool and elementary art) and we enjoy periodically looking back at them now.

  1. I am starting to weed through my kids stuff. Another organizer mentioned, Keepy app and it sounded cool. I just don’t have the room for all this memorabilia in my home as my kids are high schoolers now. I will be taking pictures of their kindergarten artwork and see if we can get rid of it. =) The kids are off from school today because of the snow, maybe we will work on that later. =) Thanks for the reminder.
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    1. Keepy.me is a great app that lets you record audio with your visual images. Nice options (made my “Top Gifts for the holidays this year.) Artkive is also great. If you follow the link in the post, there are some other ideas to consider. Have fun on the snow day!

        1. Love the options you have with Keepy! The years when artwork floods in are brief, but intense. I wish this had been around when my children were little!

    1. Thanks, Ellen. I get this all the time as well. I love the Artkive app, and have made books of my own children’s artwork. We enjoy the books much more than we ever would have enjoyed pulling items out of boxes. Keepy.me is another great option, an app that made my “Top Gifts” for this past holiday season.

  2. For those larger project that aren’t going to stand up well, it would be good to take a photo right away, even if you plan to keep the item for a while. At least then you have a picture of it when it was nice and new, rather than waiting until it’s tired and falling apart.
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    1. Good suggestions, Janet. I was just thinking about some of the larger projects this morning. They do deteriorate quickly, being hard to safely store!

    1. It IS hard to actually let the originals go, but I can tell you that as a Mom who kept it all for years, it is the right thing to do. I had boxes of artwork that got infested with bugs, and many of the pieces had peeled/cracking paint and pieces that had fallen off!

  3. Great system, Laurie. So forward-thinking of you to plan this even when they were little. A classic example of a little is wonderful, and too much is overwhelming. Where is your college boy? I have one in college too!

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