It happens daily, if not multiple times a day, your sweetie brings you their masterpiece. They might even do that shoulder to the cheek moment and that little look of pride on their face as you graciously accept it, listening to what it was and then you display it for a while. But it builds up fast! Here are some tips to managing all that artwork clutter without letting go of the sentimental side.
Before you get started, determine your own scale. 1. Direct to trash 2. Cute, let’s hang it up for a while… snap and picture and throw it away when no one is looking and 3. Treasure! I am never throwing it away!
When your child presents their masterpiece to them, likely, more than anything, they want to see that you are proud of their accomplishment and proud enough to display it. They will likely forget about it soon enough, but the whole process will build a confidence in them and motivate them to do it again… even better.
But all that artwork stacks up FAST! Especially those cotton ball and feather covered paper plates and other 3D creations.
Tips to clear the clutter!
- Select a wall and a timetable. Clear, trash or keep and repeat. Snap a picture of the items as you go, with and/ or without your child.
- Write is down. When you receive your child’s masterpiece, write down what they said it was, their age and name. Even a week later and it will slip your mind. What you do decide to keep in the long run will have more meaning if you remember what it was they drew, especially if paired with recent family events such as a fun trip to the beach.
- Use them as scrapbook paper. Cut out the image to size and let it be the backdrop to pictures of the kids at those same ages.
- Use 12 x 12 and 9 x 12 sized 3 ring Scrapbooks with Clear Sleeves for long term storage. Select a limited number of favorites to keep, take a picture of them, and throw away the undesirables. (We have loved Project Life Three Ring Albums)
Let us know what you like to do to display those masterpieces in the home! Comment below, or share your own child’s masterpieces.