I was diligently indexing at work today when someone stoped by my cube to ask if I had any tabs (numbers 26-50 specifically). Hmmmm, let me check, I say and open the bottom drawer of the file cabinet.
BAM! Artwork from 3 kids comes spilling out of the drawer all over the floor much to my embarrassment. Oops, forgot I put that stuff there I explain as my co-worker smiles. Don’t worry about it, I have that stuff home he says.
So it’s not just me with the endless projects, drawings, connect-the-dots and various other holiday/season themed crafts taking over my space???
When the twins started pre-k last year I thought it was great when they could come home with a picture or craft. I would hang it up on the fridge and show the husband and relatives when they came over.
Two weeks into pre-k my fridge was covered and I was out of magnets. Ok, no problem, I will just take the “good” creations to work and display them in my cube. I started off slowly with 1 picture per child but by spring my cube looked like a pre-k art room.
The husband suggested keeping a storage box with the kids’ names on it for the “special” artwork. However, when the school year was over the box was jammed packed and we knew we had a problem. What the heck was I supposed to do with all this stuff? Will my sons actually care that mommy saved all the stuff they made when they were 4, 5 and 6? Better yet, will their wives (or significant others) want the boxes of stuff they made when they were 4, 5 and 6??
I am stumped on this one so I am asking you, what is your retention policy for kids’ artwork? Do you keep everything or only the special pieces? Do you throw stuff away? Do you scan the artwork and then create calendars for family at Christmas ? (no lie I met a mom who does this). I look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions. Now if you will excuse me, I have some shamrocks to hang up