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Holy Crafts!

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

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7 thoughts on “Holy Crafts!

  1. Lauren on said:

    For the first few years I kept all the good stuff. Now at 10 and 7, most gets tossed except the really really good stuff. My poor 7 yr old totally got the shaft but their is just not enough space and i just cant do it. So now I save a few thinks a year. No guilt.

  2. As the mother, of course you have to save all those little projects! Didn’t I save your and your brother’s and doesn’t he periodically check to see if I did indeed save his stuff?

  3. Mom B on said:

    I love the drawing of Molly. That’s something you definitely need to save. She’s so slimmed down!!

  4. Mrs. Jeter on said:

    I had bins full of their stuff. Anytime they would scribble I would save it. One day I went on a cleaning frenzy (it doesn’t happen often but when it does, watch out!) and threw out everything that had food (cheerios, goldfish, skittles) or glitter glued to it, and anything that was 3-D or otherwise didn’t sit nicely in the bin. That helped. I also put holiday artwork in my holiday storage bins and hang it around the house with my usual decorations.

    I only have 2 though. With 4 you may have to take more drastic measures until FG puts you in a bigger house! 🙂

  5. Mandy Rae on said:

    With just one little one, so far, we’re already facing this problem. Since our kitchen is in desperate need of a remodel, I tape everything up to the cabinets and walls. Honestly, it’s an improvement, but definitely getting out of hand. That said, a friend of mine suggested taking digital photos of the artwork and saving it to the computer. That way, you can “keep” every single creation that was ever made without taking up any physical space whatsoever. I thought it was a great idea, but I’m not sure that I’d be happy with just digital images…though I’m keeping it in mind!

  6. Your post reminded me that I had read something about that from Tsh at Simple Mom – so here’s the link for that :
    http://simplemom.net/what-to-do-with-kids-artwork/
    I like her idea of tossing it all in a box throughout the year, then at the end of the year picking out the best 4 or so. Something you could possibly do with your child/ren. Also, to take photos of them – digital storage. I haven’t followed any of this advice yet and so have a rather large collection of art from my 5yo with asd (who has never been real keen on making art, making every item a bit precious) and a growing collection from my 2yo (who really does like to make art).

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