The other day I was Marie Kondo-ing my closet because it had become a black hole of doom. I had thrown months of stuff into it with reckless abandon. Post-co-op work, Christmas crafts, clothes that didn’t fit anymore, brochures and paperwork collected by me or the kids or both from random field trips… All piled up on shelves, in tubs, and on the floor. My closet had become a safety hazard.
As I was organizing everything, I came across piles and piles of my kids’ artwork. I have 4 aspiring artists and mounds of artwork to prove it. I don’t think I’m alone. I think a lot of parents have stacks of papers our kids produce over the course of 18 or more years. Some of the stuff we look back at and wonder why we ever saved it in the first place, while some of the stuff we look back on proudly positive that our child is the next Picasso. Either way, each piece is a reminder of our child’s creative genius (or lack of).
So, what do we do with all of that artwork?
Here are some of the solutions I have implemented. Maybe they would work for you.