First, let’s keep it simple. Hang a few finished pieces on the refrigerator or even on the playroom wall.You can use removable strips and tabs to easily hang and change up each week. The bulk of the artwork can be placed in a container to be sorted later. The key here is to not let too much accumulate. It will be difficult to choose, but that’s the rub. Choosing will keep you from drowning in artwork and from having to spend much time later on.
Here are a few recommendations that can help you stay on top and keep the piles from growing.
1. Organize by age or school year. This will be a tough one, especially once your child reaches kindergarten and they have a birthday in the middle of the year. Therefore, before you little one officially starts school, organize their art by year. Choose a manageable size box for each year and once the box becomes full, only keep the most desirable.
2. Create a photo book. To hold onto the artwork forever and have it take up little space on a bookshelf, take photos of the artwork, then create a book at the end of the school year or after a birthday celebration. (Keep a back up of the photos on a dvd and you’ve potentially eliminated an entire box).
3. Create a work of art with a collage poster. This is one of my favorite discoveries and you can simply ship off the original artwork, which is returned to you along with a custom collage poster of your child’s favorite artwork. A great way addition to any child’s room that will last a lifetime! (click on the photo below for more information).
Here’s more on what to do with children’s artwork…