Easy Solution for ALL those craft projects your child brings home!

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When Ella started nursery school, our “junk drawer” quickly got filled up with all those craft projects and drawings that she brought home each week.  We displayed a few around the house but there were just so many!  As I was not sure what to do with these precious creations, I continued to collect them and it got to the point where unless I threw some away I would have to dedicate a room to start storing them all.

After a couple of months, I came up with a solution that would allow me to keep all the precious memories without it taking over my house!

Approximately every two months, I piled them all on the counter and took a picture of all the projects and drawings and allowed myself to keep ONE item that was too precious to throw out.  I marked the date on the back of the one I kept and threw away the rest.  I felt this was a good compromise as I had a picture to remind me of all the precious masterpieces Ella created and I had one physical keepsake that I put in a storage box.

Somehow, I felt liberated by doing this without any of the guilt.  I knew deciding to have only one child, that I wouldn’t get a do-over with these types of things.  I wanted to make sure I didn’t do anything that I would later regret.  I am happy to say that it’s been a couple of years now since I started doing this and it’s been great – no guilt and I won’t be featured on one of those hoarder shows 🙂

What do you do with all the craft projects from your little one?  Share and comment below.

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24 thoughts on “Easy Solution for ALL those craft projects your child brings home!

  1. What a great idea! Paperwork from school can pile up very quickly. My boys bring home folders full of papers every Friday. I hang on to most of the craft projects and put them in a bin, but I like the idea of taking pictures and only keeping those that are really meaningful. #made4kids

  2. My son is just starting preschool this week and I’m sure I will be getting ready for craft project overload. I like your ideas of taking pics of all of them and physically keeping one….I’ll have to remember this trick! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! We hope you’ll join us again starting tonight! 🙂

  3. Great idea. Agree, children’s artwork can add up really fast. I have four kids and two are little artist- 8 & 5, they can produce 10 pieces of art a day sometimes. So I was thinking, I’d take pictures of picture worthy ones, create an album or scrapbook, so they could look back at what they have created in the past and keep the special masterpieces. It would just be too much to keep all that paper. Thanks for sharing at TGI Saturdays. Hope to see you this weekend. The party will be up from 8 a.m, today. Blessings.

    1. I haven’t had time to do anything with the pics but your idea of the album or scrapbook is something I’m going to strive to do for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I try to do this and have to be super sneaky as he wants to keep everything he’s ever made…it’s a struggle, taking pics and looking back on them does help.

  5. This is so hard! Especially now that my daughter is 6 and has very strong opinions about which projects she absolutely MUST keep… which is pretty much all of them. Her artwork is taking over my home! I love all the “family portraits,” though. Thanks for linking up at the Manic Mondays blog hop! Hope to see you at the next one 🙂

    1. hmm…I’m sure I will get there too when she’s 6yrs or older about wanting to keep everything. Right now I do it mostly when she’s not around so hopefully she doesn’t notice. There are so many art projects she often doesn’t even notice what’s missing 🙂

  6. I have 5 kids and quickly realized that I could not possibly store their art work.
    I take photographs of most of their work and then make photo cards that I use for letter writing and thank you notes. On the back of the card I write the child’s first name , year, and their age. These make great stationary, keepsakes and gifts! As the kids have gotten older, they have made great fundraisers as well!

    1. Love the photo card idea Bekki! I’m going to give that a try as well. So much more personal than the store bought cards!!

  7. I have been wondering what to do with my son’s art. He started this school this past January and it is already filled with so much art. I cannot imagine when my daughter starts 🙂 . I have been looking up ideas

  8. I still have all of my kids arts from when they were in Kindergarten LOL they are all in high school now 🙂
    This is a great idea… but today having my kids hold their arts and laugh at it and try to read it etc. is precious to me. I don’t know what I will do in the future with it. They are in plastic bins in basement.

    1. That’s great that they are able to see their own work now and get so much enjoyment out of it as highschoolers. I hope to have the same experience in the years to come!

    1. I recall my first sort of all the artwork took a while but once you get into the habit it doesn’t take as much effort. Good luck!

  9. This is a great idea! Once you take the pictures you could actually make a printable, framed picture of all the pics – like a collage. A great way to keep all the memories without all the clutter!

  10. I plan on making a scrapbook out of all of them. Your idea is great though especially with access to making Photo Books on Shutterfly. I am a borderline hoarder too so going your route may be the best solution for me. Hahaha! Thank you for sharing at #MommyMeetUpMondays.

    1. I can relate – I have some hoarder tendencies too 🙂 I love the photo book idea, I’ll have to look into doing that – takes up a lot less space!

  11. This is such a great idea! I do something similar when going through clothes and other items. I take a photo of me in the outfit or of whatever item it is that I’m having a hard time getting rid of. I never thought of doing that for art projects and stuff!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

    1. Didn’t think of this for clothes…no that I have bins of still 🙂 Guess I better get sorting and snapping pics! Thanks for the suggestion.

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