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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