If you have kids, you know how much artwork, schoolwork, and projects they bring home on a regular basis. And while there might be some that you want to keep to commemorate how well they’re doing in school and the creativity they possess, you also likely don’t want to have every wall and surface of your home covered in kids’ art. Luckily, there are some things you can do to keep the art that’s meaningful without having it take over your house.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three things to do with all your kids’ art and schoolwork that gets brought home.
Create A Memory Box
For projects that take up more room than just your standard piece of paper, one option you might want to use is to create a memory box for your children. This can be as big or as small as you’d like, as long as you’re able to house every paper or piece of art that you and your children decide to keep.
The great thing about using a memory box is that you’re able to keep everything contained to a very specific area. And, as you have more kids or your kids get old and create more work that you want to keep, you can either upgrade to a bigger box or use boxes for certain years of school that they are in.
Have Them Bound
If you don’t have a lot of room for extra boxes around your house but you do have a lot of bookshelves that you can fill up, you can also look into having your child’s work bound together in some way.
For something that’s a bit more permanent, you can have work turned into a spiral bound book that you can keep on the shelves for your kids to flip through whenever they want. Another option is to get three-ring binders and punch holes in the work that you want to keep so that you can group everything together in a relevant binder for each child.
Store Things Digitally
For families that don’t feel the need to keep the actual physical copies of the work that their kids have completed, you can always store things digitally. There are all kinds of apps available for taking photos of kids’ art and storing them in an online database. You can also just take a photo to keep in your own files.
By doing this, not only is the work not taking up any physical space in your home, but you can pull it up and look at it whenever you want. And, if you’ve taken a photo of your child with their work, you can have a whole timeline of their life along with the art, too.
If you don’t have a system for keeping and organizing your kids’ artwork or schoolwork yet, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you come up with a solution that will work for your family.