Three scribbles and it’s a masterpiece. Don’t you dare to throw it away, mom! And not that I don’t like my kids artwork. I really really do! It’s just that there is so much of it! If this struggle is familiar to you, read on. I will share what we tried over the years and what stuck.
One thing to consider in picking an organizing system is that it has to be in tune with your temperament. I like to do things fast. I like things to be consistent and neat. I would rather spend on organizing five minutes every day than one hour at the end of the week.
The first thing we tried was Magazine Files. One for each child. As soon as the art session was over, art either went on a cork board (see pic at the top of this post) or into the Magazine Files. It was fast. It was easy. The only problem was that paper was getting bend and it was not stored chronologically. So we moved on to the next system.
Our next system was a 3-ring, 3-inch Heavy Duty Binder with Clear Sheet Protectors. One for each child. It turned out to be so successful that we are still using it to this day. It’s good for paintings, drawings and small projects.