Organizing Kids Artwork

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.

Since easy access is very important to me, I had to empty one book shelf in the dining area to dedicate it to storing kids artwork.   That’s why the top shelf is so crammed right now. 
When it comes to 3D structures and bigger pieces of art, I take photos of them and put them in scrapbooks.  There are always deals on groupon and other similar sites.  If I have a choice I always go for Shutterfly.  
My favorite size is 12×12 books, but I will go for whatever size is on sale. 
Scrapbook is great because not only you can preserve the work, you can describe in detail the steps taken and the materials used, so you can easily replicate it again and again. 
And then when you have a couple of Scrapbooks you can store them in a nice, heavy duty scrapbook box.  
My kids enjoy looking through their binders and scrapbooks and reminiscing about the times past.  The other day my six-year old was showing his little sister how he was drawing cars in the past and said, “That was in the old times.  Very long time ago.  When I was like five.” 
I hope you find this useful,

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