piles and piles of artwork

Our little apartment is being overrun by artwork and papers sent home from school/daycare. I want to preserve the artwork without having to save bins full of papers that nobody will ever look at again.

I try to keep to a bit of a routine…

  • Anything that is ripped out of a coloring book is tossed. Sorry girls. So far, nobody has even noticed. I would rather have a blank refrigerator than Hello Kitty or Lollaloopsy staring at me while I cook.
  • Artwork that the girls are proud of is either put on display on the fridge/bulletin board or put in a drawer for photo documentation when I have time or when the drawer gets so full that I can’t shut it anymore.
  • I take a photo of every piece of art before it goes into the trash/recycling/gift pile (he he!) with the intention of someday making a poster like this…childrenartwork

I do get rid of a lot of their stuff but I do also have a big bin that is almost full. Here is a current sampling of the girls’ artwork from the last camera download…DSCN2636



I asked Squirmy who’s in this picture. “It’s Aiden and me, marrying.” Well, SHE looks happy! :)


What do you do with your kids’ artwork?





4 Responses to piles and piles of artwork

  1. Jenny 02/14/2014 at 7:44 am #

    I have similar thoughts as you on what is worthy of saving. With a 10, 8, 4 and almost two year old my boxes are full. My ideas if I ever get to them are to decorate my sewing room wall with the colorful masterpieces that have come home from specific art classes. And the other idea I have is to make a photo book through walgreens or snapfish of my favorites. That poster is a very cool idea. I don’t have a lot of wall space.

    • Mariah 02/14/2014 at 8:10 am #

      I really like the photo book idea too, Jenny!

  2. Donna 02/14/2014 at 1:17 pm #

    I take pictures of them and put them in albums (in theory anyway. I’m really far behind.) I use Project Life. Here’s a video if you’re interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvFjiDcbpXg
    Skip to 22:30 to see what it looks like if you don’t want to watch the whole thing.

  3. Amber 02/14/2014 at 1:55 pm #

    What a fantastic idea Mariah – thanks for sharing! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your beautiful girls!

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