5 Tips to Organize Kids Artwork

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Organizing Tips



Today we are talking about kids artwork. Show me a busy Mom in May who isn’t over run with all those school papers but more importantly all that kids artwork! It changes as they get older but it makes it even more precious because it can be far and few between. May is Memorabilia Month in our year long GO MOM! Organizing Tips Series so check out these 5 tips to help you organize kids artwork.

Display your child’s favorite works of art.

A great way to solve the solve the artwork dilemma is to help your child choose their favorite pieces and put them on display. I’m a big fan of these easy to use photo frames that make it easy to change pictures out on a regular basis. Complete with a mat, they are easily found at most big box stores.

Store kids artwork in a portable storage folder.

Using a portable storage folder is a great way to make kids artwork come alive and also put parameters on how much you keep. Thanks to the handle, kids can carry it wherever they want and its design makes it easy to store in your office too. But what I like most is while its bigger than the frame to store pieces that might not fit in the frame, it makes it easy for you to store only what will fit. Once its too full, then you need to go through and take out what you don’t want to keep. Use just one a year, no more.

Store kids artwork in containers labeled by child.

If you keep originals for all kids artwork, you need a storage container for each of your children. This size is great for storing under beds and accommodating multiple years. And I promise you, at the end of 12 years, it shouldn’t be more than this.

Digitize kids artwork to create photo books.

This is a fantastic trend where you take the artwork, scan the original, upload the pictures, and create customized photo books. Its a great idea that can make it easy to catalog things using minimal space.

Invest in archival storage.

If you are like me and want to keep the originals. When it comes to preserving them long term, invest in archival quality storage and if you match the storage box size of 23x16x5, you’ll match your eventual goal which is to never have more than can fit in that same size box.

So there you go! I hope these tips help you organized your kids artwork this May and we’d love to know…

How do you organize your kids artwork?

We’ve got a great Organized Memorabilia Pinterest Board full of clever ideas from around the web so please stop by for more ideas to help you organize kids artwork and enjoy it too! Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!

Molly

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  1. Nicole Feliciano05-28-13

    Do you have links for the storage boxes?

  2. Molly Gold05-28-13

    Hi Nicole! Thanks for asking =) The plastic storage box that I reference is not currently in production but much like this one found at one of my fav spots for organized awesome The Container Store: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/storage/storageBoxes?productId=10012690&N=71226&Nao=20

  3. Danielle Smith05-28-13

    I love everything about this – on my list for this week to organize are THREE years of kid’s artwork and school work – perfection!

    • admin06-05-13

      Thank you so much Danielle! There is always something in this category on my to-do list but I love working in organized bursts when I need to catch up. Good luck, enjoy the memories and thanks so much for commenting!

  4. Kelly05-29-13

    I have YEARS of artwork to comb through! This is great advice and will make a great summer project for us all!

    • admin06-05-13

      Hi Kelly! I hear you and I think we all have lots of memorabilia waiting for our rare attention =) This is a perfect summer project for your family and I hope you’ll enjoy every minute of those memories while you declutter and save what you all love most. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Jendi05-31-13

    These are all great tips! My favorite is to digitize them. However I’m awful. I get sick of the piles and just throw things away. [hanging head]

    • admin06-05-13

      Thanks Jendi! So glad you enjoyed them and I would expect nothing less from you that digitize is your favorite. I think you are just like the rest of us ~ best laid plans right? You might consider adding “digitize artwork” to your to do list periodically ~ its a great way to stay on track. Thanks for commenting!

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