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Perhaps that’s so, but as the end of the academic year rapidly approaches, parents brace themselves for a mountain of children’s artwork and school/nursery papers!
What should we do with it all? There are countless possibilities for organising and storing kids’ work — here are a few suggestions to pick and choose from…
1. Pick out favourite pieces — write your child’s name and the year on the back
2. Select a few to give to grandparents, aunts or uncles
3. Consider quietly discarding the rest
Displaying kids’ creations
A small ‘clothesline’ with items pegged up is a lovely and inexpensive way to display the artwork in a playroom or kids’ bedroom
Wall-mounted pinboards or clipboards have the advantage of keeping the area under control, encouraging kids to regularly rotate what is on display
Clip frames can be picked up at the supermarket, are a simple way to display your favourite pieces and can be super easy to update
For a lasting display of a precious creation, consider canvas wall art or photo gifts such as mugs, bags or mousemats
Scan a picture and use the image on personalised notecards or notebooks to use throughout the year
2. Filing hard copies
Expandable artist portfolios take up very little room and comfortably accommodate larger items
A ring binder of polypockets (or a display book with plastic pockets) is inexpensive and easy to assemble, keeping everything neat and close to hand for future viewing
Plastic or patterned storage boxes — nice and simple!
A good old-fashioned scrapbook is lovely to flick through
3. Filing digital copies — take photos of your child’s masterpieces then pick and choose from the following. This option works particularly well when it comes to 3D creations!
Photobooks are a great way of storing and sharing memories
A simple digital library on your computer (backed up to the cloud or an external device). One folder per year means filing the images couldn’t be easier
Create a Pinterest board (you can make it secret) with photos of kids’ artwork — doing it via the app ensures it is quick, easily updated throughout the school year and readily accessible. Not to mention it takes up no physical room and it is free — what’s not to love?! If at a later date the kids get their own Pinterest accounts, you can give them access too
Set up a kids’ artwork album in your smartphone’s Photos app. Items can be shared with family or friends and favourites used to create books or prints
Apps such as Artkive or Arkiver allow you to collect and curate photos and other memories
If you do family yearbooks, perhaps intersperse family photos with a few snaps of the kids’ artwork from throughout the year, particularly if they are seasonal
Whichever methods you choose, I recommend keeping a digital back-up of your favourite pieces in case the original copies get damaged or destroyed by fire or flood. It can also be worth doing a purge of artwork once or twice a year to keep it from getting out of hand.
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