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  1. Taryn

    My ex-husband’s mother takes it all. I keep what I want and the rest, including his schoolwork, goes in a file folder for her. He’s 8 and now in second grade and she has been doing this since preschool. Let her dispose of it. She lives in TX(a 15 hour drive from us) so she can get rid of it a lot easier than I can.

    My parents still have ornaments I made in girl scouts or at school as long as they are still intact.

  2. Arianne

    These are great ideas! I have an ever accumulating pile of papers from school/home from my kids (the first just started Kindergarten), and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them.

    My mom saved a LOT of our stuff, and I remember being a high schooler and finding an old Christmas tree decoration I had made at the local art museum as a child. I asked my mom why she still used it, and she said, incredulously, “Because you *made* it, honey!!” At that point, everything had fallen off of it, and it was little more than a hunk of clay on a hook…so hilarious! I had to have a little intervention right there and implore her to go ahead and throw it out. Even she admitted sheepishly that, ok, it was time to go through the decorations and get rid of some like that. So so cute!

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    Each kid has their own corkboard on which they post their artwork, A papers, etc. They need to clean it off after every semester and can save a few pieces they are very proud of in a box under their bed. The nicest pieces of artwork get laminated and hung in our garage. They brighten up the boring walls and I save money by laminating instead of framing.

  4. Jen Singer

    It’s official: I have the most clever readers on the Internet. Thanks all!

  5. Jennifer

    Each of my girls has a special box where they get to choose which artwork they can keep for the special box.

    Some art gets divided up and set to the grandparents and aunts & uncles. (Let it clutter up their fridge! LOL!)

    Seasonal artwork will get boxed up with the rest of the decorations and displayed during the appropriate holiday.

    I also take photos and sometimes will make them into notecards to send to family on birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

    Coloring book pages? Gone with the next week’s recycling.

    I LOVE the idea of making of book of their greatest hits though! That’s a great idea!

  6. Stacey Crew

    Each year, I designate one (labeled) box (the size of a boot box) for my kids school work, including any artwork. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t get saved. (At the end of the year, I store it in the attic.) Generally, when it begins to get packed with stuff, I go through and toss what felt like it was important months earlier and leave room for what’s to come. It’s all about how much space you’re willing to give to something, in this case artwork. No need to let the whole house be overrun by kid paraphernalia of any kind. They don’t pay the bills, right? :-)

  7. Allison

    My 3 year old started preschool in September, and let me tell you, the art projects they do are so cute and imaginative. The only ones I’ve thrown away are the ones that my 12 month old has gotten hold of and destroyed. But the pile of artwork IS building up. I think I’m going to put them in a “Memories” box and put it in the attic.

    My daughter also does a lot of your run-of-the-mill (sorry, honey!) crayon/marker/Color Magic drawings at home. What I’ve begun to do is ooh and aah over them, then put them in the bag with our gift bags, wrapping paper, etc. When I am wrapping a small gift for a family member, I use the artwork as wrapping paper. They LOVE it, and it’s kind funny to see their inner battle of, “Okay, it’s her artwork, so I should keep it, but how do I open it w/o tearing it? What do I do?” But seriously, it saves me money on wrapping paper, and my daughter is so proud to give the gifts to people. Worked at Christmas with 2/3 of our gifts. It was a hit. Then I don’t have to deal with all the artwork! :)

  8. Tonya Staab

    Congratulations to Nick on having his artwork on display for everyone to admire.

    I don’t keep our kids artwork either. I have a wall in the play room with large clips that holds about 6 pieces per child. I take things off and hang new artwork as it comes home from preschool, the old artwork is photographed, then thrown away. The thought of having boxes and boxes of artwork in the garage is enough to drive me mad. At the end of the year, I make a ‘coffee table’ book for each child out of about 25 pieces of very special artwork that I loved from throughout the year using various mediums.

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