Take digital pictures of your kid's artwork so you can toss the originals
To remedy the huge pile of art I've been accumulating, I take a picture of each piece the kids bring home from school. Of course I keep the treasures (see above) but most art creations end up as a digital copy and then go to the recycling bin.
So simple, and yet I've never done this. My daughter looks pained every time I ask her to weed through her art projects, and this hack puts all the emphasis on the saving, not the throwing away. Yes!
I also want to encourage you to visit Melanie's blog, Every Day One Photo. Here's why she does it:
I never made baby books, so I might as well document our lives by posting... every day, one photo. I'm just trying to make sure we remember the days of our (young?) family life, and wondering if one day I will wish that I could go back to the time where the worst part of my day was asking the kids to pick up their toys or hoping they eat the broccoli I made for dinner.
Like her hack, simple, but so powerful.
We've got several hacks for culling, displaying or repurposing the kid art collection, including creating an art gallery in the garage, using it in decoupage projects, and turning it into wrapping paper and gift tags.
How do you organize/deal with/display your kid's art?