Organizing my Child’s “Life on Paper”

March 27, 2012 § 4 Comments

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It’s almost the end of the school year and I sit here staring at a giant pile of artwork from my daughter’s last year in preschool. What do I do with this mess?!? Er, I mean the beautiful masterpieces she creates on a daily basis…

I’ve actually developed a system that I think works like a charm!

For each child you have, go to the store and buy a bin that holds a large number of hanging file folders. Preferably, get the legal sized ones because artwork never seems to be 8.5×11. Then label the folders as follows:

– Pregnancy (Or adoption papers)

– School/Daycare Forms

– Receipts (for items you might want to return or have a warranty on)

– Vaccinations

– Doctor Visits

– A folder for each activity your child does (soccer, dance, etc.)

– And then a folder for every year until your child graduates from High School. This folder will mostly be for artwork, or as they get older, for really well done homework.

My mom also did an amazing thing that I would suggest to any parent. She kept a running Word document and every time a big event happened in my life or a significant illness or injury, she would add it to the document along with the date. That way I could look back on my life and see when everything happened— vacations, awards, broken arms and fun memories all documented for me to have for the rest of my life! If you can do this, make a file folder for that too.

Then, find a place in your house off the beaten path to store that box, and every time your child(ren) come home from school just chunk that big collection of artwork from the day (after carefully admiring each detail, mind you) into a growing pile. After a month (or year… whatever you can stand), go through the art and pick the few pieces that go in your bin to remember and maybe one or two to frame or display in your house. I have found if I wait for a big collection of artwork to go through, it is easier for me to pick out the few best pieces to keep.

While browsing the internet, I found a few fun ideas and blogs about how to display the exceptional art pieces:

Children’s Artwork Display Solutions

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Ten Creative Ways to Display Children’s Art

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Easily Change out your Child’s artwork with these frames

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Custom Poster

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A Clock of Art by Dutch by Design

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Have a book Made – By Artimus Art

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Gallery Wall – Great blog post with classy ideas

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