The other day I showed you our art wall. Truth be told, I did that project almost four years ago! It is still something that makes me smile and I’m so glad I did, it has saved my sanity many times. The kids know if they put something on the fridge it either a) better be important b) needs to be added to the calendar or c) will probably disappear pretty quickly if it doesn’t fall into a or b.
Over the years the art wall has helped us decide if it is something we should keep or not. When projects come home from school, the ones the kids or I deem worthy enough to be framed, go on the art wall. If not, the go straight into the
trash circular file.
As new artwork comes in, we decide what to do with the old artwork. Is it worth saving or was it fun for a little while. What gets saved goes in this drawer with name, month and year on the back.
Then, every summer, typically in August when we start thinking of back to school, everything gets separated by child. I do one last purge and take their whole pile and tuck it away into these legal size expanding files.
Nothing beautiful, but completely functional. Simply stored on a high shelf on the basement until one day I either do something with them or just hand them over once they’ve grown.
In the mean time, I’m just thrilled to have a system that functions smoothly for our family.
Label the box when you first start, labeling it year by year will probably never happen if you’re like me!
How do you handle the constant flow of kids artwork and projects?