Back-To-School Tips for Storing Your Child’s Artwork
With each passing week, parents of elementary school-aged children feel a rising sense of foreboding: what are we going to do with all this paper? Drawings, paintings, even adorable hand-written pages are certainly treasures that you want to hang onto. But how can you keep your home in order as the piles of paper grow and grow? Hang on – we’ve got a few ideas to help you maintain a sense of order.
Step 1: A Proud Display
No matter how you hang it: on your fridge, a corkboard, or even strung with clothespins on a piece of twine, nothing makes your child prouder than seeing their work on display. So let your children’s work take an honored place in your home. While it hangs there, try to think of ways that they can hear you say how much you love their work – whether you praise them directly, or let them overhear you speaking about their work to others.
Step 2: Time to Sort
If you run out of space in your display area, start taking down items that are older and tired, making room for new pieces. Place their work in a portfolio or file box for safekeeping. It’s best to let items collect a bit, as it will be more time-effective to sort through things as a stack instead of one at a time. A good time to sort is when progress reports or report cards come home.
Clear an area for you to work in, and label piles with sticky notes so you keep things organized while you work. Label each pile: Archive, Photograph, Mail, Recycle, Trash.
To Archive: There are several ways you can store artwork or reports to keep them safe and sound. Some parents like to use scrapbooks with plastic sleeves to protect the pages. Others have found that a three-ring binder and sheet protectors work just as well. If the work is particularly special or sentimental, nothing beats placing the work in a frame and hanging it on the wall.
To Photograph: For works that you want to remember, but not necessarily keep, some parents have had success with this idea: have your child proudly hold the work up, then photograph it. Have the photo printed, then keep the photos tucked away in an album. The great thing about this idea is that you have a memory of the way your son or daughter looked along with the artwork as well!
Step 3: It’s OK to Let Go
To Mail: Don’t forget loved ones when you’re thinking of what to do with all the papers. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and other loved ones will really appreciate being remembered. So share the love, and send a few pieces each term to family and friends who will enjoy having an original piece of art. To make the gift even more special, have your son or daughter write a message on the back.
To Recycle/Dispose: Sadly, not every piece can realistically be kept. So set a limit for yourself of what you’ll keep each term, and remind yourself that it’s ok to let go. If the art is made entirely of paper, it’s a great idea to recycle it; otherwise, the work should be disposed of properly. Check with your waste disposal company to find out about art that may contain mylar, foil, foam, and other materials.
Storage Solutions that Work for You
Once you have the schoolwork sorted and organized, do you have a handy place to store it? In every home, great storage is important for stress-free living, and at Home Decor Solutions, we have great tools to help you get the closets you’ve always dreamed of. Reach out to us and we can help you make your home more storage-friendly – from closet systems to 3D design, we’ve got the help you need.