Storing Kids’ Artwork

Does anyone out there have a great system for storing their kids’ artwork and school papers? The stuff piles up so quickly! And I don’t know about you, but it usually accumulates on my kitchen counter. It seems like I’m constantly battling the clutter on my countertop.

I thought I had a decent system established last year, but as it turns out, I really didn’t. I had purchased a couple of over-sized expandable file folders for their kindergarten work, but this school year I dreaded filing the papers away, because oversized or not, it was tough to get some of the artwork into the folder compartments. As a result, I occasionally moved the overwhelming pile from my countertop to the top of a desk upstairs, and there the pile sat…and grew…from September until last week {March}! That’s pretty bad, and it was a pretty big pile.

But I think I may have a workable system now. I’ve been experimenting with some craft projects that use scrapbook paper, and I purchased a plastic container to hold and protect the paper.  The container was 40% off at Michaels so I thought I got a pretty good deal. I was putting the container away in my upstairs hall closet and got a glimpse of the pile of artwork and school papers on the desk and thought, hmmmmm, I bet most of that stuff would fit into one of these…and the ball started rolling. And would you believe, the next week those containers were on sale for 50% off, so I stocked up.

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I took the time to make some fun labels for each container which will allow me to quickly identify whose artwork it holds and from what year in school.

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My plan is to have one container per child per school year, or as long as they are needed. Once the school year is over, they will get stored on the top shelf of each kid’s closet. During the school year, they fit nicely into my hallway closet, which also holds pictures, scrapbook supplies and games. I can add to them easily, so the piles of clutter will {hopefully} be no more.

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I did sort through the artwork and discard some, but I took pictures of it first and will include those photos in the storage container. Chances are, I will not point these photos out to my kids right away though, because they never take it well when I throw ANYTHING away.

Even ROY G. BIV fits in these containers, after one little fold.

Even ROY G. BIV fits in these containers, after one little fold.

Do you have any storage solutions that are working well for you? Please share them below. We can all use a good idea on controlling the clutter.

7 comments

  1. Roger says:

    Hi, Laury and Ken and the kids.

    What a nice looking website!

    Very well done blog.

    Roger

    • lgroh says:

      Thank you very much Roger. I’m actually looking forward to the day when I can hopefully upgrade the design of my blog, but this will work for now.

  2. Connie says:

    It is great when you have storage room. It adds up fast! The next thing will be to get them to take it with them when they move out.;-)

    • lgroh says:

      ha, ha, ha, I see where you’re going with that Mom. I think I have all my school stuff here, but let me know if not. Yes, having some space for it is really nice. I did have to rearrange the closet a bit to make space.

  3. Suzi says:

    Love this idea. I have been caught to many times throwing projects away.

    • lgroh says:

      Hi Suz! Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂 Yah, I took the pictures and disposed of all the evidence while the kids were at school. I think I’ll show them the pictures as far down the road as I can, after they’ve hopefully forgotten all about the originals. 🙂

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