When it comes to artwork, I feel like every parent has an excessive amount hiding in their home somewhere. And keeping that art under control can seem tricky. I am breaking down ways to create kids’ art storage and organizing kids’ papers that make sense for anyone!
Deciding What To Keep
The very first thing you have to do when going through kids’ artwork is to decide what to keep and what you don’t need to save. I always ask one question with every piece of artwork: The One Question You Should Ask Before Decluttering Kids’ Artwork.
I also encourage my kids to ask questions about their artwork as well. This helps them decide what they want to keep and what they can part with. I typically don’t ask them if they want to keep something as soon as they bring it home. Which is why we have a storage area to display artwork.
Storing Kids Art To Display
We have a few systems for storing and displaying artwork. Because we have a few options, it works for the types of work my kids bring home from school.
Hanging pictures on the DIY Picture Holder is where most drawings get hung after the kids take them out of their backpacks. Once the picture holder gets full, we sort through the drawings. It is an easy visual to see when we need to declutter the art.
Another display option is to use Artwork Frames that can easily add artwork by opening the frame to add pictures on top of each other.
A Clipboard Wall is another helpful way to display artwork. Attach clipboards to the wall and allow the kids to display their artwork to the clipboards. This is similar to the DIY Picture Holders.
Or use a wire picture holder with clips for displaying kid’s artwork.
Saving Favorite Artwork
When it comes to saving artwork, I love creating a Sentimental Storage Box for each family member. The artwork the family member wants to keep goes into this box. When the box gets full, you can go through and declutter things to only keep the items that are special to them.
I suggest keeping a special box of artwork you love that your kids’ made for you. This will help them have a box of things that are meaningful to them while you keep your own box in a different location.
Workbook For Decluttering Sentimental Items
Sentimental items are those special items you have in your home. But they might not always be special to you.
Maybe they are special to someone else in your family. Maybe you are holding onto items you know you should part with. Maybe you have too many special items.
So how can you part with items that you don’t find useful? The Workbook for Decluttering Sentimental Items is your 30 page guide.
Making Memory Books
The artwork you just cannot part with but don’t need to hold onto the physical items should be turned into a memory book. I use ChatBooks for this purpose. Use code: SHARECB to get 20% off at checkout!
To get the best pictures for your books, I suggest getting a white piece of tag board.
- Lay the tag board near a window or door.
Set one piece of artwork on the tag board.
Clean off phone camera.
Then take the picture.
Add that picture into a folder on your phone named “Artwork”.
Repeat this process for each piece of artwork.
Then you can create a ChatBook by linking that folder to the book! So easy.
More Kids’ Art Storage Posts You Will Love
While these are the easiest ways I have found to create storage for kids’ art, I have more tips you will love below.
How To Organize and Store Kids’ Artwork– suggestions for additional ways to organize kids’ artwork.
What To Do With Kids’ Artwork– ways to upcycle and store kids’ artwork
Reader Request: Storing Children’s Artwork– a reader requested ways to organize artwork, so I am sharing some suggestions.
Paper Plan– instead of trying to organize all the papers alone, get the plan to help you keep things streamlined.
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