If you have kids at home, their schoolwork and artwork invariably get mixed up in your own paperwork. Or at least that’s what I’ve noticed in clients’ homes. My tip for both is to have one large, 66qt or so bin, each for schoolwork and artwork. As the year progresses, put your favorites into each bin. As it gets full, dump it out, remove some of the now less precious papers that were put into the bin earlier in the year and repeat as it gets full again. Ideally you’ll only have a box or two of each to give your child when they graduate high school. No one needs the complete, unedited works unless your school teacher has specifically asked you to save them.
A fun way to honor their work can be to have a display area in the house; maybe it’s:
- A square painted on the way that “frames” whatever art is tacked to it
- A few clipboards nailed to the wall to allow art to be easily swayed out
- A clothesline with 4 or 5 clothes pins to hang art from
Just search “displaying kids’ artwork” on Pinterest and you’ll find hundreds more ideas.
If you don’t have kids, you can apply this idea to a “sentimental papers” box to help help keep those items under control. If you have nothing else to work on today, go delete some emails!