Task 38 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – Kids Artwork, Drawings and Creations

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

It’s week 38 of my Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge. If you haven’t signed up yet, join me today as I help you remove all those things in your home you no longer need or use.

Purging kids artwork would have to be one of the hardest decluttering tasks! When my kids were younger I used to get little scraps of paper with notes, beautiful drawings, huge pieces of butchers paper with scribbles all over, and cardboard creations. Unfortunately I couldn’t keep them all – so what did I do with them? I get asked this all the time…

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Decluttering Task #38

Kids Artworks, Drawings and Creations

It’s hard letting go of your child’s creations, but there are often so many artworks and some are simply better than others. When my kids were younger I’d display their art on the wall, and when I took them off I’d decide to keep it or throw it. If it wasn’t truly special I’d put it in the recycle bin when they weren’t looking. The ones to keep went into a box I had dedicated for each of the kid’s artworks (I got these from kikki.K a few years ago).

Get into the habit: When kids come home with their creations, display as you need, purge or place straight into the box allocated for their drawings.

Boxes storage for organising kids artworks

TODAY’S TASK: PURGE AS MANY KIDS ARTWORKS AS YOU CAN

Note: My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit

  • Look at your collection of kid’s artworks, drawing and creations and see what storage solutions aren’t working.
  • Go through each creation and keep only those that you love (be that because it’s bright and colourful, has a lovely sentiment, or features a happy memory).
  • For artworks you’re not sure whether to keep or purge, consider taking a photo so you will always have the memory, and then purge.
  • Consider which ones you want to showcase (check out the ideas below on how you can do this).
  • Add any new and/or current storage products to your cupboards to help you keep the artworks organised.
  • My School Years File Box can help you to organise your kid’s artworks based on age and year.

IDEAS FOR SHOWCASING KIDS ARTWORKS

I often go through the kid’s art boxes when I have time, and use their artworks in fun and creative ways (like this artwork wall!):

creative kids artwork wall - framed artworks

When my kids were younger at our old house, I created an artwork wall to showcase some of their creations, but there are lots of other creative ideas too:

  • Use as wrapping paper
  • Post to grandparents, aunts or uncles
  • Laminate and use as a placemat
  • Scan and save as wallpaper on your computer

I really REALLY loved my artwork wall!

Kids artwork wall with framed art

GO DIGITAL

The wonderful people in my community have shared some fantastic tips for decluttering children’s artwork by going digital!

  • “I take a photo of them before they are thrown away. Ive saved them to a Pinterest board… but you can display then all on a digital photo frame.” – Rachael C.
  • “You could try an app like ‘Artkive’, that lets you scan them in and tag them per child etc.” – Andrea F.
  • “I take photos of all of it and then purge most of it, I have to do this quite regularly so I’m ahead of them.” – Sarah S.

  SHOP: School Memories Pack

Back to school organising school years file box

How many items have you been able to purge today?

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6 comments

Deej September 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM

I bought this exact type of box and a label maker and I am currently pulling out all of the kids school things and putting them into one area so I can start putting them in each of their boxes. Such a great idea to have this in one box so when they move out they can access it or take it if they want to. I love it. Its contained – kept safe and not going to get ruined, and easy to find! I cannot wait to put this together!!
The kids both have a box to keep their art in or notes or bits of paper or invitations or whatever, and when its getting full they go through it and take some out . We haven’t done that for a while so it would be good to do that again!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 19, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Deej I couldn’t agree more! Creating these boxes saved me from so much clutter, and you’re right, they are a great keepsake for the kids when they are older. Have fun organising the kids school things 🙂 Kat x

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Melissa Robinson September 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

I took a photo of each piece of work and created a photo display keepsake book for the kids to view and keep. I also sprinkled with photos of themselves at Kinder etc!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 23, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Melissa I love this – thank you for sharing! What a gorgeous keepsake. Kat x

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Yvette Croft September 25, 2019 - 7:49 AM

What do you do with the kids birthday cards? I have folder for each year for each child, but I’m working towards the school memories box you have shared. But I’m just not sure what to do with their birthday cards.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 3, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Yvette I have a box for each child where I store their cards in chronological order. I only keep the cards that are sentimental (e.g. from Grandparents) or that have nice messages inside – these are both really nice for the kids to look back on 🙂 When I was younger, my mum used to cut out the pictures on the front of the cards we weren’t keeping and re-salvage them as swing tags for gifts. I hope these ideas help! Kat x

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