As a mom, some of my favorite treasures and memories are the crafts the kids make. And during the Christmas season, our children’s artwork adorn our tree, doorways, and fridge. Now that the holidays are over, I have to decide what to do with the various ornaments and crafts.
When it comes to keeping the kids’ work, I have two warring sides: sentimental Jen who loves memories and wants to save every bit of paper the kids draw on, and realistic Jen who can only take so much of craft clutter. I’ve counted no less than 20 new ornaments that the kids brought into the house this year. And this doesn’t take into account paper angels and Santa drawings. Here are a few of my tips for preserving your kids’ Christmas memories without the crazy clutter.
Decide What to Keep and Discard
As a proud mom, it is only natural for me to think that my kids’ artwork is adorable. The problem with this is that if I allowed it, the kids’ artwork would overrun the house. My six-year-old is one of the biggest culprits! He’s an amazing crafter, but he also wants me to save every paper towel roll and piece of cardboard that comes into the house.
So, I’ve developed a system to save some of his masterpieces and discard the rest. But if you have a difficult time throwing artwork away, store it digitally instead. Applications like Artkive are a great tool for archiving your children’s projects. They allow you to enjoy your kids’ works without dealing with the clutter. Whether you’re discarding or keeping an artwork, take a good picture of it first to keep it forever.
Store their DIY Projects
Because crafts come in different forms, there are also several ways to store them. Keep ceramic crafts in a box and store the box in a cool dry place. Make sure to wrap each piece in tissue first to protect the paint that your children have worked hard on. Use file folders to organize paper crafts, and group them according to year, type of artwork, or other categories.