How do you decide what priceless artwork to keep during your children’s school years? This is one question I have been battling since my children started school. I truly do cherish my children’s artwork and effort they put forth in showing their love to me and my husband, but it is so hard to determine which piece of work to keep and for how long. In one week, they can come home with at least twenty different creations that are valuable to them. I have listened to other moms who have found a variety of solutions to this dilemma.
- Have your children decide what to keep and what to discard. (My children would likely end up wanting to keep them all.)
- Set a limit; allow the children to keep a certain amount of artwork each week.
- Keep want you want and throw the rest away without them knowing.
At this point in time, I have been following example #3. This strategy has not come without its fair share of trouble when my children have found them in the trash. “Mommy, why are you throwing away my papers? I made them for you.” That stings a little bit. It looks like I need to try a different tactic.
Once a decision has been made of what to keep and what not to keep, I’ve had trouble organizing it. Out of convenience, I have put the papers of all three of my children in one container. I decided I needed a better system. After much research, I came up with a simple method to organize each child’s artwork by year. I have now given each child their own container for safe keeping. I know when my children have grown I will miss their artwork. If nothing else, their artwork will serve as a reminder of their love and affection. One day, I will return their artwork to them when they have a home of their own and they can see how small their handprint was when they were young.
How do you decide what to keep or discard? How do you organize it all?