Anyway, switching gears - I wanted to answer a question that has popped up quite a bit from time to time. "What do you do with your kids' school work?" My previous post touched on this so I thought I'd wrap it up with this post.
I LOVE my kids' artwork (what mom doesn't!?) but it can sure be overwhelming because they come home with SO much. The stuff I hang on to always falls in one of these categories:
A) Shows their personality
B) Shows their growth in a certain area
C) Speaks to me and makes me smile
Everything else gets trashed. Of course, before I trash a lot of it, I display it all over the house. I display things in the playroom...
And the door to our garage is always covered with happy art work...
Here's my very own Vanna White (or maybe Princess Leia?) showcasing her originals.
hutch organization post, I showed these boxes on the right side of my hutch for keepsakes. I don't have a picture to share, but the left side of this hutch is where I store seasonal artwork. Next November I'll hang up my girls' artwork from previous Novembers. They love to see their past work displayed each season. Plus it gets us all excited about the upcoming holiday!
The stuff that I really treasure (usually written work that shows my girls' personalities) I save for their scrapbooks. You all know the new system I've developed to keep this work organized!
Everything I want my girls to have, I try to some how work into their scrapbooks (Project Life albums). I fell in love with the Project Life albums because of that very reason - such a great way to incorporate everything I want my girls to have as keepsakes. (Updated school file folders here)
I think having these hand prints of Ellie's on her first day of Kindergarten displayed with pictures from that day makes the memory extra special.
I bought one for each of the girls (5 bucks at Target) and hope one is all I need. I really try to keep this in mind when saving school work: How much do I really need to save? My mom saved a couple of boxes of stuff for me from my school days and I treasure it all, I really do. But how often do I look at it? Not that often. I look through my childhood photo album a lot more than I go through my box of school work. I really don't want to hand my kids' 20 boxes and 20 albums full of their childhood (which would be easy for me to do!). At some point when this box is getting too full, I'll go through it and decide what's really worth hanging on to.
So that is my system! Some on the walls, some stored as seasonal decor, some in their albums, some in storage bins, and the rest (about 85% of it) gets recycled.
What about you? Any other fun ideas/systems for saving kids' school work?
Any other fun ideas/systems for getting your house to clean itself? Keep dreamin'...right? :)