“Mommy, come see what I made!”
I think this is one of the most common things I hear come from Jack’s mouth.
And it never gets old. Every time I look at one of his creations, part of can’t help but hope he never loses his creativity.
Because of that, it pains me to throw away anything he makes – I cherish each and every picture he makes or worksheet he brings home from preschool (since most of them involve coloring and creativity!).
However, this often results in papers strewn across the house, and when I get in one of those moods where I just de-clutter everything…some of his art become casualties.
So recently, I decided to try and find the best ways to preserve his art without having it overtake our house. There are a lot of really great ideas, and I think there’s one for everyone.
Here are the five best ways to keep and organize your child’s artwork!
Thank you to Keepy for partnering with us on this post.
How to Organize Your Child’s Artwork
I’ve heard of different friends of mine suggesting this app, but it wasn’t until recently that I finally checked it out.
I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner! This is an awesome way to preserve your child’s artwork, school work, etc. digitally.
This is especially great for keeping those things that you may not necessarily want to display forever on the way, but you also feel guilty about throwing out.
You can snap a photo (and crop out any excess background) of the piece of the keepsake, and then you upload it to the Keepy app. You can also add video, voice, and text so you can remember exactly why you wanted to keep it. I think it’s such a fun idea to let your child describe what it is as well – you can preserve their thoughts and their voices )
It’s a free app (for up to 5 uploads a month), but if you want unlimited, you can pay $2.99 a month or $9.99 a year. You can add additional family members to your account so they can upload and view things as well.
Keepy also has a store where you can print off books and other keepsakes with the artwork.
Try it out for free here! It’s available for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire devices.
Filing Cabinet with File Folders
This is what my mom always did while I was growing up. I would often go into her room (even as a senior in high school), find the file she created just for me, and look at all of the artwork, books I created from school, and even essays I wrote later on that she had kept.
This is one of the simplest ways to preserve memories. You probably have to be a *little* more selective and not keep every last thing, but you can store a lot in a filing cabinet!
You could get a large storage container for each child
Binder with hole punches – children’s artwork portfolio
You can buy a large three ring binder for each of your children, and then just put a hole punch in each item that you want to save. You can have a binder for each year, or you can just put dividers in by age.
Turn kid’s artwork into book
This is a great way to have a way to preserve yours (and your child’s) favorite pieces of artwork. There are many photo book companies out there that could achieve this – and I think it would be fun to have one of these sitting on the coffee table for years to come.
You can often find pretty good deals for these books (especially around the holidays). However, it’s another offering from Keepy! They offer some great photo books, so it makes the process even more seamless!
Hanging Wire/Clothes Line
This is more of a way to display the “best of the best”, but I absolutely loved it. My sister has a hanging wire that she got from IKEA in her kitchen where they display their kids’ artwork.
You can really get a lot up there, and I think this would be a great way to display things throughout the year – and then you can use one of the methods above to preserve it for longer 🙂 Here are a few options for making one yourself.