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The organized parent: Displaying and saving artwork

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Artwork, however, gets a category of its own. It’s hard to toss those first hand -drawn stars and the homemade 3D sculptures made of toilet paper rolls and acorns.

Suggestion? A clothesline with clips. It takes up a limited amount of space and the art gets nice display. After it hangs for a while, you will know what to throw away. In the meantime, your child gets his own gallery showing.

Strisik’s favorite idea: Take pictures of the artwork. Then hop onto and create one of their easy photo books. “Kids are very visual,” she said. “That project might take a half hour. But it could get into a book and they have for rest of their lives.”

Perhaps her most home-hitting piece of advice for me: “Think about what you want to pass on to that child,” she said. My parents’ attic is filled with every piece of art, good paper or report card my brother and I ever got, in large stand-up filing cabinets. Some of it will be great to keep, but most needs to be tossed. And those cabinets certainly don’t fit into the tiny crawl space we call storage at my house.

Let me know: What are your paperwork practices at home? How do you display and save your children’s artwork?

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Amy Joyce is the editor and a writer for On Parenting.


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