SC Johnson Family Economics Blog
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Four Tips for Organizing Your Child's Artwork | Family Economics

By Tanna Clark

One of the most common requests from moms who want to get organized is, “What do I do with all of my child’s artwork?” It is a common problem we all have to deal with. The more kids you have the more stuff they bring home! Don’t feel guilty for not hanging on to it all. Allow yourself to let it go by using these simple ideas.

Creatively keep a writing sample. If you want to track how your child’s handwriting changes over the years create a fun little survey. Have your child write out their name and a favorite memory from the year. Add things like their favorite color or best friend’s name. This is a creative way to take a writing sample and remember the little details at the same time. You can let go of the school papers that you were holding onto just to remember what their handwriting looked like.

Keep the best and throw out the rest. If you are having a hard time deciphering which pieces of art to keep and which to let go, look for the original pieces of art. I personally love those finger paintings and hand prints. Reconsider keeping those precut glued together types of art. Your children didn’t create the whole piece they simply followed directions and glued things together. Keep the items they were able to create on their own.

Take a picture or scan the art. Instead of keeping all of the physical pieces of paper try taking a photo of your favorites. Enlist the help of your child and lay out all of their art from the year. Let them go through and choose five of their favorites, or a number they feel comfortable with. Let them know you will take a picture of the artwork and then you will throw the actual paper out. Before doing so, show them what the art looks like on the computer to ease their worries. Most times they will find it “pretty cool” to see their art in a digital format and be willing to part with the work.

Create a memory book or site. Now that you have thought about what pieces of art you may want to keep, you still have to decide how to store them in a way your children can enjoy them. There are websites available today that will let you turn your photos into scrapbooks. You can take the photos you made of your child’s art and create a book they can enjoy for years to cook. If you want to share the art with the whole family, try creating a blog!

No Comments so far. Be the first to comment.

Post a comment


Please enter your comment.

Example: "Todd from Chicago" or "The Silva's from Texas." To protect your privacy, you may want to use only a first name or nickname
Please read our Terms of Use in the link below.
  • Keep in mind that by submitting stories/comments/pictures/videos, you're confirming that you own them and they're only about you and other family members who have agreed that the content/images may appear on SC Johnson's web site indefinitely and anywhere in the world, without compensating you/them or obtaining any further permission from anyone. You understand that we may include your first name and state as the person making the submission.
  • In addition, as a family company, we support your family's right to privacy. Remember that if you post stories/comments/pictures/videos that include or mention family members - especially those under 18 - you're acknowledging that the items will be online and accessible to anyone on the Internet.
By submitting this form, I'm agreeing to the Terms of Use.
To help prevent spam, please enter the words you see in the box below.

Looking for more great ideas? Visit our Green Choices blog for eco-friendly tips and activities to try with your family.

Visit Green Choices

Every year, millions of plastic trigger bottles end up in landfills. Concentrated refills use less packaging, decrease shipping impacts and reduce waste. Small green choices can make a big difference.

Learn More
© 2018 S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. All Rights reserved Home Privacy Terms of Use Search Site Map