If your kids are anything like mine, you get 3,000 drawing a day plus what they make at school! I have so many kids pictures it’s not even funny! I went back and forth on how to organize them and have used the same simple solution for the last year. It is seriously super simple and very easy to keep up with. It also doesn’t take up too much space to store.
That neat box above is just a file box. It is designed to hold hanging folders. I bought a bunch of folders and labled one folder per child per year.
As the kids bring home work, I go through it and set aside what I want to keep. What do I keep?? Well, I try to keep a nice sample of work from them: some writings, some drawings, and some school papers. Don’t feel bad about getting rid of some! I used to teach first grade I and know first hand how many papers come home everyday. Just sort through them using your best judgement and place them in the folders, oldest in the front. I also write the child’s name and date the work was done on the papers before I file them. As the kids have gotten older and are in school, I have had to make two folders per year.
I just label the folder with the child’s name, year and grade level. I have one box so far and it has fit quite a bit in it! Mine starts from 2007 when my oldest was two and started drawing pictures for me and goes through the current date. It is now 100% full so by the end of summer, I will get my second box and get ready to fill it with more work!
How to do you organize your kids beloved art work? If you try this system out, I’d love for you to comment and let me know!