Clutter Begone: Kids Artwork and Crafts

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One of the things that is a constant source of clutter around our house are the kids schoolwork, artwork, and projects. Like most moms, I feel so guilty throwing that stuff away. But at the same time, I know that in 10, 15, or 20 years I won’t care about every single project they ever colored.

Over the summer, I found this great organizing tool on Pinterest that helped me create a filing system for the kids artwork. You can read about that project here.

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While there are certain things that I want to keep hard copies of, most of the artwork is not really worth keeping (sorry, kids…). But some of it would be great to remember looking back.

Enter ArtKive.

I found this awesome app through Pinterest, too. It is easy to use and FREE! This app lets you take pictures of your kids artwork and then categorize the pictures by child and year in school. Then, you can print books at the end of each school year with pictures of all their art projects in them.

I downloaded the app this weekend and took my first picture. Bean made this great cow arts and craft project in school this week. It stands up by itself, though, and if I tried to save it in his file folder, it would just get crushed. So instead, I took a picture using ArtKive.

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When you take the picture, it asks you to classify it so that the picture can be filed correctly.

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To me, the best part about ArtKive is that you can give the artwork books to people as gifts. These would make great Christmas presents each year for Grandparents or even caregivers and teachers. I love the idea of actually DOING something with all these projects, instead of either throwing them away or shoving them in a file (though, I’ll actually be doing both those things, too…).  I’m so excited to use this app!

If you liked this post, be sure to check out the other two posts in the Clutter Begone series on organizing a mail center and organizing a coupon system. 

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8 Thoughts to “Clutter Begone: Kids Artwork and Crafts”

  1. This is so cool. I love that you can save it electronically. I have a little tiny guy, but would tou believe that he akreay came home with a painted paper plate pumpkin in his bag that the other lids “helped” make? Just wondering how good the quality would be for a Photobook? I’ve never printed photos from my phone.

  2. Mae

    I love this! I’ve got a 3 year old too who comes home every week with art work, which is currently sitting in a very large pile on the counter b/c I can’t get rid of them.

  3. Kat

    I’ve read u can do it but never got the name of the app! THANKS!
    We’ve been sneaky and mailing the artwork to our parents. LOL They get all excited to get something from P while I hate keeping stuff like that around.

  4. mindy

    oh i have that too!! i also love that after you take a picture you can share it with your “circle” i’ve already made a book through mypublisher so i will probably stick to that. still a great app though! today i discovered the red stamp app! never have to buy & send cards again if you don’t want too! so fun!!

  5. What a cool app! And you inspired me to buy a little file pocket kind of thing to hopefully keep on the fridge, with receipts (I think). First, to make a spot on the fridge… 😛

  6. Is it okay to say I just want to kiss you? I don’t even know you. But this is going to make my life so much easier! I love this. I’m downloading the app right now!

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