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