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5 Genius Ways to Save Kids' Artwork (Without the Clutter)

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5 Genius Ways to Save Kids' Artwork (Without the Clutter)

by Julie Ryan Evans

Keepy appIf you have a toddler, you're likely drowning in a sea of artwork. There are probably paintings on your wall, drawings on your refrigerator, and piles of every little paper plate, paper towel roll, and popsicle stick creation they've ever made everywhere.

It's enough to make a clutter-hating mom go mad ... or start throwing things out (shhh!). Of course, then there's the guilt, but there's a point at which enough is enough. Fear not, though, there is a host of great ways to keep the artwork and clear the clutter.

1. Keepy

In a word, this app is: brilliant. It lets you take pictures of any and all art, then organize, share, and save it forever. It will blow your mind ... and open up so much storage space in your home!

2. Make a collage

The Huffington Post has the EASY directions that anyone can follow, but it basically involves tearing up pieces of the artwork and gluing them to a canvas. The result -- one really cool piece of abstract art that holds a lot of memories. 

3. Share It With the World

Another cool app, Art My Kid Made, lets you share your kids' artwork with the world. It's kind of like a kids' social network for artwork.

4. Make a Mini Gallery

This service from Art Eater is beyond cool. It takes 30 pieces of your kids' artwork and turns them into one amazing piece of art. It's expensive for them to do it for you ($547), but I bet some of you crafty types could use it for inspiration and do something similar yourselves.

5. Store it in mailing tubes

If you really want to keep the physical copies of the artwork, storing it in mailing tubes is one of the cleverest ways I've seen to do so. Just roll it up and label them by years. You can also keep one to fill with things for grandma and grandpa and ship it off when it's full.

How do you store your kids' artwork?

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by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 9:34 AM

I admit, I don't keep much.  I scan or take a pic of some pieces & store those on the computer. 

by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM
I was scanning it and saving it on the computer. I need to start again. I keep a few of the pieces in a folder for each kid.
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM
Most of the time it is just coloring book pages that we will hang up on the wall for a bit. But there are a few projects I've got saved just sitting in our desk. With my oldest off to kindergarten in a few days I have though about keeping the few paper crafts they do that can easily fit into a memory box or taking pictures of everything and making a photo album for them...especially the stuff that is harder to keep like the 3d stuff. Then maybe sit down with dd and have her write a paragraph abkut the project.
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by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

 I give most of it to Grandma for safe keeping! :)

by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM
I keep my favorites in a sweater box. I've scanned some in the past but its not the same as having the actual piece.
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by Kaila on Aug. 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I have kept majority of the paper my children have done so far, I have big tubs full that i've put in the attic.  I need sto start scanning though, great idea.  I might look into that keepy app, I wonder if its for Android.

ETA: Keepy says google play coming soon.

by on Aug. 24, 2013 at 5:42 PM

I have a "masterpiece" holder underneath my mantle. I have decorated clothes pins and I hang his pictures up. After about a month, I put them in an under the bed storage container

by on Aug. 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM
I don't keep much it goes on the fridge then after a few months it gets tossed. I've taken pictures of some of my favorite pieces though. My dad still has little clay figures I made him. He used to decorate his office at work with them. Now they are on his mantle and in his home office.
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