I can guarantee you Pablo Picasso's mother threw away his childhood art projects from time to time. So don't feel guilty for not hanging on to every single finger-painting that gets sent home from school. But what on earth do you do with the mountain of artwork you end up keeping? The way we see it, you have 4 options:
1) Trash it. Again, not EVERY single thing needs to be kept. Sometimes a piece of paper will come home from school with a vague blue line of scribble and the teacher has written in Stella's name and the date. This isn't a scheduled art project - it is just what she did for 45 seconds before moving on to something else.
2) Store it. You can get a file box of any size, color, or material, and dedicate it solely to art projects. Some examples of art to store: Anything with handprints or footprints, drawings of the family or family members, Mother's Day / Father's Day projects, holiday themed art.
3) Display it. Sometimes your child makes something so cute, or so GOOD, that it really should be framed or put on display. Kids art is often a great addition to a playroom, child's bedroom, or a framed piece in your office. Just be selective so your house doesn't look like a wing at the Children's Museum.
4) Artkive it. This is my absolute favorite new trick for storing, keeping, and even displaying kids art projects. It's an app that you download (for $4.99), and it lets you take a picture of each piece, tag which child it belongs to, write descriptions, and save it to your online archive. My favorite part is that you can use the images to make coffee table books, calendars, etc. Compiling an annual book of your children's artwork is a great clutter-free way to keep the art forever - and (spoiler alert, mom) it makes great grandparent gifts!