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    What do you do with all your kids' crap?

    Pictures, craft projects, sticks, boxes, puppets, more pictures...

    All lovingly created by your precious children. Generally out of junk.

    Where do you store it? What sort of grace period does it get before you trash it?

    Do you hoard it in a basement or attic?
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    Ideas:

    https://nourishingminimalism.com/cur...craft-clutter/

    Best idea so far:

    Limited, designated storage/display areas

    Once those are full, if one comes in one must go out.

    If a stack had accumulated, pick the best artwork, take a picture of the kid next to it, and then toss it.

    Anything that's left out can be thrown away.

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    I save a certain percentage of it. There's a dedicated storage space right now upstairs for the things that have been designated for saving. The older kid now is capable of pretty cool big pieces, some of which are displayed in his room.

    Down the line I was thinking of sorting by year and using artkive or whatever the service is that will turn it into a book for you. Taking a picture of it yourself is easier and serves the same purpose.

    Most stuff gets thrown out almost immediately after I've oohed and ahhed over it. They crank out too many things from preschool/school to bother with most of it. My kids don't pay attention to where their stuff goes after they've finished it (as long as they don't see it in the trash, they're good).

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    Shove it all in the closet and throw away anything that falls out

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    My mom has pictures I painted in third grade framed and hung in the dining room. She has some sculptures I did in middle school in her china cabinet and also around decorating the house. The paper cards, certificates, and other creations, she's kept in the drawers of the China cabinet. I'm 30 and she has this stuff still on hand.

    My daughter's only two, but I plan on hanging onto her creations in a tote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flurps View Post
    Shove it all in the closet and throw away anything that falls out
    This/wait for a flood/wait until you have to move and then dumpster.

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    I keep a memento bin where I put all my kids' firsts or something memorable like cards they made for us or class pictures. Everything else goes to the trash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilith View Post
    I keep a memento bin where I put all my kids' firsts or something memorable like cards they made for us or class pictures. Everything else goes to the trash.
    Approximately this. Two took art classes for years, so I made a point of asking for a couple of their nice works and had them framed, they have permanent spots on the walls.

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