How to Sort and Store your Child’s Artwork


I’m sure every parent knows that once your child is old enough to pick up a pencil, the stream of artwork seemingly never ends. But how do you sort and store the fragile tokens of youth without hurting anyone’s feelings? Having a proper system in place for storing your child’s precious creations is a great way to make space in your house and allow for you to enjoy those memories for years to come. Follow these easy tips to ensure your child’s artwork stays in the best condition possible when it comes time to store.

Figure Out What You Already Have

Before you even start to think about storing the artwork start by sorting through all the papers and art you have at home. If the school year has just ended and you have a huge pile, that might be a good place to start. That way you can sort through what needs to be kept and what needs to be tossed.

Be Involved Together

Allow your kids to feel as though they have control of their own things by sorting the pile our together. If there is a particularly large pile of paper and artwork consider breaking that up into a smaller pile and then just looking at those items with your child. Ask them which ones they want to keep to display, keep to store and which ones they don’t mind throwing out.  Make it a fun family activity!

Narrow it Down

A good quote to go by is “If everything is special, then nothing is special”. It’s a lot more valuable if you have a few special pieces to admire and reminisce over rather than have 1000 pieces of paper to sift through.

Go Digital!

Before physically storing your precious memories consider using an app such as Keepy to upload pictures and videos of your child’s art. It then automatically organizes everything by child and by year. You can even share the memory onto your timeline and show all of your family and friends.

Time to Store!

Once you feel you have narrowed down the most valuable and precious artwork pieces it’s time to store them! How you decide to store your artwork is always going to be very dependent on the size. For standard sized paper a good option is to buy simple plastic page protectors and a binder. That way you can label each binder with your children’s age, use tabs to track their process or even put your child’s photo on the front! Larger pieces can be rolled and stored in poster tubes. This may also be a helpful storage method for oddly-shaped pieces that won’t fit in the portfolio.

Very special pieces that you want to make sure to preserve can be laminated or framed. Lamination is a good way to protect artwork that won’t fit in a page protector or portfolio, and you can easily buy lamination supplies at any office store! An important aspect in ensuring your artwork stays looking good as new in self-storage temperature control. Temperature and humidity are two huge factors in ruining your artwork as cracks are warping are just two of the dangers presented by fluctuating climate. Ultimately the best self-storage unit is the one that fits your needs and wants. Choose the perfect self storage unit size every time here and ensure you are making the most out of your unit.

Are you planning on storing any of your children’s art any time soon? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!