So glad I only have two Easter baskets to raid tonight - there are only so many malted milk eggs a mother can eat.
As I decompress and clean and do laundry after the Easter holiday, I have to remind myself that I don't have to keep all the creations that the kids have made at school and at home. It's hard! I can see all the work that they put into it, all the scribbles and strokes and, in my youngest son's case, the sharp, excited crayon jabs. But the boys are relentless- prolifically decorating pages at a time, all adorable.
Facebook has been a great tool for saving space and organizing all the artistic endeavors that come across the kitchen table. When I get a pile of papers, especially with cotton and glitter just barely hanging on, I'll take pictures of them and post them to the boys' individual photo albums for art on the site. When I'm ready to work with them, I can download the album as a zip file. The button is on the top right corner of the album on the desktop view, the little gear.
Earlier this year, I downloaded my oldest son's pre-K work and made it into a book with Snapfish. The progression of his work is clear from the beginning to the end, and I used a Sharpie to put in comments that otherwise would have been lost to time. And on Facebook, friends and family get to see what the boys are up to and weigh in on their favorites!
And while I still save some of the best pieces, it gives me the courage to put the rest into the recycling. Just not while he's home.
Other ways to tame the art pile include this cute hinged frame with room for storage- so the pile doesn't end up on the kitchen table.
And with Mother's Day and Father's Day coming up, it might be a good idea to watch for deals on the photo-printing sites. Grandma and grandpa could wake up to your kids' (or your own!) shining faces on a mug. And without the whining about school (or work)!